Pet food recall (canned & foil pouches)

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Pet food recall (canned & foil pouches)

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(Screen grab from www.menufoods.com/recall/product_cat.html.) If you want to re-use this image to help get the word out to other pet owners, please feel free.

This news is also being discussed on Best of Cats, in a discussion thread located at flickr.com/groups/bestofcats/discuss/72157600003752618/ (thanks, jciv, for posting that alert!)

Summary: Several brands of canned and foil pouch pet food (both cat and dog food) manufactured by Menu Foods are being recalled. The list in this image is *not* the full list of brands — Iams, Eukanuba and Science Diet have also joined this recall (see comments posted below for more info and links to those web sites.)

Major pet food recall by a manufacturer that producess wet food for many private label (store brand) and national pet food brands. Affected animals have developed kidney disease and some have died. Please note that only specific production dates were impacted (that information is available on www.menufoods.com/recall but is in excel format). (Why didn’t they use an easily accessible format like PDF?)

The manufacturers’ web site was down yesterday (web server apparently couldn’t handle the increased load). I was able to access the web site today and downloaded each excel file for each brand — I’m in the process of compiling one comprehensive list and will convert it to PDF.

I’m concerned the manufacturers’ site will *again* get overloaded and want to post the PDF file I’m creating on a web site so it can be more easily accessed by Best of Cats members — if you know of someone who could host the file on their web site, please send me a flickrmail.

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3 comments on “Pet food recall (canned & foil pouches)

  1. Some Hill’s Science Diet foods included in voluntary recall
    (info below from http://www.hillspet.com/menu_foods/Menu_Foods_en_US.htm )

    Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., Announces Voluntary Participation in Menu Foods’ Nationwide U.S. and Canadian recall of Specific Canned Cat Foods.

    Topeka, KS (March 16, 2007) – In response to the recent Menu Foods, Inc. nationwide recall of wet pet foods, Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc. has announced a voluntary precautionary recall in the United States and Canada of a very small number of canned cat products that are co-manufactured by Menu.
    Hill’s is voluntarily recalling the following products:

    1. Science Diet® Kitten Savory Cuts® Ocean Fish 3 oz. and 5.5 oz.
    2. Science Diet® Feline Adult Savory Cuts® Beef 5.5 oz.
    3. Science Diet® Feline Adult Savory Cuts® Chicken 5.5 oz.
    4. Science Diet® Feline Adult Savory Cuts® Ocean Fish 5.5 oz.
    5. Science Diet® Feline Senior Savory Cuts® Chicken 5.5 oz.

    No other Hill’s products are affected by this recall.
    Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., is taking this precautionary step to protect the health and well being of your pets. Hill’s has received no reported cases of illness. Consumers of other pet food brands manufactured by Menu Foods have reported a small number of cases of cats becoming ill with loss of appetite, vomiting, and lethargy which are potential signs of kidney failure.
    This voluntary product recall involves discontinuation of all retail sales and product retrieval from consumers. Consumers should stop using the affected products immediately. Consult with a veterinarian if any symptoms are present in your pet. All Science Diet products carry a 100 percent guarantee, and consumers can receive a refund for recalled products. For more information, consumers can contact the company at 1-800-445-5777 or visit http://www.HillsPet.com for details.
    Hill’s is recalling the following product codes. Product codes can be found at the bottom of the can. Only relevant code numbers have been listed (‘X’s indicate irrelevant numbers). 1. . BESTBEFORE 09 2008
    M06XXXXXX 4414 5. . BESTBEFORE 08 2008
    M28XXXXXX 4603
    2. . BESTBEFORE 08 2008
    M28XXXXXX 4416 6. . BESTBEFORE 08 2008
    M25XXXXXX 4457
    3. . BESTBEFORE 08 2008
    M28XXXXXX 4415 7. . BESTBEFORE 08 2008
    M28XXXXXX 4414
    4. . BESTBEFORE 08 2008
    M28XXXXXX 4601

    Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., has informed the Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on this issue. The company regrets any inconvenience to its consumers, retail customers and veterinarians.Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., Announces Voluntary Participation in Menu Foods’ Nationwide U.S. and Canadian recall of Specific Canned Cat Foods.

  2. Thanks for posting this! I’ll have to check my kitty’s foods.

  3. Also, a voluntary recall by Iams/Eukanuba (as part of this larger recall); info from us.iams.com/iams/en_US/jsp/IAMS_Page.jsp?pageID=PCA&a… :

    P&G Pet Care Announces Voluntary Participation in Menu Foods’ Nationwide U.S. and Canadian Recall of Specific Canned and Small Foil Pouch ‘Wet’ Cat and Dog Foods

    Dayton, OH (March 16, 2007) – In response to the recent Menu Foods, Inc. nationwide recall of wet pet foods, P&G Pet Care has announced a voluntary recall in the United States and Canada on specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6 oz. and 13.2 oz. canned and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch “wet” cat and dog food products manufactured by Menu Foods Inc. Emporia, Kansas plant with the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197. This voluntary recall is part of a larger product recall by Menu Foods Inc., a contract manufacturer that makes a small portion of canned and foil pouch ‘wet’ cat foods for Iams and Eukanuba as well as other non-P&G brands. There have been a small number of reported cases of cats from the US (none in Canada) becoming sick and developing signs of kidney failure. The signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, vomiting, and lethargy. P&G Pet Care has received no case reports involving dogs.

    This voluntary product recall involves discontinuation of all retail sales and product retrieval from consumers. Consumers should stop using the affected products immediately, and consult with a veterinarian if any symptoms are present in their pet. All Iams and Eukanuba products carry a 100 percent guarantee, and consumers can receive a refund for recalled products. For more information, consumers can contact the company at 1-800-882-1591 or visit http://www.Iams.com and http://www.Eukanuba.com for details.

    To read can product codes, refer to the bottom of the can. The first four numbers of the second line of numbers are the date code, and the following four numbers indicate the plant code. For example, if the second line begins with four numbers from 6339 to 7073 followed by the plant code 4197, then the can should be recalled. For foil pouches, the code numbers are located at the lower left hand corner on the back of the pouch. The date and plant codes appear in the third group of numbers, beginning an 11-digit sequence. See http://www.Iams.com and http://www.Eukanuba.com for illustrated details.

    P&G Pet Care is taking this proactive step out of an abundance of caution, because the health and well-being of pets is paramount in the mission of Iams and Eukanuba. Tests of some affected product have not revealed the cause of sickness, and testing will continue until a better understanding of the facts has been achieved. All other canned and small foil wet pouch products produced at other plants are not affected by this issue. Iams and Eukanuba “dry” products are not manufactured at Menu Foods and not affected by this issue. Iams and Eukanuba biscuits, treats and sauces are not affected by this issue.

    P&G Pet Care has informed the Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on this issue. The company regrets any inconvenience to its consumers and retail customers.

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