Dog Food Recall Expands

Menu Foods products of all manufacture dates are now part of dog food recall.

Posted: March 24, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Menu Foods has expanded its recall of “cuts and gravy” style wet dog food to include all products listed in its March 17 announcement regardless of the date they were manufactured, the Food and Drug Administration has announced.

The action was taken upon hearing that some the tainted products remained on shelves, FDA officials said. Previously, Menu had recalled those items manufactured between Dec. 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007.

Earlier in the day, New York state officials and Cornell University researchers said they had found Aminopterin, a toxin used as a cancer treatment in this country and as a rodenticide in some foreign countries, in samples of the pet food Menu Foods used in its tasting tests that killed nine cats. The samples were provided by Menu Foods after the deaths occurred, officials said.

FDA head veterinarian Stephen F. Sundlof, D.V.M., called the substance “very toxic,” even in small doses.

At this time, the FDA says it does not know how the toxin made its way into the pet food, although it is still examining the possibility that a shipment of wheat gluten used by the Kansas and New Jersey plants of Ontario-based Menu Foods was to blame.

The FDA said it could not yet identify the wheat gluten supplier, but said the shipment could have come from both foreign and domestic sources.

The affected pet foods have been linked to 14 confirmed animal deaths, Sundlof said, but the FDA expects that number to rise. More than 4,000 people have flooded the FDA’s recall hotline over the last few days, but it’s going to take time to sort through all of it, he noted.

Owners of pets sickened by the recalled pet foods who wish to file a report can visit the FDA’s website, to find the FDA complaint coordinator in their state.

As a veterinarian, Sundlof said he was concerned that some consumers might make unhealthy food choices for their pets, such as raw foods, in the wake of the recall.

“Pet owners should continue to buy pet foods that are not part of the recall,” he said. No dry food has been implicated in the deaths or other sickness complaints, Sundlof said.

A list of the recalled dog food brands is available at on


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Jackie   Kensington, NH

3/24/2007 6:16:24 PM

I completely agree with Cynthia. Also, China is killing their dogs because they are too lazy to fix the rabies problem. Their respect for life isn't as high as ours. Why would they care what they sold us for our pets, when they are killing their own.

With all the grain we produce in this country, why on earth are we importing it from them anyway? Some how that doesn't make any sense to me.

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Cynthia   Newville, PA

3/24/2007 3:52:53 PM

This is so sad. It hurts reading all those posts by pet owners who were affected by the poisoned food.

I never have trusted commercial pet food. This is the reason why I buy only organic and make home-made meals for my dog and cats. There are only a few brands that I could recommend - Organix, Newman's Own Organic and Pet Guard Organic. The little extra you pay is worth it if it keeps your pet healthy.

People that really care about their pets need to read this article from the Animal Protection Institute..."What's Really in Pet Food" Also read the article, "Food Not Fit for a Pet" by holistic vet Wendell Belfield...

When looking for pet food, check out the company first to find out where they source all their ingredients. For instance, I would never buy food for myself or my pets that was produced in China. Their food standards are extremely poor. It doesn't surprise me at all that the grain imported from China was contaminated. Read this article on pesticides in China... http://www.organicconsumers. org/toxic/chinapesticides012103.cfm AND this article... Remember, you get what you pay for, so BUYER

What most pet food companies, like those that Menu foods produces, contain the cheapest ingredients available for the highest profit.

If reading the article published by the Animal Protection Institute doesn't completely change your whole outlook on the pet food industry, read this..."Food Pets Die For" AND l97petfood.html.

The whole way they produce pet food reminds me of Solient Green! I't appalling! Food not fit for any living creature.

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