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Pet deaths prompt recall of pet food
AP via Yahoo! ^ | 3-16-07 | ANDREW BRIDGES

Posted on 03/16/2007 2:53:30 PM PDT by Dysart

WASHINGTON - A major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths.

An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, Menu Foods said in announcing the North American recall. Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death, the company said.

"At this juncture, we're not 100 percent sure what's happened," said Paul Henderson, the company's president and chief executive officer. However, the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, since dropped for another source, spokeswoman Sarah Tuite said. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

The recall covers the company's "cuts and gravy" style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between Dec. 3 and March 6 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger Company, Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others, Henderson said.

Menu Foods did not immediately provide a full list of brand names and lot numbers covered by the recall, saying they would be posted on its Web site — http://www.menufoods.com/recall — early Saturday. Consumers with questions can call (866) 463-6738.

The company said it manufacturers for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies. Its three U.S. and one Canadian factory produce more than 1 billion containers of wet pet food a year. The recall covers pet food made at company plants in Emporia, Kan., and Pennsauken, N.J., Henderson said.

Henderson said the company received an undisclosed number of owner complaints of vomiting and kidney failure in dogs and cats after they had been fed its products. It has tested its products but not found a cause for the sickness.

"To date, the tests have not indicated any problems with the product," Henderson said.

The company alerted the

Food and Drug Administration, which already has inspectors in one of the two plants, Henderson said. The FDA was working to nail down brand names covered by the recall, agency spokesman Mike Herndon said.

Menu Foods is majority owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, based in Ontario, Canada.

Henderson said the recall would cost the company the Canadian equivalent of $26 million to $34 million.


TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: badfood; cat; catfood; dog; dogfood; doggieping; menufoods; petdeaths; recall
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1 posted on 03/16/2007 2:53:32 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart
Hoo-boy! I can hear the lawyers baying at the moon right now!

A lot of people would forgive their children being killed before their pets.

This will be in the courts for years!

2 posted on 03/16/2007 2:56:03 PM PDT by LibKill (Rudy QUEER-SUCKING Ghouliani is loved by democrats and RINOS!)
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If you have this dog food throw is out immediately. Should you have this cat food, utilize your own discretion.


It's only a joke, people. Throw the cat food out too.
3 posted on 03/16/2007 2:57:06 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

4 posted on 03/16/2007 2:57:21 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Dysart

Henderson et al aren't very forthcoming.....


5 posted on 03/16/2007 2:57:57 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: windcliff

ping


6 posted on 03/16/2007 2:58:07 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: Dysart

bump for later


7 posted on 03/16/2007 2:58:30 PM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: LibKill
A lot of people would forgive their children being killed before their pets.

Darn tootin', and I'm one of them!

Ok, ok, so I don't have any kids...

8 posted on 03/16/2007 2:58:45 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Dysart

Can I test it on the neighbors' dogs first?


9 posted on 03/16/2007 2:59:02 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: LibKill
Well I appreciate hyperbole, and I think you're right about the lawyers and such. Peter Pan peanut butter is still not stocked in my grocery store. This can not only kill pets, but a business as well.
10 posted on 03/16/2007 3:00:05 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

Would be nice to know what brands they package dog and cat food for. Guess I'll feed my girl deer meat tonight.


11 posted on 03/16/2007 3:00:16 PM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: Dysart

3


12 posted on 03/16/2007 3:00:18 PM PDT by 100-Fold_Return (Sell Low--Buy Lower)
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To: Dysart

If you have a pet you should really take a look at what is in the food you buy. Here's an article that talks about some of the things that the pet food manufacturers use.

http://www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1

We switched our pets onto human grade kibble and there has been a noticeable difference in their coats and their energy levels.


13 posted on 03/16/2007 3:02:24 PM PDT by gruffwolf
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To: Dysart
This is going to be bad for the old folks that eat dog food. /sarc....(Democrat Mantra)
14 posted on 03/16/2007 3:02:34 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Dysart

ping for later


15 posted on 03/16/2007 3:04:30 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delenda est publius schola)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Ping - this is going to affect a lot of people, I'm thinking.

I'd better give my sister a call once I know details...wouldn't be surprised if she feeds some sort of Wal-Mart brand. Her pooch isn't as spoiled as mine...


16 posted on 03/16/2007 3:05:27 PM PDT by RosieCotton
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To: gruffwolf

Good link. I switched my dogs to a venison and potato diet due to intractable allergy problems-- caused by every other dog food product-- and it's been wonderful. And expensive.


17 posted on 03/16/2007 3:06:26 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: HairOfTheDog

On the other hand, at least it's not kibble - won't be as widespread as that thing awhile back.


18 posted on 03/16/2007 3:06:39 PM PDT by RosieCotton
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To: Dysart
LOL! ;-) Tis an extremely evil wind that blows no humor.
19 posted on 03/16/2007 3:08:36 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Dems and RINOs: Too stupid 2 lead, too vain 2 follow, too egotistical 2 get the hell out of the way!)
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To: Dysart
Hopefully, they will list the pet food on their web site tomorrow.

I've been thinking my Kitty hasn't been feeling well lately. He's drinking a lot of water and eats very little after licking only the gravy in his cat food.

I buy Special Kitty in the foil packages and just yesterday switched to Fancy Feast.

Please bump the thread tomorrow..:(

sw

20 posted on 03/16/2007 3:11:31 PM PDT by spectre ((Spectre's wife))
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To: Dysart
If you have this dog food throw is out immediately. Should you have this cat food, utilize your own discretion.

LOL!

Actually, we threw out the cat some months ago (put it to sleep). Best move we ever made :). Now it's just the dog and Science Diet.

21 posted on 03/16/2007 3:11:41 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: Dustbunny

I'd certainly like to know, I don't have any deer meat to feed my kids, but I'd like to know if Iams is in this recall!


22 posted on 03/16/2007 3:12:20 PM PDT by MissEdie (Liberalscostlives)
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To: Dysart; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; sissyjane; Severa; the OlLine Rebel; naturalman1975; ...
Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

23 posted on 03/16/2007 3:12:55 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Dysart

My cat was diagnosed with a kidney problem last month. He usually eats the generic cat food we get at Ralphs (Kroger). (!!!!)


24 posted on 03/16/2007 3:14:06 PM PDT by California74
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To: Dysart

We got a new puppy in November and before we brought her home I did a lot of reading about the Raw diet (not for me) and other healthy alternatives.

I never knew that wheat and corn, both are used as fillers in normal kibble, can cause serious allergy problems in both cats and dogs. Our last dog had bad allergies and we probably spent $1000 or more at the vet trying to figure out the problem.

And don't get me started on the different meat "by-products" that go into animal feed.

Now we only feed grain-free wet and dry foods that use human grade cuts of meat. The animals love it and we haven't had to make any unneeded trips to the Vet.


25 posted on 03/16/2007 3:14:21 PM PDT by gruffwolf
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To: gruffwolf
I switched to the "BARF" diet for my new dog. Its been working out fantastic. I recommend anybody interested to read the Dr. Billinghurst books on the subject.

If you have not heard about it: its a diet around 60% raw meaty bones - I'm talking raw chicken winglets, necks, and the like. The other 40% is raw/pureed vegetable and fruits and other things.

26 posted on 03/16/2007 3:17:39 PM PDT by C210N (Bush SPIED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: C210N

oh, and in case anybody is wondering about the old maxim "never feed chicken bones to an animal", it MUST be raw. Any cooked chicken bone can easily kill a dog, as the cooking makes the bone brittle and splintery.


27 posted on 03/16/2007 3:19:00 PM PDT by C210N (Bush SPIED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: Dustbunny

Guess I'll feed my girl deer meat tonight.

and if I wasn't 600 miles from home, I'd be feeding my dear meat tonight..:)


28 posted on 03/16/2007 3:19:21 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (Never argue with an idiot..they'll bring you down to their level, then beat you with experience..)
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To: Dysart

Is it the meat or gravey that is bad?


29 posted on 03/16/2007 3:21:04 PM PDT by AZRepublican ("The degree in which a measure is necessary can never be a test of the legal right to adopt it.")
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To: Dysart

People were advised to avoid such brands as "Killer Kibbles and Bits", "Roadkill"catfood and "Deadly"dogbones unless it's for a pesky neighbors pet that won't stay away from your garbage can.


30 posted on 03/16/2007 3:21:28 PM PDT by Uncle Meat
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To: Dustbunny
Guess I'll feed my girl deer meat tonight.

I don't know how your girl feels about venison but my wife's cat would insist on it. He's not normally real big on people food (except for canned tuna or salmon) but becomes a pest when game is on our menu.

31 posted on 03/16/2007 3:24:57 PM PDT by magslinger (Submission? That's a bit of a problem!)
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To: spectre
"I've been thinking my Kitty hasn't been feeling well lately. He's drinking a lot of water and eats very little after licking only the gravy in his cat food."

Same here, both of our cats have been throwing up and drinking a ton of water the last week. They won't eat their moist food and pick at their dry food. I switched to a different brand of dry food and it didn't make a difference.

Their wet food is "Fine Feline" from Aldi's at $0.23 a can. A good deal and a moist food they seemed to enjoy until recently.

I'll switch them to canned tuna until I can get them to the vet.

One estimate had the Menu Foods recall at 60 million cans!
32 posted on 03/16/2007 3:27:10 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

mark


33 posted on 03/16/2007 3:28:44 PM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) "These lefties are terminally inebriated on dishonesty." The Nuge)
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To: Dysart

I wonder if that explains why the cat barfed on the carpet in 3 rooms, and will only eat dry food these days.

If her brand shows up on the list, the company is going to owe me a carpet cleaning.


34 posted on 03/16/2007 3:29:07 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Dysart

Thanks.............


BTTT!!!!!


35 posted on 03/16/2007 3:29:54 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer
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To: AZRepublican
Is it the meat or gravey that is bad?

"Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death, the company said."

That's probably the best way to answer your question. Don't think they have a handle on this yet.

36 posted on 03/16/2007 3:34:51 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

Well, we're safe. Ours comes in the gigantic dry dog food bags. Whatever brand is on sale.

Mutt and Jeff do just fine on that. Maybe the table scraps has something to do with it. :-)


37 posted on 03/16/2007 3:36:28 PM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: Dysart; gruffwolf

I wonder if this is related to how many pet food manufacturers use euthanized dogs and cats in thier pet foods?

http://www.answers.com/topic/pet-food-1

http://www.petcaretips.net/euthanized_pets.html


38 posted on 03/16/2007 3:38:41 PM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what an Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: C210N; All

My dogs eat a species appropropriate diet too.

I prefer Tom Lonsdale's (author of Raw Meaty Bones) approach, and do not feed the veggie slop. I don't give any supplements either. I will give them our leftovers, because we eat pretty well, but not in great quantity.

Basically, it is just raw meat and raw bones. Mostly the whole chicken, cut into parts, my guys haven't needed to see the vet for anything in the past 7 years but the legally required rabies shots.


39 posted on 03/16/2007 3:41:55 PM PDT by jacquej
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To: PeteB570
Well, we're safe. Ours comes in the gigantic dry dog food bags. Whatever brand is on sale.

Don't let Mutt and Jeff read #38, or there may be a mutiny in the PeteB570 pack quite soon.

40 posted on 03/16/2007 3:41:56 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: spectre

How old is your kitty?


41 posted on 03/16/2007 3:45:31 PM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what an Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: Dysart
Where's our dinner?!

42 posted on 03/16/2007 3:46:13 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

BIG PING!


43 posted on 03/16/2007 3:50:18 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: doc30

Good grief. I had no idea that the Soylent Corporation had a pet food division!


44 posted on 03/16/2007 3:51:41 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...

Check your cat food.

Slings, I borrowed your list.


45 posted on 03/16/2007 3:52:30 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: y'all
www.menufoods.com will post brands and lot numbers tommorow, so they say. Their website is down presently.
46 posted on 03/16/2007 3:54:55 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart
And tomorrow too :)
47 posted on 03/16/2007 3:57:43 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Charles Martel
I couldn't believe it until my wife found out. I did more digging and it's as clear as a bell. What I don't like is that the drugs used to euthanize dogs and cats isn't broken down during the processing of pet foods. That's how it is known. Horses and cows aren't expensively euthanized when a farmer's bullet does the trick. And there would have to be a lot of pets being priocessed to have detectable levels in pet food. They also said that the euthanized pets come from shelters, not your local vet.

and after reading all that, my wife wanted to cook for the dogs. Fortunately, we use a salmon based food for skin allergies and the maker didn't make one website's list and the ingredianet don't have the 'meal' as a component.

48 posted on 03/16/2007 3:57:47 PM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what an Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
and if I wasn't 600 miles from home, I'd be feeding my dear meat tonight..:)

Heh heh, you dawg.

49 posted on 03/16/2007 3:57:48 PM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: Dysart

So is their phone number.

I'm not sure sure these Canucks have their act together.


50 posted on 03/16/2007 3:58:03 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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