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March 19, 2007 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode


Menu Foods, a Canadian company based outside Toronto that produces pet food, said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold throughout North America under 50 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.

An unknown number of cats and dogs had suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said. Two other companies — Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. — said Saturday that as a precaution they were voluntarily recalling some products made by Menu Foods. Many stores that sold the affected brands frantically pulled packages off shelves.

Acute renal (kidney) failure is a serious disease, and if not caught quickly will be fatal.
- a change in urination (usually less urine output)
- vomiting
- diarrhea
- depression, listlessness (no energy, lethargy)
- loss of appetite
If you fed your pet one of these brands and you see any signs, contact your veterinarian right away. Acute renal failure can be treated, but it has to be caught early.

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates is available from the Menu Foods Web site, The company also designated a phone number that pet owners can call for information — (866) 895-2708.

Menu Foods' chief executive and president Paul Henderson told the Associated Press on Friday that the company was still trying to figure out what happened. The recall involves all the "cuts and gravy" wet-style dog and cat food produced at Menu's Emporia, Kan., facility between Dec. 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007.

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