News last update:6 Aug 2012

Europe source of contaminated pet food

The toxic chemical found in some Woolworths branded dry dog and cat food in South African stores originated from a supplier in Europe, according to the local manufacturer.

Woolworths withdrew all the affected products from its stores after traces of ethylene-glycol, a type of coolant, were found in some of the pet food last week.

According to the manufacturer AquaNutro, the products are fully registered with the Department of Agriculture and the company is a full member of the Pet Food Industry Association of Southern Africa.
The company said in late 2006 and early 2007, claims were made by dog owners and a veterinary surgeon that some of its products allegedly caused renal or kidney failure in dogs.

Identify the source
"By using our traceability system, AquaNutro was able to identify the source ingredient that caused the contamination. A specific batch of ingredient was then positively tested for the presence of ethylene-glycol.
"The supplier of that specific ingredient was immediately notified of the contaminated raw material and our company cancelled all orders. The specific raw material originated in Europe, but was obtained through a local supplier. New orders of that ingredient were placed directly from a different supplier in Europe," the company said.

Affected products are Omega Premium, Platinum Maintenance, DogSense Adult, K9 Generations and Export Product.

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