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Woolworths' pet food contaminated

As a precaution, Woolworths has withdrawn all Woolworths branded dry dog and cat food from its shelves, due to concern that there is a small possibility that some customers' pets may be at risk from micro traces of a contaminant which has been identified in some batches of Woolworths labelled dry dog food.

The store said customers may return any existing dry dog or cat food to a Woolworths store for a full refund.

Own supplier at fault
"Woolworths offers alternative dog and cat food brands, Pedigree and Whiskas, as well as Woolworths pouched and tinned food, which is sourced from a different supplier and does not contain the contaminated ingredient," the group said.
Woolworths said it had been alerted by its dry pet food supplier on 19 January that there might be traces of the contaminant in the supplier's own range of pet food.

Contaminant found after tests
Woolworths initiated a battery of tests on pet foods received from this supplier. The tests were negative but Woolworths continued with further, more sensitive tests. "On 13 February 2007, Woolworths immediately issued an instruction to withdraw two dry Woolworths dog food lines from the shelves in all stores as traces of a contaminant, ethylene-glycol, were found in these particular products," it added.

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