View Full Version : Yet another recall of food....Royal Canin and Nutro cat food

04-11-2007, 04:11 PM
From Marin, CA. Nutro Max Cat Gourmet Classics tested positive for
> Melamine but not recalled yet. Read below.
>Marin case confirms new tainted pet food
><mailto:[email protected]?subject=Marin Independent Journal: Marin
>case confirms new tainted pet food>Jim Staats
>Article Launched: 04/09/2007 07:34:24 PM PDT
>Scientists at a state animal health laboratory confirmed Monday that
>a popular brand of pet food submitted for testing by Marin
>veterinarians was indeed contaminated, even though it is not on a
>growing list of recalled pet foods.
>The pet food apparently sickened a cat owned by a Greenbrae woman.
>The cat has slowly recovered and was returned to its home on Monday.
>At the request of the Mill Valley Pet Clinic, three varieties of
>Nutro Max Cat Gourmet Classics, in 3-ounce cans, were tested by the
>California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System at the
>University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
>The food tested positive for melamine, which has been found in wheat
>gluten imported from China. Melamine is used to make plastics and
>other industrial products.
>Tests were ordered by the Mill Valley Pet Clinic after the cat was
>diagnosed with acute renal failure on March 26. UC Davis officials
>supplied the test results to the Mill Valley Pet Clinic, but declined comment.
>"We do not discuss results from specific testing with third
>parties," said Birgit Puschner, of the lab's toxicology department.
>Dr. Marianne Willis, veterinarian at Mill Valley Pet Clinic, said
>the UC lab "doesn't want to be in the
>middle of all this. They said since we ordered the test and paid for
>it, we were free to do what we want with it."
>She said clinic veterinarians were notifying the U.S. Food and Drug
>Administration and the food manufacturer of the tainted food.
>Last week, the FDA added dog biscuit manufacturer Sunshine Mills
>Inc. to a growing list of companies that have recalled more than 100
>brands of pet foods and treats made with imported Chinese wheat gluten.
>Several varieties of Nutro Products brand pet food - including
>3-ounce food pouches for cats, 5.3-ounce pouches for dogs and
>12.5-ounce cans for dogs - are either on the FDA's list or on
>Nutro's own list at its Web site,
><http://www.nutroproducts.com/>www.nutroproducts.com. But the lists
>do not include the 3-ounce cans for cats.
>The canned cat food that tested positive for melamine at UC Davis
>were the Lamb & Turkey Cutlets, California Chicken Supreme and
>Chicken Cacciatore.
>A Nutro spokesman could not be reached for comment Monday.
>The overall recall covers "cuts and gravy"-style products made
>between Nov. 8 and March 6 from a select variety of popular brands
>including Iams, Hy-Vee, Nutro, Paws and private label brands sold by
>Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Kmart and Longs Drug Stores.
>Last week, the FDA said 21 pet food samples obtained from consumers
>tested positive for melamine. The recall is one of the largest pet
>food recalls in history, according to Stephen Sundlof, director of
>the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. The FDA has received more
>than 12,000 complaints but has confirmed only about 15 pet deaths.
>Mill Valley Pet Clinic officials ordered the food sample test for
>Cleo, an 11-year-old domestic short-hair cat brought to their office
>last month after she stopped eating. She was rushed to the Pet
>Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin in San Rafael.
>Kellie Little, Cleo's owner, said she purchased the food from Pet
>Club in Corte Madera on March 19. She said she has been in contact
>with Nutro officials about six times over the past two weeks, but
>she was told that only the cat food in pouches had been recalled,
>not the canned cat food. She provided two samples to the company's
>office in addition to the samples sent to UC Davis.
>Little's cat has slowly recovered under constant veterinary care,
>and she brought Cleo home Monday.
>"I feel it's kind of a victory that we may be able to save some
>other cats' lives," Little said of Monday's test results.
>When it comes to specific pet foods on the recall list, "we're
>getting updates every day," said Dr. Chris Rodi, Pet Emergency and
>Specialty Center of Marin.
>The following three 3-ounce varieties tested positive for melamine
>by UC Davis:
>- Chicken Cacciatore, UPC 79105352055
>- California Chicken Supreme, UPC 79105300117
>- Lamb & Turkey Cutlets, UPC 79105300148
>Emilie M. Bottiggi
>Brentwood, TN 37027
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>[email protected]

Royal Canin Canada proactively recalls Feline Dissolution Formula (canned)
> GUELPH, ON, April 10 /CNW Telbec/ - As a result of new information
>received from Menu Foods late yesterday, Royal Canin Canada is recalling
>Medi-Cal Feline Dissolution Formula canned diet because one production lot
>(January 08 2009) contains contaminated wheat gluten. This product is produced
>for Royal Canin Canada by the Menu Foods Ontario plant. Medi-Cal Feline
>Dissolution Formula canned diet is Royal Canin's only wheat gluten-containing
>canned product. This is the only Royal Canin or Medi-Cal product being
> Royal Canin Canada has informed all Canadian veterinary clinics that
>Medi-Cal Feline Dissolution Formula canned diet, prescribed exclusively
>through veterinary clinics, should not be fed to cats. Although only one
>production lot was affected, to eliminate any risks to cats, Royal Canin
>Canada is proactively advising veterinary clinics to remove all of the Feline
>Dissolution Formula canned date codes.
> This product is not available through retail outlets.
> "After being repeatedly reassured by Menu Foods, as reinforced by FDA
>public statements, that none of the contaminated wheat gluten had made its way
>to Canada, we were completely shocked to learn yesterday that this was not the
>case, and that this wheat gluten had been used in the Feline Dissolution
>Formula canned product" said Xavier Unkovic, CEO Royal Canin Canada. "Once
>Melamine was identified as a contaminant by the FDA on March 30, we
>immediately implemented a screening program for raw materials and finished
>goods including Feline Dissolution. Feline Dissolution canned product in our
>warehouse tested negative for Melamine. Unfortunately, the one code lot of
>Feline Dissolution Formula canned that was affected had already been shipped."
> "As animal health professionals and pet owners ourselves, we know this
>recall will cause concern for our customers as it has for our entire
>Medi-Cal/Royal Canin team," said Dr. Brent Matthew, Veterinary Division
>Director. "We deeply regret that this has occurred."
> To date, Medi-Cal/Royal Canin Veterinary Diet has not received any
>reports of illness in cats eating this product. Royal Canin Canada has advised
>veterinary clinics that it will provide financial reimbursement for veterinary
>costs to ensure the health and wellbeing of cats eating Feline Dissolution
>formula canned diets. Medi-Cal / Royal Canin's veterinary experts and
>representatives are available to support the veterinary clinics and pet
> Pet owners who are feeding the recalled product to their cats and have
>questions related to the recall should contact Royal Canin at 1-866-494-6844.
>For further information: Media Inquiries: (613) 292-9268