Menu Foods, which manufactures dog and cat food, issued a recall 60 million containers of wet food on March 17, citing contamination of the products. The pet food is sold under a number of store brands, including Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Safeway.
Menu Foods makes pet food for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers, and is also a contract manufacturer for branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co., which sells the Menu Foods products under the names Eukanuba and Iams.
Proctor & Gamble has likewise issued a recall of all products bearing the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197.
The FDA has indicated that the contaminated pet food contained melamine, a chemical used to make plastic cutlery and as a fertilizer. The melamine may have entered the pet food through wheat gluten incorporated into the food that was shipped from China, where melamine is used as a fertilizer.
The recall initially affected only the “cuts” and “gravy” food varieties, which are “wet” foods, but has now been expanded to include one dry cat food brand – Prescription Diet m/d Feline, made by Hills Pet Nutrition.
An unknown number of pets have died from kidney failure as a result of ingesting the contaminated food.