Pet Food Recall Update - April 15, 2007
What could be happening?
On March 16th, 2007, an unprecedented pet food recall by Menu Foods, Inc. was implemented, which removed more than 60 million containers of wet pet food off the shelves nationwide, much to the dismay of millions of pet owners across America.
Sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other large store brands, the over 100 different product brands reportedly have caused sickness, vomiting, extreme thirst, kidney failure and even death.
The full number of cats and dogs that have suffered is unknown but 16 deaths were reportedly related to eating the affected pet food. In announcing the North American recall, Menu Foods said product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death.
Pet owners with animals showing symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy and extreme thirst are being told to bring them in for immediate examination.
In addition to manufacturing for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers, Menu foods said it is also a contract manufacturer for the top-branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co.
Menu Foods reports it received a number of pet owner complaints of vomiting and kidney failure in dogs and cats after they had ingested its products.
Testing revealed the cause of the sickness is the presence of melamine, a chemical used to make plastics. In then recognized wheat gluten, but most recently added to the list is a second ingredient, rice protein concentrate.
Wheat Gluten Ban
The U.S. government has banned the import of wheat gluten from China, suspecting a link between the melamine sometimes used in fertilizers in Asia and the wheat gluten imported from China.”
Class Action Lawsuit Against Menu Foods
The Pet Food recall has led to at least three lawsuits against Menu Foods from pet owners who allege their animals got sick or died after eating recalled food. The FDA has sent inspectors to Menu Food plants in New Jersey and Kansas.
Most complaints stem from products made at the latter factory, though both received shipments of wheat gluten from the same suppliers in China, said Stephen F. Sundlof, the FDA’s chief veterinarian. These ingredients are a protein source used to thicken the pet food gravy.
Updated List Of Recalled Pet Foods
For the most up to date list of recalled food, visit www.avma.org - the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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Pet Food Recall Information sources:
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