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jeni
19th March 2007, 05:17 PM
I just read this information about a recall on the MSN home page. Seems quite serious :yikes

UNION, N.J. - Silviene Grzybowski became worried when her local pet store pulled the food she normally feeds her cat and posted an announcement saying it, and many other popular pet foods, had been recalled. Her cat, Smokey, hadn’t been eating for days.

“The vet told us to buy her her favorite food, but I’m going to call the vet right now,” Grzybowski said.

Menu Foods, the Ontario, Canada-based company that produced the pet food, said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold throughout North America under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.
An unknown number of cats and dogs had suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said.

Two other companies — Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. — said Saturday that as a precaution they were voluntarily recalling some products made by Menu Foods.

Many stores that sold the affected brands frantically pulled packages off shelves.

Pet owners spot symptoms
Ron Finegold of Boynton Beach, Fla., said he noticed about a week or so ago that his family’s 3-year-old cat — who was regularly fed a variety of Iams cat food — had stopped eating and did not appear well. He quickly took the animal to the veterinarian, who determined she was in renal failure.

He said he heard about the recall on the radio Friday night. He checked his trash, and found out he had given the cat some of the affected food.

“That’s when I realized (the illness) had to be related,” Finegold said. “She won’t be eating that stuff anymore.”

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site, http://www.menufoods.com/recall. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information — (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708 — but callers kept the lines busy for much of Saturday.

Menu Foods’ chief executive and president Paul Henderson told the Associated Press on Friday that the company was still trying to figure out what happened.

He said that the company had received an undisclosed number of owner complaints that dogs and cats were vomiting and suffering kidney failure after eating its products. He estimated that the recall would cost the company, which is mostly owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, an estimated $26 million to $34 million.

Here is a list of Dog Foods that are being recalled:

Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
Authority
Award
Best Choice
Big Bet
Big Red
Bloom
Bruiser
Cadillac
Companion
Demoulas Market Basket
Eukanuba
Food Lion
Giant Companion
Great Choice
Hannaford
Hill Country Fare
Hy-Vee
Iams
Key Food
Laura Lynn
Loving Meals
Meijers Main Choice
Mighty Dog (The recall affects only 5.3 pouch products that were produced from Dec. 3, 2006 through March 14, 2007.)
Mixables
Nutriplan
Nutro Max
Nutro Natural Choice
Nutro
Ol’Roy Canada
Ol’Roy U.S.
Paws
Pet Essentials
Pet Pride - Good ’n Meaty
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority
Publix
Roche Bros
Save-A-Lot
Schnucks
Shep Dog
Springfield Prize
Sprout
Stater Bros
Total Pet, My True Friend
Western Family
White Rose
Winn Dixie
Your Pet

Here is a link to the Menu Foods Web site where you can get more info:

http://www.menufoods.com/recall






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Joanne M
19th March 2007, 11:04 PM
Thank you for posting this information. I appreciate it.

Remali
19th March 2007, 11:57 PM
It was on the News again tonight, how horrible for the people who have lost their dogs to this.

judy
20th March 2007, 02:10 AM
here's an email from Whole Dog Journal about this disaster. As they say in this announcement, "so far," two of the foods recalled were on their highest rated wet foods list in 2006, made by the Nutro company:


On Friday, March 16, Menu Foods, a contract manufacturer of wet pet foods, announced that it was recalling millions of containers (cans and foil pouches) of wet dog food and cat food. The company said the recalled products were made between December 3 and March 6 for dozens of different pet food companies and sold under more than 50 brand names. The recall was prompted by reports of the deaths of at least 10 dogs and cats, as well as reports of dozens more animals who suffered acute kidney failure after eating the implicated products. The foods were sold in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada and sold by major retailers including Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Safeway.

A complete list of the recalled products, along with product codes, descriptions, and production codes, is available from the Menu Foods website at <http://www.menufoods.com/recall> www.menufoods.com/recall or by calling the company at (866) 895-2708. Check the list often; at the time of release of this message, Menu Foods had added more products to the recall list at least twice since its initial release.

Also, several foods that (as of the release of this message) are NOT on the recall list but were manufactured by Menu are being recalled by their companies. Most notable are five Science Diet wet cat foods.

Menu said in a statement that tests of its food had “failed to identify any issues with the products in question.” However, Sarah Tuite, a spokeswoman for Menu Foods, told the New York Times that Menu did associate the timing of the reported deaths with its use of a new supplier for wheat gluten (in our opinion, a low-quality source of protein). The company has since switched back to its former source for wheat gluten.

Most of the products on the recall list are inexpensive "store brands," made for grocery store retail outlets under a variety of names. The major exceptions to this are Iams and Eukanuba, products recognized by most pet owners due to their healthy market share, heavy marketing, and pervasive presence in almost every pet supply chain.

So far, only two foods that have made an appearance on a WDJ "top foods" list have also appeared on the recall list: Nutro's Ultra and Nutro Natural Choice. The Nutro product featured in the 2007 list of "top wet foods," "Nutro Natural Choice Chicken, Rice, and Oatmeal" variety, does not contain wheat gluten and is not on the recall list. However, the Nutro product highlighted on WDJ's 2006 list, Nutro's Ultra Holistic, does contain wheat gluten and is on the recall list.

Owners who fed any of the recalled products in the past three months should be alert for signs of kidney failure in their pets: extreme lethargy, a sudden change in the amount the animal drinks or urinates, jaundice (indicated by the yellowing of the animal's skin and/or whites of eyes), inappetence, and vomiting. As always, if your pet suddenly declines to eat a food he or she has previously enjoyed, cease feeding the product and call the manufacturer with the product date code for more information. Always contact your veterinarian promptly if your animal shows signs of illness.



Thank you,
The Whole Dog Journal Team

Mom_of_2_Cavies
20th March 2007, 07:24 PM
In the New York Times they mention that it seems as though cats are more affected by this than dogs. In all probability, the most vulnerable animals, cats or dogs, are those who already have some kidney issues--and there are probably a lot of people who are not even aware yet that their pet has a kidney problem. We've been through this with a prior dog, and it wasn't until some bloodwork was done prior to routine dental work that they found the beginning of a chronic kidney problem.

I feel so sorry for all these people and animals. What a disaster.

arasara
20th March 2007, 07:34 PM
We seem to be fine but for the last 2 months Faith has regularly been getting canned Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Oatmeal Chicken & Rice food.. I hope nothing happened. As a matter of fact I have to take back 3 cans of it that hadn't been opened yet :|

judy
20th March 2007, 09:00 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2007

AVMA Offers Advice to Pet Owners after Nationwide Food Recall

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.

- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), in response to a
national pet food recall, offers the following information and advice to
concerned pet owners:

Menu Foods, Inc., a Canadian private-label pet food manufacturer based in
Statesville, Ontario, has issued a recall on all its "cuts and gravy" style
dog and cat food products produced at its facility in Emporium, Kansas,
between December 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007. This recall includes 90 brands
across the entire manufacturing spectrum. A complete list of affected foods
including date and product information codes is available through the AVMA
Web
site at: http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/070318.asp. If you have any
of
the products identified on these lists, immediately stop feeding them to
your
pet.

If you suspect that your pet has been affected by a recalled food, do the
following three steps to help your veterinarian with your pet's diagnosis:

Retain food samples for analysis.
- Retain 4 cans or 1 kg of dry food, when possible.
- Freeze when possible or store at room temperature in airtight bags.

Document product name, type of product and manufacturing information.
- Retain all packaging.
- Identify date codes or production lot numbers.
- Retain purchase receipts.

Document product consumption.
- Dates products or products were fed.
- Consumption and palatability history.
- Time of onset of clinical signs.
- Detailed dietary history (ie, all products fed and feeding methods).
Although the exact cause is not currently known, animals that have become
ill
after consuming these products have shown signs of acute kidney failure.

Dr. Sandra Willis, DVM, a board certified diplomate and communications chair
with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and member
of the AVMA Council on Communications, advises that signs of kidney failure
include loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water
consumption and also changes in urination. Anybody who has a pet that
exhibits
these signs should take the animal to a veterinarian.

"Owners shouldn't panic, because there can be a wide variety of reasons a
pet
might exhibit these symptoms," Dr. Willis explained. "But it's always
prudent
that, when a pet is exhibiting any signs of illness, the pet owner should
contact their veterinarian immediately."

A veterinarian may call for a urinalysis and blood work, and might also
perform additional tests, such as an x-ray or ultrasound, to rule out other
possible problems such as bladder and kidney stones. If it has been
determined
that the cat or dog has been affected by consumption of the recalled pet
food,
a veterinarian could decided to treat the illness with medications and/or
intravenous fluids.

"If the kidney disease is severe, such as the animal is not urinating at
all,
the veterinarian can refer or consult with a specialist from the ACVIM for
more specialized care," Dr. Willis explained.

Owners of pets affected by the recalled pet foods who wish to report the
incident should contact the FDA, by going to the FDA Web site at
http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html to find the FDA
complaint coordinator in their state.

Please monitor the AVMA Web site (www.avma.org) for the latest information
on
the recall. Consumers with questions for the manufacturer can contact Menu
Foods, Inc. at 1-866-895-2708. A list of veterinary specialists can be found
at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine at www.acvim.org, or
by calling 800-245-9081.