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    I just read this information about a recall on the MSN home page. Seems quite serious

    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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    Thank you for posting this information. I appreciate it.
    Mum to Tucker, born May 14, 2005

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    It was on the News again tonight, how horrible for the people who have lost their dogs to this.
    ~Renee, Bentley & Bailey & Maddie

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    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

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    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.
    - Pat

    Mom to Pepper, Ruby boy (b. 5/10/05), and Milly, Blenheim girl (b. 3/3/06)

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    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
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    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.

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