Cat Food Recall: May 2007


Published May 2007

The pet food recall that began March 16 continues to expand. The recall now includes over 130 different brands and more than 5300 pet food products. The pet food recall affects both canned and dry formulas as well as treats.

As of May 2, 2007, Menu Foods have recalled another 200-plus pet food products that may have been contaminated by melamine-tainted items made at its plants.

The additional recalled pet food products were not made with the melamine-laced wheat gluten that prompted Menu Foods’ initial recall of 60 million cans and pouches of pet food, but testing and a consumer complaint indicate cross-contamination.

Some previously recalled pet food items also include expanded production dates.

The expanded pet food recall involves dog and cat food sold in the United States and Canada as well as two European varieties. For the full list of additional Menu Foods’ recalled pet food items go to http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/menu05_07.html.

FDA officials are investigating at least 4,000 potential animal deaths related to the pet food recall that has dragged on for over two months.

By May 1, FDA Investigations Director Michael Rogers said the agency had received 17,000 calls from people claiming an animal death or illness as a result of the contaminated pet food that has embroiled about 150 brands and more than 5,500 products to date.

The FDA has determined that the contaminated wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate imported from China was mislabeled and was really wheat flour contaminated with melamine and melamine-related products.

It is also believed that the contamination was deliberate. It is thought that the Chinese added the melamine to the wheat to increase the "protein" concentration of the product making it to appear to have a higher protein concentration than it really had. Melamine is rich in nitrogen which can give the illusion of protein.

Recently, tests conducted on contaminated pet food and the necropsies of affected animals have suggested that a combination of chemicals - each alone, seemingly nontoxic - form insoluble substances that results in crystals that physically damage the kidneys. See the article titled Cause of Pet Food Mystery Discovered.

Cat Foods Recalled include:

  • Americas Choice, Preferred Pet
  • Best Choice
  • Cat's Choice (New)
  • Companion
  • Compliments
  • Co-Op Gold (New)
  • Demoulas/Market Basket
  • Despar (New)
  • Drs. Fosters and Smith
  • Fame (New)
  • Feline Classic (New)
  • Feline Cuisine (New)
  • Food Lion
  • Giant Companion
  • Giant Eagle (New)
  • Hannaford
  • Hill Country Fare
  • Hy Vee
  • J. E. Mondou (New)
  • La Griffe (New)
  • Laura Lynn
  • Loving Meals
  • Master Choice (New)
  • Medi-Cal
  • Meijer's Main Choice
  • Natural Ultramix (New)
  • Nu Pet (New)
  • Nutriplan
  • Nutro
  • Paws
  • Performatrin Ultra (New)
  • Pet Pride
  • Presidents Choice
  • Price Chopper
  • Priority Canada
  • Priority US
  • Roche Brothers (New)
  • Roundy's (New)
  • Schnucks
  • Sophistacat
  • Special Kitty Canada
  • Springfield Prize
  • Stuzzy Gold (New)
  • Triumph (New)
  • Wegmans
  • Western Family Canada (New)
  • White Rose
  • Winn Dixie
  • Your Pet (New)


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