More About That Pet Food Recall

Although I posted a few links on my March 17, 2007 Random Linking Post .. I received an email asking me if I was going to post any information about it! Well .. I thought I did! So, I guess I should be posting more about it – and here is my post! // HART

March 16, 2007 Press Release, in its entirety

March 16, 2007

Menu Foods Income Fund Announces Precautionary Dog and Cat Food Recall

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(CCNMatthews – March 16, 2007) –


Attention Business/Financial Editors

Menu Foods Income Fund (the “Fund”) (TSX:MEW.UN) today announced the precautionary recall of a portion of the dog and cat food it manufactured between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The recall is limited to “cuts and gravy” style pet food in cans and pouches manufactured at two of the Fund’s United States facilities. These products are both manufactured and sold under private-label and are contract-manufactured for some national brands.

Over the past several days, the Fund has received feedback in the United States (none in Canada) raising concerns about pet food manufactured since early December, and its impact on the renal health of the pets consuming the products. Shortly after receipt of the first complaint, the Fund initiated a substantial battery of technical tests, conducted by both internal and external specialists, but has failed to identify any issues with the products in question. The Fund has, however, discovered that timing of the production associated with these complaints, coincides with the introduction of an ingredient from a new supplier. The Fund stopped using this ingredient shortly after this discovery and production since then has been undertaken using ingredients from another source.

At the same time, the Fund’s largest customer, for which it manufactures on a contract basis, received a small number of consumer complaints and has initiated its own recall. Furthermore, for the time being, the customer has put future orders for cuts and gravy products on hold. This customer’s cuts and gravy purchases in 2006 represented approximately 11% of the Fund’s annual revenue.

“We take these complaints very seriously and, while we are still looking for a specific cause, we are acting to err on the side of caution” said Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, Menu Foods. “We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that our products maintain the very highest quality standards.”

While the number of complaints has been relatively small, Menu is taking this proactive step out of an abundance of caution, because the health and well-being of pets is paramount to the Fund.

In addition to changing suppliers, for production after March 6, the Fund has increased testing of all raw materials and finished goods. It is also working closely with regulatory authorities and its customers to learn more and will take whatever additional actions are appropriate. The Fund estimates that based on currently available information, this recall could cost between $30 million and $40 million, which will be financed from a combination of internally generated cash flow and bank credit facilities. Furthermore, the Fund is aggressively producing product, utilizing a different supplier for the ingredient in question, to replenish customers as quickly as possible.

In order to determine whether cat and dog food in their possession is subject to recall, consumers should refer to the list of brand names (“listed products”) at . This will be available by 6 a.m. Saturday March 17, 2007. Products not identified on the website can continue to be used.

Menu is the leading North American private-label/contract manufacturer of wet pet food products sold by supermarket retailers, mass merchandisers, pet specialty retailers and other retail and wholesale outlets. In 2006, the Fund produced more than one billion containers.

Source: Menu Foods Income Fund

This affects 42 different brands of Cat Food

And affects 51 different brands of Dog Food

I would first start by identifying the brand of cat OR dog food that you feed your pet, and follow the links. Most of the food affected was manufactured between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007 .. so, if you didn’t buy anything during this period you are probably safe. If there is a risk, then follow to determine the product codes and/or look at each site’s list to see if your favorite food is on it.

For instance, we’ve been feeding our dogs DRY Euckanuba kibbles, which according to the Eukanuba Site and News is that mostly the WET i.e. GRAVY products were affected in the recall. Our brand is not on the Eukanuba Full List of Recalled Foods.

Each company for each food product that was at risk probably have issued their own Press Release .. but remember – it’s all about your pet.

As Eukanuba News Release indicated ..

There have been a small number of reported cases of cats from the US (none in Canada) becoming sick and developing signs of kidney failure. The signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, vomiting, and lethargy. P&G Pet Care has received no case reports involving dogs.

So .. if your pet is showing any of the above signs .. please take your pet to see your Vet.

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