Additional Menu Foods' Pet Food Recalled

Vegetarian dog food is taken off the market because of suspected contamination.

Posted: April 18, 2007, 7 p.m. EST

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Menu Foods Inc., the Canadian manufacturer that has recalled more than 5,000 products because of suspected contamination by the toxin melamine, recalled an additional dog food April 17.

Menu Foods recalled Natural Life Vegetarian 13.2 ounce canned dog food with the date “Nov/22/09” and product code 12344-07114.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to investigate the recall of pet food products suspected in the deaths and illnesses of potentially hundreds of animals, said Stephen Sundlof, DVM, the agency’s top veterinarian.

Although the FDA suspects that wheat gluten contaminated by melamine, a synthetic plastic used in dishware and some Asian fertilizers, is related to the problem, it has not confirmed that it is causing the animal illnesses.

“FDA is not 100 percent certain that melamine, a relatively nontoxic substance, is the cause of the spate of pet illnesses and deaths,” the FDA said in a statement. “Although some studies have shown a toxic effect of melamine in rodents, research is scarce on melamine’s effect on cats and dogs.”

Adding to the confusion, Natural Balance of Pacoima, Calif., recalled all its wheat-free Venison dog products and its dry Venison cat food April 17.

The company confirmed that melamine was present in some of its pet food, which might have resulted in kidney failure in cats and dogs that ate the affected products. It suspected melamine was attached to its rice protein concentrate ingredient.

For the full list of recalled cat food products, click here.

For the full list of recalled dog food products, click here.

For more CatChannel articles on the pet food recall, click here.

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Elizabeth    York, PA

4/19/2007 4:01:02 PM

This is getting scarier and scarier - what if they recall everything???

Sheila    Jesup, GA

4/19/2007 8:54:28 AM

I have always been 'picky' when it comes to what I feed my animals and this recall has a effect on me, not that my animals have suffered. I started making my own wet food, much to my dog's delight, but not my cats, they prefer their 9-lives wet, since I have not found anything against 9-lives I do continue to feed this to them, just cut way back on the amount they get, their dry they can have all day.

Nancy    Lansdowne, PA

4/19/2007 5:26:12 AM

Thanks for continuing to keep us informed.

jackie    Hamlet, NC

4/18/2007 10:00:02 PM

I wonder if they really know what is making pets sick. I know of someone that bought a dog food that was not on the recall list, and their dog got sick and had to be put down. The dog got sick after eating the food and went into kidney failure.

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