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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release: March 19, 2007
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

DEM ISSUES INFORMATION ABOUT DOG, CAT FOOD RECALL

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management is alerting consumers concerned about the recall of certain dog and cat foods in cans and pouches produced for a number of companies under private label by Menu Foods, Inc. that information about the recall and brands involved is available on the home page of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website, www.fda.gov.

The products, "cuts and gravy" style food, are marketed nationwide to supermarkets, pet specialty stores and mass merchandisers; therefore, some are sold in various retail outlets in Rhode Island. According to Menu Foods, Inc., it has voluntarily recalled specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6 oz., and 13.2 oz. canned, and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch "wet" cat and dog food products manufactured by their Emporia, Kansas plant with the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197. Consumers who have any of these products should immediately stop feeding them to their pets. No dry foods are affected.

DEM animal health staff will be spot-checking retail outlets in the state for compliance with the voluntary recall.

People with dogs or cats who have consumed the suspect feed and show signs of kidney failure, such as loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, or increased thirst and/or urination, should consult with their veterinarian.

According to the FDA, a small number of cats and dogs have been reported to have developed kidney failure after eating the affected products. Ten deaths, one dog and nine cats, none in Rhode Island, have been reported at this time. Menu Foods, Inc., despite extensive testing of the products in questions, has, to date, been unable to find the source of the problem, but is continuing its investigation.

For further information, check the FDA website, www.fda.gov. According to Menu Foods, Inc., information is also available on its website, www.menufoods.com, or by calling the company's hotline at 1-866-895-2708.

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