Menu Foods, a major manufacturer of dog and cat food recalled 60 million
containers of wet food on Friday after it received reports of pets suffering
kidney failure. Initial reports say about 10 animals have died after consuming
the infected pet food which is supplied to Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger, PetSmart
and other retailers.
In announcing the North American recall for its "cuts and gravy" style pet
food, the manufacturer said it has undertaken the product testing but no results
have yet been revealed regarding the cause of illness and
Paul Henderson, the
company's president and chief executive officer said, "At this juncture, we're
not 100% sure what's happened." According to company spokeswoman Sarah Tuite,
the recalled products were manufactured from wheat gluten, a source of protein
that it purchased from a new supplier. The recalled food consists of chunks of
meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches.
The food that has been specifically targeted for recall was
sold between Dec. 3 and March 6 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
order to determine whether cat and dog food in their possession is subject to
recall, consumers should refer to the list of brand names ("listed products").
identified on the website can continue to be used. Menu is the leading North
American private-label/contract manufacturer of wet pet food products sold by
supermarket retailers, mass merchandisers, pet specialty retailers and other
retail and wholesale outlets.
In 2006, Meny Foods produced more than one
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