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Pet Food Recall

By Gary Bogue
Monday, March 19th, 2007 at 11:10 am in Food recalls.

I wondered when something like this was going to happen

When we had last September’s E. coli breakout with the spinach, I figured it was going to only be a matter of time until something similar happened with pet food. Unfortunately, I was right.

In a front page story in Sunday’s Times by Associated Press writer Matthew Verrinde:

Menu Foods, the Ontario-based company that makes wet food sold under many top pet food brand food names, “said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands, including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.”

An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected food, the company said. “The recall is limited to ‘cuts and gravy’ style pet food that was sold in cans and pouches.”

The story said, “A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates is available from the Menu Foods Web site, www.menufoods.com/recall.

The company designated two phone numbers that pet owners can call for information: 866-463-6738 and 866-895-2708.” I tried both these numbers repeatedly this morning and they were always busy. I suspect they’re getting a LOT of calls.

The complete story in Sunday’s Times can be read at http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/16929669.htm

I’ll immediately update this blog with any new information on this as soon as I get it.

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5 Responses to “Pet Food Recall”

  1. kd3569 Says:

    After seeing the list of recalled foods, we took back cans of Priority dog food to Safeway. Not all were on the list, but why take the chance? We also have cans of Mighty Dog, the meat and gravy type. MD cans are not on the list but MD pouches are. With animals dying, how can they expect us to believe that food in a pouch is dangerous but the same food in a can isn’t? The cans of Mighty Dog are going back!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    A lot of people are concerened regarding the “dry” dog/cat food also. I think they should have stated that the “dry” dog/cat food was NOT affected. At least not at this time.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    The source of contamination has not yet been determined.

    See article “Tainted pet food killed 7 during testing”

    http://www.ktvu.com/news/11298832/detail.html

  4. Pat Says:

    So scary….I have a senior cat (and some younger ones) who occasionally enjoys her Fancy Feast. I may be over reacting, but I took back the cans labeled “with gravy.” At 16 years old and having numerous age related health problems, it’s just not worth the risk.

    Pat in Antioch

  5. Norma Wheeler Says:

    This does it for me. From now on our animals will have only home cooked food.
    We have been feeding home cooked along with a top grade dry food for quite a while. I think now the dry will go also. Our 4 dogs are very precious to us and to lose them in such a way would be very hard to deal with.

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