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More Brands Added To Pet Food Recall
Science Daily ^ | 3-19-2007

Posted on 03/19/2007 11:18:57 AM PDT by blam

More brands added to pet food recall

STREETSVILLE, Ontario, March 19 (UPI) -- Pet food manufacturer Menu Foods of Streetsville, Ontario, has added seven brands to its list of potentially dangerous pet foods.

The manufacturer issued a recall "cuts and gravy"-style cat and dog food brands including Americas Choice, Iams and President's Choice sold at stores across North America after it was revealed that the foods may contribute to kidney failure and death in cats and dogs, ABC News reported Monday.

At least 10 pet deaths have been linked to the recalled foods.

"It's very possible other companies will have to add to this recall," said Louise Murray, director of medicine for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "People need to keep updating themselves."

Kevin Whalen, spokesman for retailer PETCO, said the store has removed multiple foods, including some that were not listed in the recall, to be "extra careful."

"If it was even possible that certain pet food would be involved, we wanted to be safe," he said.

A full list of the recalled products is available at menufoods.com/recall/.


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KEYWORDS: brands; food; menufoods; pet; recall
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1 posted on 03/19/2007 11:19:01 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

My girl Sarah eats right from the table - with me - and is in no danger, bless her heart! So much for all those geeks who said she should eat dog food.


2 posted on 03/19/2007 11:23:57 AM PDT by twonie (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT '08. THERE - A COMMITMENT OUT LOUD.)
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To: blam

What about all the old people and poor people tha eat dog food any case reported yet


3 posted on 03/19/2007 11:26:23 AM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: blam
Menu Foods Inc., based in Streetsville, Ontario, is a major supplier of food under such brand names as Iams, Pet Pride and Eukanuba. It also supplies dozens of private-label store-brand dog and cat foods, including those at major U.S. grocery-store chains, including Foodtown, Food Lion, Safeway Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Scores of types of wet-food products are involved, which Menu Foods details on its Internet site at menufoods.com/recall. As many as 60 million containers of wet food are reported to be involved in the recall, under 48 different brands of dog food and 40 different brands of cat food.

4 posted on 03/19/2007 11:26:24 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: twonie
"My girl Sarah eats right from the table - with me - and is in no danger, bless her heart!"

My four doggies get fresh baked chicken every day. (Click on my name to see my doggies.)

5 posted on 03/19/2007 11:32:47 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
"A full list of the recalled products is available at menufoods.com/recall/."

Here's a link to the site.

6 posted on 03/19/2007 11:35:17 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Cute dogs! Aren't wags & kisses the greatest? :o)


7 posted on 03/19/2007 11:35:52 AM PDT by Millee (Tagline free since 10/20/06)
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To: blam
Is that all you feed them, the chicken? I've always heard that people food would make them sick. Obviously not, from the looks of yours. Maybe it's just a ploy to sell more dog food?

Carolyn

8 posted on 03/19/2007 11:36:42 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: blam

Thanks for posting this. Our five kitties are eating Purina canned food so there shouldn't be an issue. The website says the company doesn't know why this happened. I wonder if some sicko dumped anti-freeze into the "ingredient" before supplying it to the company. That causes renal failure, and almost killed one of our cats many years ago.


9 posted on 03/19/2007 11:37:05 AM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: blam

Looks like the website for the list has been swamped.
I can't get it to load.
www.menufoods.com/recall/


10 posted on 03/19/2007 11:39:13 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: twonie

Our girls eat dry Beneful and all the table scraps they can con us out of. Pepperoni slices for special treats.


11 posted on 03/19/2007 11:39:17 AM PDT by babaloo
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To: blam
The company is working with scientists from Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine to pinpoint the cause. Cornell officials said yesterday they have so far been unable to locate anything in either the food or the tissues of dead animals that would explain causation in the illnesses and deaths.

Menu Foods said Friday that the products in question were made using wheat gluten from a new supplier and that the company now is using a difference source for this material.

Cornell also supplied researchers in the earlier recall case, which began in the fall of 2005 and continued into 2006. In that episode, at least 76 dog deaths across the U.S. were attributed to contaminated food produced by Diamond Pet Foods Inc. In that instance, food had been contaminated by toxic and naturally occurring, produced by fungus on corn and other grains. These produced liver damage, unlike the symptoms in the current recall.

12 posted on 03/19/2007 11:43:13 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: al baby
It's Bush's fault. He's trying to kill off the poor that didn't yet starve to death from living off ketchup as a vegetable.
13 posted on 03/19/2007 11:43:29 AM PDT by Leisler
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To: CDHart
"Is that all you feed them, the chicken? I've always heard that people food would make them sick. Obviously not, from the looks of yours. Maybe it's just a ploy to sell more dog food?"

Nah, they don't get sick. They've been eating chicken daily now for 10, 9, 8, 7 years. Thay have access to all the (top-of-the-line) dry dog food they want too.

14 posted on 03/19/2007 11:43:36 AM PDT by blam
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Any dry food involved? Can't get to the site.


15 posted on 03/19/2007 11:44:05 AM PDT by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: blam

I don't know what my cat eats. Whatever is cheap. He's looking kind of ragged lately.

It's about time for a new cat anyway.


16 posted on 03/19/2007 11:45:20 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: blam; Zuben Elgenubi; PAR35

This is too much of a coincident who would benifit or have leverage??

Across the broad of cat food companies hit could it be the terrorist tell how easy it is to get into our food supply?


17 posted on 03/19/2007 11:47:25 AM PDT by restornu
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To: blam

I sure am glad we do not used canned food. From what I have seen and read it appears to be limited to dry so for us that is good,


18 posted on 03/19/2007 11:49:31 AM PDT by Shots (Loose Lips sink ships.........)
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To: blam
My 103 year old grandmother claims eating this brand makes her healthy as a rhinoceros...
19 posted on 03/19/2007 11:51:00 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: zarf

As far as I can tell, no dry foods are involved.


20 posted on 03/19/2007 11:52:03 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: blam

Everyone laughs when I say I use good old Alpo. The famous alpo farts are horrible.

But, I don't see them on the list!


21 posted on 03/19/2007 11:53:38 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: Tarantulas

Purina is one of the companies just added to the list.
According to another article here on FR.


22 posted on 03/19/2007 11:53:48 AM PDT by free me
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To: restornu
"...could it be the terrorist tell how easy it is to get into our food supply?"

Let's see what the Cornell CSI group identifies.

23 posted on 03/19/2007 11:54:03 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: PAR35

Recall of Pet Foods Manufactured by Menu Foods, Inc.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been informed that Menu Foods, Inc., a private-label pet food manufacturer based in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada, is recalling all its "cuts and gravy" style dog and cat food produced at its facility in Emporia, Kansas between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The products are sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01590.html


24 posted on 03/19/2007 11:55:10 AM PDT by restornu
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

who?


25 posted on 03/19/2007 11:55:41 AM PDT by restornu
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To: blam

So, do I take it that wet means canned food?? I do feed my cats the dry Iams and some canned, but for the life of me, I can't remember the brand. It might be little friskies. I guess I pay close attention don't I?


26 posted on 03/19/2007 11:58:58 AM PDT by southernindymom
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
The company is working with scientists from Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine to pinpoint the cause. Cornell officials said yesterday they have so far been unable to locate anything in either the food or the tissues of dead animals that would explain causation in the illnesses and deaths.

They need to be looking for Castor beans (ricin) accidentally or deliberately dumped into the ingredients.

Or more innocently, there may be some generally harmless ingredient that just a few pets are allergic to. Consider peanuts and people.

27 posted on 03/19/2007 12:00:18 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: restornu
Who?

See my post #12. Cornell Vet School scientists have been called in to assist in the identification of the pathogen.

28 posted on 03/19/2007 12:00:38 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: AppyPappy

hahahahahaha, you sound like me! While my cats are ok, I'm not really a pet person. My kids conned me in to them and now the kids are gone to college and the cats are still here! I told them that the first one to graduate and get his own place gets the cats.


29 posted on 03/19/2007 12:01:05 PM PDT by southernindymom
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To: All
If you ever saw what actually goes into dog food, this would not surprise anyone.
30 posted on 03/19/2007 12:02:26 PM PDT by newnhdad
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To: blam

I assume this applies to acute kidney failure; right, if you know?

I'm asking because my cat was diagnosed recently with chronic kidney failure and she always used to eat canned IAMS over the years.


31 posted on 03/19/2007 12:03:44 PM PDT by tabsternager
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To: blam

My kitties eat dry food. Is this still limited to cuts and gravy types?

Nothing works when I try to get the update.


32 posted on 03/19/2007 12:04:14 PM PDT by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: js1138
They need to be looking for Castor beans (ricin) accidentally or deliberately dumped into the ingredients. Or more innocently, there may be some generally harmless ingredient that just a few pets are allergic to. Consider peanuts and people.

Good points. Wheat gluten is mentioned as a possible problem area and chlorinated lipids cause pretty bad kidney disease. I suspect they'll focus initially right there.

33 posted on 03/19/2007 12:05:13 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: tabsternager

Yes, kidney failure.


34 posted on 03/19/2007 12:15:03 PM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Kidney problems are among the most common health problems in pets. Look at all the pet foods that specifically mention kidney and urinary tract health. I imagine that if you look at all the pets in the country eating any particular product, at least ten a day will die.

This could be a moment of hysteria, or it could be a general problem that just recently came to light.


35 posted on 03/19/2007 12:17:47 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: blam
That makes more sense. I thought you meant that chicken was the only thing they ate. I have my two babies on Purina One Senior dry dog food and add a little bit of people gravy or meat to it. They seem to do well on it, knock on wood!

Carolyn

36 posted on 03/19/2007 12:17:50 PM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: indylindy

I've always fed my cats the cheapest canned tuna in water people food with a side of dry food and a bowel of water.

Everyone told me i was nuts.

My current one is 17+ years old. The previous two lived 19 1/2 years and 18 years.


37 posted on 03/19/2007 12:22:12 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (GOE - We came, we shouted them down, they cringed, we got squat for news coverage.)
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To: babaloo

Well, I generally keep a big bowl of Beneful out for her so she can have it whenver she wants it, but I don't know any more. I think I will just fix up some hamburger and rice for her. We really didn't need this mess.


38 posted on 03/19/2007 12:23:45 PM PDT by twonie (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT '08. THERE - A COMMITMENT OUT LOUD.)
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To: js1138
They need to be looking for Castor beans (ricin) accidentally or deliberately dumped into the ingredients.

Possibly, although I think heat destroys ricin.

There are others, aflotoxin, ergot. Both common toxins associated with grains.

39 posted on 03/19/2007 12:28:02 PM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: twonie

I am nervous they will find it in dry food, too. Unbelievable the extent of the problem.


40 posted on 03/19/2007 12:29:55 PM PDT by babaloo
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To: JoeSixPack1

Actually we do the same. I have a Tortie Point Himalayan " Miss Betty " that only like albacore warm out of the can.

My hubby adores her and gives her her way 2 times a week. She just eats a little bit with juice. He takes the left over and feeds wild critters in back of the office complex he works. HAAAAA. He even likes raccoons and other creatures.

You aren't nuts, if you are, we are too. Staying away from that cuts and gravy is a good idea. Lost my Norwegian Forest cat 2 years ago. I was nuts for him. He talked.

By the way, all of ours are over 13. We have 4 left. Our family that still resides with us!


41 posted on 03/19/2007 12:30:54 PM PDT by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: CDHart

My girl Sarah eats everything on her plate - vegetables, meat, desserts. She doesn't like lettuce or canned pudding or raspberry anything. But that's it - anything else is good stuff.


42 posted on 03/19/2007 12:31:54 PM PDT by twonie (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT '08. THERE - A COMMITMENT OUT LOUD.)
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To: AppyPappy

Anybody ever explain to you about APPROPRIATE POSTS? Not now with that, sir, not now. And don't try that sad "I was just kidding" crap.


43 posted on 03/19/2007 12:34:39 PM PDT by twonie (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT '08. THERE - A COMMITMENT OUT LOUD.)
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To: free me; Tarantulas
St. Louis, Missouri, March 16, 2007

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company today announced that as a precautionary measure, it is voluntarily withdrawing its 5.3 ounce Mighty Dog® brand pouch products that were produced by Menu Foods, Inc. from December 3, 2006 through March 14, 2007. This withdrawal is in response to the recall initiated earlier today by Menu Foods, a contract manufacturer that does limited business with Purina as well as with other pet food manufacturers. Only Mighty Dog 5.3 ounce pouch products are being withdrawn by Nestlé Purina, including those pouches contained in multi-packs. Importantly, no Mighty Dog canned products, or any other Purina products are affected by Menu’s recall.

Purina Website

44 posted on 03/19/2007 12:36:38 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: twonie

Whatever. It's a cat.


45 posted on 03/19/2007 12:39:20 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Vinnie
Possibly, although I think heat destroys ricin. There are others, aflotoxin, ergot. Both common toxins associated with grains.

Thirty seconds research on Google confirms that ricin is unlikely to be the culprit.

Overreaction to statistics my be closer to the truth. It this really an epidemic, or just business as usual? Do we really know the background rate of pet death?

46 posted on 03/19/2007 12:41:14 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: AppyPappy

And it looks like it needs a home.


47 posted on 03/19/2007 12:42:52 PM PDT by twonie (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT '08. THERE - A COMMITMENT OUT LOUD.)
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To: blam

IF MenuFoods is correct and the problem is the wheat gluten, what about people food? Gluten is added to almost every bread on the grocery shelves as well as being in some canned and frozen foods. I want to know more about the company supplying the gluten and who else is on their customer list besides pet foods. Hmmmm.


48 posted on 03/19/2007 12:49:06 PM PDT by TennesseeGirl
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To: twonie

I'll mail him to you if you like. I warn you that if you let him in the house, he barfs on the furniture. Mostly he just kills things. Squirrels, mice, bluebirds, etc. Of course, he tortures them first. Especially chipmunks. He can make a chipmunk last for a few hours. Of course, he has lost a lot of fights in his life so he is pretty chewed up. A wino found him in a dumpster and gave him to my daughter when she was two. So he's 11 now.

He's really not our cat. He belongs to himself. We just get to feed him. But he's a cat, not a baby.


49 posted on 03/19/2007 12:56:29 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

I feel really sorry for both you and your cat. Somehow I KNEW you offer to send him to me. I can't or I would - our cat (a girl) is so miserable about other cats that we can't even think about getting another one, though I would love to.


50 posted on 03/19/2007 1:12:55 PM PDT by twonie (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT '08. THERE - A COMMITMENT OUT LOUD.)
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