March 17, 2007

Cat and Dog Food Recall

Dogs and Cats Dying of Kidney Failure

A major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths.

An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, Menu Foods said in announcing the North American recall. Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death, the company said.

"At this juncture, we're not 100 percent sure what's happened," said Paul Henderson, the company's president and chief executive officer. However, the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, since dropped for another source, spokeswoman Sarah Tuite said. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.
Store brands of wet pet food appear to be the blame. I'll extend my lesson of buying quality brands to this instance, though I have to point out that the recent Con Agra debacle certainly breaks that law.

Just wanted everyone to be aware. This includes the Schuncks brand locally.


Posted by hln at March 17, 2007 12:33 PM | Animals | TrackBack

Glad my dogs eat dry.

Posted by: Harvey at March 20, 2007 04:57 PM

The problem though, is that this incident shows that "brand" is almost meaningless. The same people are making Wal-Mart store brand foods and Iams and Eukenueba (sp?).

Posted by: James Joyner at March 23, 2007 07:51 AM