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Massive Recall of Pet Food

Sixty million containers of cat and dog food made by Menu Foods have been recalled after an unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure that was believed to be caused by the affected food. This has resulted in a number of deaths.

Menu Foods announced this precautionary recall in a press release on Friday, March 16. Menu Foods is a major manufacturer of pet foods sold under a number of different brands, including those made for Wal-Mart, PetsMart, Kroger and Safeway. Menu Foods is also a contract manufacturer for some of the top brand pet food companies like Procter & Gamble, Co.

The affected food is limited to the “cuts and gravy” varieties sold in both cans and pouches between December 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007, in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Dry food is not affected by this recall.

Recalled Cat Foods

The following is a list of the brands of cat foods affected in this recall:

Americas Choice, Preferred PetsNutro Max Gourmet Classics
AuthorityNutro Natural Choice
Best ChoicePaws
CompanionPet Pride
ComplimentsPresidents Choice
Demoulas Market BasketPrice Chopper
EukanubaPriority
Fine Feline CatSave-A-Lot
Food LionSchnucks
FoodtownScience Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans
Giant CompanionSophistacat
HannafordSpecial Kitty Canada
Hill Country FareSpecial Kitty US
Hy-VeeSpringfield Prize
IamsSprout
Laura LynnTotal Pet
Li'l RedWegmans
Loving MealsWestern Family
Meijer's Main ChoiceWhite Rose
NutriplanWinn Dixie

To get more information on specific brands and products, please call 1-866-895-2708, or visit Menu Foods Recalled Cat Product Information.

For a list of Recalled Dog Foods, click here

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The FDA and Menu Foods are working together in conducting an investigation. The FDA also has a list of phone numbers by state to contact the FDA's Consumer Complaint Coordinators to report adverse affects or other problems.

Menu Foods reports that it received wheat gluten, suspected to be the contaminated ingredient, from a new supplier. Wheat gluten is a source of protein used to thicken gravy.

Symptoms of Kidney Failure
Symptoms of kidney failure can include loss of appetite, vomiting, licking lips excessively, lethargy, dehydration, increased thirst, excessive urination, weight loss, constipation, nausea, weakness and depression. If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat or dog, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

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