27484pet food recall - kidney damage
- Mar 16, 2007Covers 'store brands' of wet food in cans and pouches
- further details will be released Saturday 3/17/07
Food was made by "Menu Foods" at company plants in
Emporia, Kan., and Pennsauken, N.J.,and sold by stores
operated by the Kroger Company, Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart
Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others. (Kroger
includes: Ralph's, City Market, King Sooper's,
Smith's, Bakers, Fry, QFC/Quality Food Centers,
Owen's, Highlander, Gerbe's, Pay Less Supermarkets,
Food-4-Less, Foods Co, Fred Meyer and others)
WASHINGTON - A major manufacturer of dog and cat food
sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store
brands recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food
Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths.
An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney
failure and about 10 died after eating the affected
pet food, Menu Foods said in announcing the North
American recall. Product testing has not revealed a
link explaining the reported cases of illness and
death, the company said.
"At this juncture, we're not 100 percent sure what's
happened," said Paul Henderson, the company's
president and chief executive officer.
The recall covers the company's "cuts and gravy" style
food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold
in cans and small foil pouches between Dec. 3 and
March 6. The pet food was sold by stores operated by
the Kroger Company, Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
and PetSmart Inc., among others, Henderson said.
Menu Foods did not immediately provide a full list of
brand names and lot numbers covered by the recall,
saying they would be posted on its Web site
http://www.menufoods.com/recall early Saturday.
Consumers with questions can call (800) 551-7392.
The company said it manufacturers for 17 of the top 20
North American retailers. It is also a contract
manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies.
Its three U.S. and one Canadian factory produce more
than 1 billion containers of wet pet food a year. The
recall covers pet food made at company plants in
Emporia, Kan., and Pennsauken, N.J., Henderson said.
Henderson said the company received an undisclosed
number of owner complaints of vomiting and kidney
failure in dogs and cats after they had been fed its
products. It has tested its products but not found a
cause for the sickness.
"To date, the tests have not indicated any problems
with the product," Henderson said.
The company alerted the Food and Drug Administration,
which already has inspectors in one of the two plants,
Henderson said. The FDA was working to nail down brand
names covered by the recall, agency spokesman Mike
Menu Foods is majority owned by the Menu Foods Income
Fund, based in Ontario, Canada.
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