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ASPCA Responds to Concern Regarding Nationwide Pet Food Recalls Affecting Several Pet Food Brands

Advises Pet Parents to Discontinue Affected Product Use Immediately
March 18, 2007

NEW YORK, March 18, 2007—The ASPCA was recently informed of a voluntary nationwide recall of certain dog and cat foods manufactured by Menu Foods, Inc. This recall affects more than 40 brands of pet food distributed in the U. S. and Canada, including specific wet pet food varieties. Brands affected include Iams, Eukanuba, and Science Diet, as well as store brands distributed by major retailers including Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway, such as Ol’Roy, Special Kitty, and so on. For a complete list of affected brands, please visit http://www.menufoods.com/recall.

There have been a small number of reports of adverse effects on kidney function associated with the consumption of these pet food products. Extensive testing is underway to determine the exact cause. Iams has discussed this situation with ASPCA veterinary toxicologists and will inform the ASPCA as soon as a cause is identified. For information on specific Iams products affected, please visit the Iams website.

It is important for pet parents to remember this recall affects several brands that are widely distributed at pet specialty stores, supermarkets, mass retailers, as well as other retail and wholesale outlets. The ASPCA recommends that pet parents discontinue the use of all affected products immediately until further information has been received. Pet parents should immediately consult with a veterinarian if any signs or symptoms are noticed in their pets. In an emergency situation, they may also call the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.