It seems that the pet food industry has not yet recovered
from the massive pet food recall last March. Apart from decline in sales
growth, many products are still missing from store shelves.
Only about 15% of the dog and cat foods recalled are
back, says Petco (PETC), the number 2
pet-food chain in the US. PetSmart (PETM),
the biggest pet-food
chain, also says few products have returned but that the bulk is expected in the
next few months. Some products will take longer to return, and some have been
discontinued, says Michelle Friedman, PetSmart spokeswoman. The recalled Iams
products aren't expected back until next year, she says.
Friedman says Menu Foods' products are taking time to return because
the company is crafting and applying new safeguards to prevent problems,
including more testing of raw ingredients. Petco also says some brands
reformulated products and packaging.
Last March, 60
million cans of cat and dog food have been recalled from US stores after contamination of melamine. Chinese
companies used this contaminant to boost the protein level
of wheat gluten before they shipped it to North
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