Skip to comments.Recall expanded to some dry cat food
Posted on 03/30/2007 6:19:26 PM PDT by nuconvert
Recall expanded to some dry cat food
By Andrew Bridges, Associated Press Writer
March 30, 2007
WASHINGTON --Federal testing of recalled pet foods turned up a chemical used to make plastics but failed to confirm the presence of a cancer drug also used as rat poison. The recall expanded Friday to include the first dry pet food.
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it found melamine in samples of the Menu Foods pet food involved in the original recall and in imported wheat gluten used as an ingredient in the company's wet-style products. Cornell University scientists also found melamine in the urine of sick cats, as well as in the kidney of one cat that died after eating some of the recalled food.
Meanwhile, Hill's Pet Nutrition recalled its Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry cat food. The food included wheat gluten from the same supplier that Menu Foods used. The recall didn't involve any other Prescription Diet or Science Diet products, said the company, a division of Colgate-Palmolive Co.
FDA was working to rule out the possibility that the contaminated wheat gluten could have made it into any human food. However, melamine is toxic only in high doses, experts said, leaving its role in the pet deaths unclear.
Menu Foods recalled 60 million containers of cat and dog food, sold throughout North America under nearly 100 brands, earlier this month after animals died of kidney failure after eating the Canadian company's products. It is not clear how many pets may have been poisoned by the apparently contaminated food, although anecdotal reports suggest hundreds if not thousands have died. The FDA alone has received more than 8,000 complaints; the company, more than 300,000.
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Mine have always eaten Purina
Mine too! Never heard about anything like this ever happening to Purina, either.
Purina has recalled only one type of its dog food products. This is an excerpt from their website.
Menu Foods initiated a recall of the dog and cat food manufactured in its "cuts and gravy" format between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007.
The 5.3-ounce Mighty Dog pouch products are the only cuts & gravy product manufactured for Purina at Menu Foods, and as a precautionary measure, we have decided to voluntarily withdraw this product.
No other Purina products -- including Mighty Dog canned products, Purina dog products and Purina cat products -- are affected by Menu's recall.
Here we have the myth of many brands with one producer. I really wonder if there is any difference between the brands, other than packaging.
Notice how they say imported wheat but don't say where it came from? From I have heard, the wheat came from China.
And I thought only my Yorkie yapped. Silly me.
See Post 7. Purina recalled one of their types of Mighty Dog as a precaution.
I don't know what to think any more. My cats eat Friskie's canned cat food (with gravy) and some cheapo store brand of dry food. So far, so good.
Whoa, I just bought some of that today. I think it's still in the van!
I'll take it back to the vet's on Monday and exchange it for a different brand.
We feed ours Purina too. Before I met Mrs Bear they got Iams. They had better thank her!
When are they going too release a list of the foods that are NOT effected?
Ours get purina dry and 9 lives wet.
Should say : yapbiteyapbiteyapbitey...LOL;0)
(Harley is very Baad Bitey,,,4mo.old)pic on my page...
my yorkie's been sick the last couple of days, not eating, lethargic, vomiting. But, he hasn't eaten anything from the list. Going to call the vet tomorrow. Hopefully, not related and only a little dog virus.
But the debate over the toxin, and the concentration involved, reinforces my belief that the problem is biologic. If some poison got into the wheat, it would contaminate some products, then the poison would be diluted as more food was processed through the line. Unless someone continued to put the poison in the food, it would quickly go away. The first few batches of food would have lethal doses of poison, but as the food passed over the poison, it would take the poison with it.
This story involves thousands, or tens of thousands, of animals. Only something that can reproduce could contaminate that much food.
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