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.
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!