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    Pet Food Recalls Rock the Nation

    WASHINGTON - Both pet owners and pet food sellers across the continent were rocked over the weekend by news of a major product recall by a large national and store brand manufacturer, tied to as many as 10 reported incidents of kidney failure in pets.

    WASHINGTON - Both pet owners and pet food sellers across the continent were rocked over the weekend by news of a major product recall by a large national and store brand manufacturer, tied to as many as 10 reported incidents of kidney failure in pets.

    The Food and Drug Administration said Saturday that Menu Foods, Inc., a private-label pet food manufacturer based in Statesville, Ontario, Canada, told the agency it was recalling all its "cuts and gravy" style dog and cat food produced at a facility in Emporia, Kansas between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The products were sold in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

    As news spread of the manufacturers recall and reports of 10 deaths, one dog and nine cats, from kidney failure, supermarket chains and national brand marketers hurried to launch recalls of their own.

    "The firm has undertaken extensive testing of the pet food products in question, but to date has been unable to find the source of the problem," said FDA of Menu Foods actions so far.

    The products were packaged in cans and pouches under dozens of brand names, and marketed nationwide by many of the nation's largest pet food retailers including Ahold USA Inc., Kroger Company, Safeway, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., PetSmart, Inc., and Pet Valu, Inc.

    Menu Foods, Inc. quickly identified the potentially contaminated products and posted the information on the Internet at www.menufoods.com/recall.

    Meanwhile the FDA said, "Consumers who have any of these products should immediately stop feeding them to their pets. Dogs or cats who have consumed the suspect feed and show signs of kidney failure (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting) should consult with their veterinarian. Menu Foods, Inc. is notifying retailers by telephone and mail and is arranging for the return of all recalled products."

    The agency also said it is conducting an investigation and working with Menu Foods "to ensure the effectiveness of the recall."

    The Pet Food Institute trade group issued a statement emphasizing that the affected products were only wet pet food products labeled "Cuts in Gravy" and manufactured by Menu Foods. Dry pet foods of any brand were not affected, the trade group said.

    According to Menu Foods, the store and national brand pet foods affected by the recall include:
    1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
    2. Authority
    3. Award
    4. Best Choice
    5. Big Bet
    6. Big Red
    7. Bloom
    8. Bruiser
    9. Cadillac
    10. Companion
    11. Demoulas Market Basket
    12. Fine Feline Cat, Shep Dog
    13. Food Lion
    14. Giant Companion
    15. Great Choice
    16. Hannaford
    17. Hill Country Fare
    18. Hy-Vee
    19. Key Food
    20. Laura Lynn
    21. Loving Meals
    22. Main Choice
    23. Mixables
    24. Nutriplan
    25. Nutro Max
    26. Nutro Natural Choice
    27. Nutro
    28. Ol'Roy
    29. Paws
    30. Pet Essentials
    31. Pet Pride
    32. Presidents Choice
    33. Price Chopper
    34. Priority
    35. Publix
    36. Roche Bros
    37. Save-A-Lot
    38. Schnucks
    39. Springfield Pride
    40. Sprout
    41. Stater Bros
    42. Total Pet, My True Friend
    43. Western Family
    44. White Rose
    45. Winn Dixie
    46. Your Pet

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