I hope all pet owners heard the news

There’s a major recall of canned cat and dog food manufactured by Menu Foods. Go here to see the extensive list of pet food brands that are being recalled.
Menu Foods press release on this issue begins with this:

Menu Foods Income Fund (the “Fund”) (TSX:MEW.UN) today announced the precautionary recall of a portion of the dog and cat food it manufactured between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The recall is limited to “cuts and gravy” style pet food in cans and pouches manufactured at two of the Fund’s United States facilities. These products are both manufactured and sold under private-label and are contract-manufactured for some national brands.

Over the past several days, the Fund has received feedback in the United States (none in Canada) raising concerns about pet food manufactured since early December, and its impact on the renal health of the pets consuming the products. Shortly after receipt of the first complaint, the Fund initiated a substantial battery of technical tests, conducted by both internal and external specialists, but has failed to identify any issues with the products in question. The Fund has, however, discovered that timing of the production associated with these
complaints, coincides with the introduction of an ingredient from a new supplier. The Fund stopped using this ingredient shortly after this discovery and production since then has been undertaken using ingredients from another source.

As my luck would have it, I feed my cat one of the recalled brands. She also eats dry cat food. But she’s been acting kind of funny lately — as though she’s not feeling well. You know, hiding under the bed, throwing up, not drinking much water…..
The cats who have been reported as ill from eating the cat food in question (some of whom have died) have all experienced renal failure.
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I threw out her canned cat food, and I’m keeping an eye on my Calli. Of course, she’s not hard to miss; she weighs almost 20 pounds!

7 thoughts on “I hope all pet owners heard the news

  1. I hope your kitty’s OK! I’ve been trying to find out what kind of contaminant (chemical? microbiological?) they’re talking about, but it looks like nobody really knows.

  2. I’m sorry to hear your Calli is not feeling well and hope it will not prove to be serious. I understand that many cats vomit more frequently in the spring.

  3. So far, Calli doesn’t seem sick. She does go through periods of not eating much. Maybe this is one of them. I’m still keeping watch on her. Thanks for the comments.

    I haven’t heard anything about what kind of a contamimant it is either. Whatever it is must be in some very basic ingredient if there’s such a widespread recall.

  4. I read in an AP story that was forwarded on a dog-related listserv I am on that the tainted ingredient may be some kind of wheat gluten.

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