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27484pet food recall - kidney damage

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  • nala nala
    Mar 16, 2007
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      Covers '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
      Herndon said.

      Menu Foods is majority owned by the Menu Foods Income
      Fund, based in Ontario, Canada.


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