FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2007
AVMA Offers Advice to Pet Owners after Nationwide Food Recall
- 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
site at: http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/070318.asp
. If you have any
the products identified on these lists, immediately stop feeding them to
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
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
these signs should take the animal to a veterinarian.
"Owners shouldn't panic, because there can be a wide variety of reasons a
might exhibit these symptoms," Dr. Willis explained. "But it's always
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
that the cat or dog has been affected by consumption of the recalled pet
a veterinarian could decided to treat the illness with medications and/or
"If the kidney disease is severe, such as the animal is not urinating at
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
to find the FDA
complaint coordinator in their state.
Please monitor the AVMA Web site (www.avma.org
) for the latest information
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
by calling 800-245-9081.