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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Six months after the national recall of Menu Foods' wet dog food, which was found to contain wheat gluten contaminated with melamine, Wegmans Food Markets here is ready to bring it back in the form of Wegmans wet cat food and Bruiser wet dog food.
"The new supply is perfectly safe," said Mary Ellen Burris, s.v.p. of consumer affairs, in her online column, posted on the Wegmans Web site this week.
Burris noted that she, Wegmans' pet food buyer, and the chain's quality assurance experts visited Streetsville, Ont.-based Menu Foods' plant in Pennsauken, N.J., and found it to be "well maintained [and] secure...with good manufacturing practices."
Burris added that the retailer collaborated with Menu Foods to resume Wegmans production according to the grocer's requirements.
Menu Foods no longer imports wheat gluten from China, and has replaced all previous Chinese ingredient sources, except for some vitamins and minerals primarily produced in China, Burris said. She added that the supplier has instituted the testing of raw materials for melamine and other substances, as well as a battery of tests on finished food.
Wegmans is requiring evidence of the test results, according to Burris.