Pet Food Recalls
Being animal lovers and dog lovers, I know this is a subject that is on all of our minds! Just when you think you can sit back and relax a little you hear about yet another pet food being contaminated and recalled, you hear about another dog or cat sick and dying, you hear about another beloved furbaby who didn’t make it because they ate contaminated food.
It’s scary because we all love our babies and want to do the best by them, take care of them, spoil and pamper them and feed them the best that we can. Now we have to be afraid everytime we go to buy even the most basic and essential requirement for them, their food.
Here is a Recall Press Release from the FDA
Recall — Firm Press Release
FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.
Menu Foods Voluntarily Recalls Additional Pet Food made with ChemNutra Wheat Gluten
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — TORONTO, April 10, 2007 — Prompted by reports from the US Food and Drug Administration as to the presence of melamine in cans of cuts and gravy pet food produced in Menu Foods’ Canadian production facility, Menu Foods undertook an accounting of all recalled wheat gluten supplied by ChemNutra Inc. to Menu Foods in the United States. As the result of that review, Menu Foods has identified a single interplant transfer of the ChemNutra supplied wheat gluten, shipped from Menu Foods’ plant in Emporia, Kansas, to its plant in Streetsville, Ontario. This wheat gluten was subsequently used in the production of pet food in December, 2006 and January, 2007, which is being recalled by Menu Foods. The new varieties in the United States and Canada have been added to the recall list.
For the latest recall group see – FDA Recall Press Release
For a complete list of recalled products, including the new items can be reviewed at http://www.menufoods.com.
More FDA News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2007
Vash Klein and Catherine McDermott, 301-827-6242
FDA Warns Consumers That Retailers May Still Have Recalled Pet Food on Shelves
Menu Foods Expands Recall to More Cat Food
FDA is advising pet owners that recalled pet food may still be on the shelves in some retail establishments. FDA urges retailers across the country to be vigilant in removing all products associated with the pet food recall, which began on March 16, 2007.
To verify the effectiveness of the recall, FDA has conducted approximately 400 checks of retail stores across the country. Based on the checks, FDA believes most companies have removed the recalled product; however, some have not. FDA will continue to monitor retailersâ€™ efforts to remove these items from the shelves.
â€œFDAâ€™s priority is to make sure that cats and dogs have safe food to eat, said Stephen Sundlof, D.V.M., director of FDAâ€™s Center for Veterinary Medicine.â€ Many of us are pet owners and animal lovers, and we want pet owners to feel assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure that all contaminated food is off the shelves.â€
In related news, Menu Foods, Inc., a private label manufacturer based in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada, expanded its recall on Tuesday, April 10, to cat food not previously subject to the recall. The varieties of cat food in the United States and Canada now being recalled are included in the list at the bottom of this news release. A complete list of Menu Foods’ recalled products, including the new items, can be reviewed at www.menufoods.com.
The company acted after receiving information from FDA, which had confirmed test results it received from a laboratory at University of California, Davis. The UC-Davis lab found that canned cat food which had not been included in Menu Foodâ€™s earlier recalls tested positive for melamine, a chemical used as a fertilizer and in the manufacture of cutlery and kitchenware.
The company informed FDA that it had shipped wheat gluten purchased from China and contaminated with melamine from its Emporia, Kansas plant to its plant in Streetsville. Some of the products produced with the contaminated wheat gluten also were shipped to the United States. FDA investigators and officials with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were in the Ontario facility on April 11.
Since March 16, recalls of pet food products, including certain varieties of dog food, have been conducted by Menu Foods, Inc., Hillâ€™s Pet Nutrition, P&G Pet Care, Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Del Monte Pet Products, and Sunshine Mills, Inc. Extensive information about the current pet food situation can be found at the FDA Web site. There is now a single list of all recalled pet food located at http://www.fda.gov/ora/fed_state/recalls/Recall.xls which will be updated with any new recall information when announced.
Please keep track of pet food recalls!! Keep your pets safe. As I come across additional information I will post it here.
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