March 18, 2007

Pet Food Recall – March 2007

We've been on a hiatus lately <all work and no play> but awoke this Sunday morning to see a news release about a pet food recall (tracked down via Breitbart.com) that we just had to note. The company involved is Menu Foods — a company we'd not heard of, but read on.

Menu Foods, the Ontario-based company that produced the pet food, said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.

An unknown number of cats and dogs had suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said.

Meanwhile, two other companies — Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. — announced Saturday night that as a precaution they were voluntarily recalling some products made by Menu Foods.

While a pet food recall would be alarming to pet owners in any case, the brands listed in Menu Foods' Recalled Cat Product Information list includes some of the biggest names in pet foods:

  1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
  2. Authority
  3. Best Choice
  4. Companion
  5. Compliments
  6. Demoulas Market Basket
  7. Eukanuba
  8. Fine Feline Cat
  9. Food Lion
  10. Foodtown
  11. Giant Companion
  12. Hannaford
  13. Hill Country Fare
  14. Hy-Vee
  15. Iams
  16. Laura Lynn
  17. Li'l Red
  18. Loving Meals
  19. Meijer's Main Choice
  20. Nutriplan
  21. Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
  22. Nutro Natural Choice
  23. Paws
  24. Pet Pride
  25. Presidents Choice
  26. Price Chopper
  27. Priority
  28. Save-A-Lot
  29. Schnucks
  30. Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans
  31. Sophistacat
  32. Special Kitty Canada
  33. Special Kitty US
  34. Springfield Prize
  35. Sprout
  36. Total Pet
  37. Wegmans
  38. Western Family
  39. White Rose
  40. Winn Dixie

So I guess this means that these companies are not actually manufacturing their own cat food.

Luckily for us — and for our dear cat companion of 21 years — we learned about Dr. Wysong's cat food (that's our article) in 2005. When you see this cat food, you'll see real quality. It even smells tasty.

Update 3/30/07: Breitbart.com reports a number of chemicals found in Menu Foods' wet foods.

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5 Comments for "Pet Food Recall – March 2007"

  1. Philip M. McDonnell says:

    More food has been recalled:

    "Pet Food Recall Widens After Toxin Found"

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_47329.html

    Regards,
    Phil

    Comment posted on 4/2/2007 @ 7:45 pm
  2. Editor says:

    Thanks, Phil. This is all such a shame, but at least they seem to be getting to the root of the problem.

    So glad we switched Sammy to Wysong's a couple of years ago. As far as I understand it, they manufacture their own, and the quality isn't like any pet food I've ever seen.

    Comment posted on 4/2/2007 @ 7:56 pm
  3. Amber Stone says:

    I have had a very healthy cat for 7 years who all of a sudden had blood in his stool. This was after rejecting Wellness brand food that he had been eating, so I stitched him to Eagle Pak Holistic Select. He ate this for a while then started rejecting it. I thought it was the flavor so tried a different flavor of the same brand. He rejected it as well. i think that these two food brands need to be recalled as well. I am STILL working with my vet and trying to find a food that will not irritate him with diarrhea or blood in his stool!

    Comment posted on 9/4/2007 @ 11:00 am
  4. Editor says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your cat, Amber.

    We fed our cat, at least in his later years, Wysong cat food, up until he passed away at the grand old age of 22 years. Wysong was recommended to us by a friend (and also by our vet), and is made by a veterinarian; according to their website, "Dr. Wysong has a B.S. in biology and chemistry and a DVM in veterinary surgery and medicine".

    This stuff is different, which you'll notice the first time you open a can. It actually smells like food (and not strangely like dog food, as some cat foods do).

    I wrote about it here: Wysong.net – Healthy Food for Cats, and the first comment was posted by our friend, Lynn Cameron, who recommended Wysong to us and has been involved in the alternative health field for 35 years.

    Also: Wysong.net

    At any rate, good luck with your cat. I hope things turn out well.

    Comment posted on 9/4/2007 @ 12:43 pm
  5. Questioning Chinese Imports says:

    […] a chemical used as a fertilizer and in plastics manufacture, from China. I wrote about the Pet Food Recall at DesignerJones.com; see also FDA […]

    Pingback posted on 2/20/2010 @ 5:07 am

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