Pet Food Recall. Cuts N' Gravey Terror!

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  1. I didn't know where to post this A mod may want to move it I think it's more imporatnt than Chit Chat and the company inquestion does trade in Canada.
    >>March 16, 2007
    Menu Foods Income Fund Announces Precautionary Dog and Cat Food Recall
    TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2007) -

    Menu Foods Income Fund (the "Fund") (TSX:MEW.UN) today announced the precautionary recall of a portion of the dog and cat food it
    manufactured between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The recall is limited to "cuts and gravy" style pet food in cans and pouches
    manufactured at two of the Fund's United States facilities. These products are both manufactured and sold under private-label and are
    contract-manufactured for some national brands.

    Over the past several days, the Fund has received feedback in the United States (none in Canada) raising concerns about pet food
    manufactured since early December, and its impact on the renal health of the pets consuming the products. Shortly after receipt of the first
    complaint, the Fund initiated a substantial battery of technical tests, conducted by both internal and external specialists, but has failed to
    identify any issues with the products in question. The Fund has, however, discovered that timing of the production associated with these
    complaints, coincides with the introduction of an ingredient from a new supplier. The Fund stopped using this ingredient shortly after this
    discovery and production since then has been undertaken using ingredients from another source.

    At the same time, the Fund's largest customer, for which it manufactures on a contract basis, received a small number of consumer
    complaints and has initiated its own recall. Furthermore, for the time being, the customer has put future orders for cuts and gravy products on
    hold. This customer's cuts and gravy purchases in 2006 represented approximately 11% of the Fund's annual revenue.

    "We take these complaints very seriously and, while we are still looking for a specific cause, we are acting to err on the side of caution" said
    Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, Menu Foods. "We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that our products maintain the very
    highest quality standards."

    While the number of complaints has been relatively small, Menu is taking this proactive step out of an abundance of caution, because the
    health and well-being of pets is paramount to the Fund.

    In addition to changing suppliers, for production after March 6, the Fund has increased testing of all raw materials and finished goods. It is
    also working closely with regulatory authorities and its customers to learn more and will take whatever additional actions are appropriate. The
    Fund estimates that based on currently available information, this recall could cost between $30 million and $40 million, which will be
    financed from a combination of internally generated cash flow and bank credit facilities. Furthermore, the Fund is aggressively producing
    product, utilizing a different supplier for the ingredient in question, to replenish customers as quickly as possible.

    In order to determine whether cat and dog food in their possession is subject to recall, consumers should refer to the list of brand names
    ("listed products") at . This will be available by 6 a.m. Saturday March 17, 2007. Products not identified on the
    website can continue to be used.

    Menu is the leading North American private-label/contract manufacturer of wet pet food products sold by supermarket retailers, mass
    merchandisers, pet specialty retailers and other retail and wholesale outlets. In 2006, the Fund produced more than one billion containers.
  2. Well this thing is turning out to be a lot bigger than it seemed in the beginning.

    Now some of the dry food is tainted:

    First rat poison and now plastic. Where are all the conspiracy theorists ??? Anyone think this is terrorist related ??? Testing how to taint our food supply ??? How about related to the spinach & other fruit/vegetable incidents earlier this year ??? PG & CL are implicated. So far they claim no human food is tainted.

    Anyone notice any issues with their pets ??? I had to return some of the WMT brand dog food when this first happened.