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The Local _ International affairs _ Recalled dog and cat food

Posted by: FR 18.Mar.2007, 02:14 PM

By MATTHEW VERRINDER Associated Press Writer


Menu Foods, the Ontario-based company that produced the pet food, said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold throughout North America under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.

An unknown number of cats and dogs had suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said.

Two other companies — Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. — said Saturday that as a precaution they were voluntarily recalling some products made by Menu Foods.

Many stores that sold the affected brands frantically pulled packages off shelves.

Ron Finegold of Boynton Beach, Fla., said he noticed about a week or so ago that his family's 3-year-old cat — who was regularly fed a variety of Iams cat food — had stopped eating and did not appear well. He quickly took the animal to the veterinarian, who determined she was in renal failure.

He said he heard about the recall on the radio Friday night. He checked his trash, and found out he had given the cat some of the affected food.

"That's when I realized (the illness) had to be related," Finegold said. "She won't be eating that stuff anymore."

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site, The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information — (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708 — but callers kept the lines busy for much of Saturday.

Posted by: Muttlestar Galactica 18.Mar.2007, 03:49 PM

Is this YOUR victory FR?

Either way it's darned good news! 8)

Posted by: FR 18.Mar.2007, 03:54 PM

Don't know how much I contributed, if anything at all, but I think it's sad news that such a thing could happen to our little pets, but a really good thing that something has been done about it.

It's also exposed the companies for what they are... shells covering the same insides. Iams, Eukaneuba, Science Diet, house brands and all... inside the bag it's "Menu Products" food. The Sysco of animal food.

Posted by: Muttlestar Galactica 18.Mar.2007, 04:00 PM

Yup it's the same in U.K (and probably worldwide) with food and drink.

Tescos own brand tops being found on otherwise Marks & Spencers premium branded bottles was the last example I remember.

Anyhoo, renal failure is miserable way for any animal to die...Truly awful.

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