More Companies Recall Pet Food

Precautionary measures are taken due to tainted wheat gluten.

Posted: April 3, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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The cases of pet food recalls continues to broaden, with two more companies saying they’re recalling some pet food products that contain wheat gluten due to possible contamination.

The recalls, by Del Monte Pet Products and Nestle Purina, are in addition to other brands recalled in March by Canada-based pet food manufacturer Menu Foods.

Del Monte has announced that it’s recalling dog snacks sold under the Jerky Treats, Gravy Train Beef Sticks and Pounce Meaty Morsels brands, as well as some dog snack and wet dog food products sold under private label brands.

Meanwhile, Nestle Purina PetCare Co. said it was recalling all sizes and varieties of its Alpo Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes. No dry Alpo products are being recalled.

The companies took the action after learning that wheat gluten supplied to them by a manufacturing facility in China contained melamine, a plastic substance not approved for use in food.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made this finding as part of its ongoing investigation into the recent Menu Foods pet food recall. On March 16, Menu recalled 60 million containers of wet cat and dog food manufactured under 100 brand names.

The recall removes all Del Monte pet products with wheat gluten from retail shelves. However, no other Del Monte Pet Products treats, biscuits or wet dog food products are impacted by this recall and no Del Monte dry cat food, dry dog food, wet cat food or pouched pet foods are subject to the recall.

The adulterated ingredients were used in limited production over the last three months, Del Monte says.

Del Monte Pet Products customers can visit the company’s website, http://www.delmonte.com/petfoodrecall.html, for a full list of recalled brands, or contact the company’s consumer hotline at (800) 949-3799 for further information about the recall and instructions on obtaining a full product refund.

Alpo customers can visit http://www.purina.com/Company/Press/2007/MightyDog.aspx for more information, including product codes of recalled dog food containers.

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Lori    Port Charlotte, FL

4/4/2007 3:13:22 AM

Thank you from the bottom of my and my cats hearts for keeping us updated on the recalls.

Kim    Oil City, PA

4/3/2007 11:55:16 PM

Thank's for keeping up the info.. I am giving my cats Dry Food and Tuna fish for now... They don't mind and I feel safer...

Kathleen    Hagerstown, MD

4/3/2007 3:03:59 PM

Thank you so much for keeping us informed so that we can give our pets product that won't harm them. We treat them as our own childrens cause we love them very much

Jade    Arden Hills, MN

4/3/2007 2:59:27 PM

How can I know I can trust any cat food now a days? I so paranoid about what I feed my cat, even though the company isn't on the list... it seems more and more likely that it'll wind up there!

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