OT:FDA Finds Melamine in Wheat Gluten Hill's m/d
- *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
March 30, 2007
FDA Finds Melamine in Wheat Gluten used by Hill's Pet Nutrition
*Company Initiates Recall of Dry Cat Food*
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today notified Hill's Pet Nutrition,
Inc., of Topeka, Kansas, that FDA testing has detected melamine and melamine
byproducts in wheat gluten received by the company to make dry cat food. FDA
is conducting an investigation into pet food products made with wheat gluten
that contains melamine and their association with reports of injury and
deaths in cats and dogs.
Because the cat food is sold exclusively through veterinarians, Hill's has
notified veterinarians, and is voluntarily recalling the pet food containing
the wheat gluten and will conduct its own testing.
Consumers who have any bags of Prescription Diet m/d Feline should
discontinue use. They should speak with their veterinarian if their pet
shows any signs of kidney/renal illness. Such signs include loss of
appetite, lethargy and vomiting.
"FDA recognizes that pets are very important to the American people and our
sympathies go out to those who have lost their beloved pets," said Stephen
Sundlof, D.V.M., director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and
During two months in early 2007, Hill's Pet Nutrition manufactured
Prescription Diet m/d Feline using wheat gluten from the same company that
has supplied wheat gluten to Menu Foods, Inc. Menu Foods, Inc. (
menufoods.com/recall <http://www.menufoods.com/recall>) has also voluntarily
recalled products potentially contaminated with melamine. See
http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html for more information on
the pet food recall.
The Hill's cat food now being recalled is labeled Prescription Diet m/d
Feline dry food. The products are:
- 4 lb. bag, U.S. & Canada UPC code 52742 42770
- 10 lb. bag, U.S. & Canada UPC code 52742 42790
The agency is continuing to work with Menu Foods, Inc., and Hill's Pet
Nutrition, Inc., to ensure the effectiveness of their recalls.
For more information, consumers may contact Hills Pet Nutrition at
1-800-445-5777 or visit www.HillsPet.com <http://www.hillspet.com/>.
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