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Menu Foods, the Ontario-based company that produced the pet food, said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold under 46 brands and cat food sold under 37 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.
An unknown number of cats and dogs had suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said.
Many stores that sold the affected brands frantically pulled packages off shelves.
At a Petsmart store in Union, Silviene Grzybowski became worried when the four types of Iams products she buys for her cat, Smokey, had vanished from shelves. The cat was very sick and had not been eating for days, she said.
``The vet told us to buy her her favorite food, but I'm going to call the vet right now,'' Grzybowski said, looking at an announcement Petsmart had taped to shelves announcing the recall.
A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site, http://www.menufoods.com/recall.
Menu Foods' chief executive and president Paul Henderson told the Associated Press on Friday that the company was still trying to figure out what happened.
He said that the company had received an undisclosed number of owner complaints that dogs and cats were vomiting and suffering kidney failure after eating its products.
The recall covers the company's ``cuts and gravy'' style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches from Dec. 3 to March 6.
In Omaha, Neb., Susan Balvanz said she sometimes feeds her five cats packets of sliced meat and gravy sold by Nutro Products, one of the brands affected.
``I've done so much research on pet food. It didn't surprise me but it scared me all the same,'' said Balvanz.
She said her 9-year-old cat, Boots, was especially fond of the food but seemed to have lost its appetite in the last few days.
At the Missouri Valley Veterinary Clinic in Bismarck, N.D., veterinarian Jacob Carlson has been referring worried pet owners to the Menu Foods web site.
``We've had a lot of calls,'' Carlson said, although none of his patients were sick.
The company said it makes pet food for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.--Nutro Products, Inc., a top manufacturer of super-premium dog and cat foods, is leading the industry with the introduction of New Ultra Large Breed Adult, a holistic dog food specifically formulated to meet the nutrient requirements of large breed dogs.
Nutro Ultra Large Breed Adult provides the ideal calcium-phosphorus ratio to help large breed dogs maintain strong bones and a higher protein-to-fat ratio to help maintain healthy weight and avoid excess strain on hips and joints, a troublesome issue for dogs of 50 lbs. or more.
Ultra Holisticís natural ingredients with vitamins and minerals provide sustained health and wellness for dogs. Formulated with three high-quality animal proteins -- chicken, lamb and salmon, and wholesome grains like whole brown rice and oatmeal, Ultra comes in formulas for all life stages and now in a special formulation for large breed dogs.
"Consumers who prefer holistic quality products for their pets will find Ultra Large Breed Adult a solution to their needs," said Fred Clay, Nutro's Ultra Brand Manager. "Large breed dogs need plenty of protein to support all their muscles, tendons and ligaments. Ultra Large Breed Adult provides holistic natural ingredients in an optimal balance of the necessary proteins, vitamins and minerals for large breed dogs."
Ultra dog foods include such holistic ingredients as cranberry powder and garlic for natural flavoring, and Sun Cured Alfalfa Meal, Tomato Pomace and Kelp as sources of vitamins and antioxidants. Direct Fed Microbials, like Bacillus Licheniformis and Bacillus Subtilis, help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.
Ultra Large Breed Adult also provides DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid for good brain function, vision and sense of smell. An exclusive antioxidant system, including Tocotrienols, Tocopherols, Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene and Selenium, helps maintain immune system health.
Ultra products also include high levels of Linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid proven to promote healthy skin and coat. Linoleic acid from Sunflower Oil, Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) from Flaxseed, and Zinc work in synergy to ensure that dogs fed Ultra will have smooth, supple skin and a shiny coat. Like all Nutro pet foods, Ultra does not contain any chicken by-product meal or ground corn.
Ultra is sold exclusively in pet specialty stores and at farm and feed stores. For more information on Ultra products or to find the closest retailer, visit www.ultraholistic.com or call their consumer hotline at 1-800-833-5330.