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Health Alert! Pet Food Recall
Release Date: March 19, 2007

NJLINCS Health Alert Network
Public Health Alert

Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Subject:

Pet Food Recall

Date:

3/19/2007; 11:35:23

Message #:

100416-3-19-2007-PHAL

Contact Inf

Colin T. Campbell, Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program
Phone: 609-588-3121; Email: colin.campbell@doh.state.nj.us
Faye E. Sorhage, Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program
Phone: 609-588-3121; Email: faye.sorhage@doh.state.nj.us

Attachments:

Recall_of_Pet_Foods_Manufactured_by_Menu_Foods,_Inc.htm; Menu_Foods_Pet_Food_Recall.100311.doc

Menu Foods, Inc. announced the precautionary recall of dog and cat food manufactured between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The recall is limited to "cuts and gravy" style pet food in cans and pouches sold under 88 brand names. There have been a small number of reported instances of cats and dogs that developed kidney failure after eating the affected product. The firm has undertaken extensive testing of the pet food products in question, but to date has been unable to find the source of the problem.

In order to determine whether cat and dog food in their possession is subject to recall, consumers should refer to a complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates from the Menu Foods web site at www.menufoods.com/recall. The company also designated phone numbers that pet owners can call for information - (800) 551-1392 or (866) 895-2708.

Consumers who have any of these products should immediately stop feeding them to their pets. Dogs or cats that have consumed the suspect feed and show signs of kidney failure (such as loss of appetite, lethargy, and vomiting) should consult with their veterinarian.


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Please go to the following weblink for detailed information regarding this and other recalls: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html

FDA News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
P07-48
March 17, 2007

Media Inquiries:
Mike Herndon, 301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA

Recall of Pet Foods Manufactured by Menu Foods, Inc.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been informed that Menu Foods, Inc., a private-label pet food manufacturer based in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada, is recalling all its "cuts and gravy" style dog and cat food produced at its facility in Emporia, Kansas between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The products are sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The recall was prompted by consumer complaints received by the manufacturer and by tasting trials conducted by the manufacturer. There has been a small number of reported instances of cats and dogs in the United States that developed kidney failure after eating the affected product. Ten deaths, one dog and nine cats, have reported at this time. The firm has undertaken extensive testing of the pet food products in question, but to date has been unable to find the source of the problem.

The products are packaged in cans and pouches under numerous brand names and are marketed nationwide by many pet food retailers including Ahold USA Inc., Kroger Company, Safeway, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., PetSmart, Inc., and Pet Valu, Inc.

Menu Foods, Inc. has identified the potentially contaminated products on the Internet at http://www.menufoods.com/recall/. Consumers who have any of these products should immediately stop feeding them to their pets. Dogs or cats who have consumed the suspect feed and show signs of kidney failure (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting) should consult with their veterinarian. Menu Foods, Inc. is notifying retailers by telephone and mail and is arranging for the return of all recalled products.

FDA is conducting an investigation and working with Menu Foods, Inc. to ensure the effectiveness of the recall. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-866-895-2708. Consumers who wish to report adverse actions or other problems can go to http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html to contact the FDA complaint coordinator in their state.

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Menu Foods, Inc. Press Release

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company Press Release

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Press Release

P&G Pet Care Press Release (Consumers who have purchased IAMS or Eukanuba pet food who have questions should check the IAMS web site. Consumers who have purchased other pet food distributed by Menu should contact Menu.)








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