Menu Foods Recall Expands Dramatically Due to Cross-Contamination

Our recall list is now up-to-date to include this expansion. Menu Foods is only 1 of several menufacturers, so please check our list for the all recalled brands. If we missed something, do let us know.

UPDATE: The expansion expands again. Menu Foods’ own press releases do NOT match up with their recall expansion list. Pet Food Tracker and PetSitUSA have worked the last several hours checking the lists and added several more brands to the recall expansion. Our recall list is now updated. Again.

ORIGINAL POST: This recall expansion covers dozens of new brands and foods — wet foods only — citing cross-contamination (corrected). This announcement comes more than a month and a half after the initial recall. The recall also expanded to include 2 varieties in Europe.

Latest from Menu Foods

Menu Foods says:

Menu Foods has previously recalled wet cat and dog food produced with adulterated wheat gluten supplied by ChemNutra Inc. Menu Foods is now expanding the recall to include cuts and gravy and select other products which do not include ChemNutra wheat gluten but which were manufactured at any of Menu Foods’ plants during the period that ChemNutra wheat gluten was used at that plant, to the extent they have not already been subject to a recall, due to the possibility of cross-contamination. Menu Foods has received a report from a customer and has received study results, both of which indicate cross-contamination.

(Hey Menu Foods, please just send us an email next time. Now we know why you visted 30 times today. Your identity will be kept confidential.)

Brands covered in expansion are listed after the jump. New brands are marked (New). Castor and Pollux’s recall of their Natural Ultramix food is included.

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US Recall Expansion

Cat Food:

  • Americas Choice, Preferred Pet
  • Best Choice
  • Cat’s Choice (New)
  • Companion
  • Compliments
  • Co-Op Gold (New)
  • Demoulas/Market Basket
  • Despar (New)
  • Drs. Fosters and Smith
  • Fame (New)
  • Feline Classic (New)
  • Feline Cuisine (New)
  • Food Lion
  • Giant Companion
  • Giant Eagle (New)
  • Hannaford
  • Hill Country Fare
  • Hy Vee
  • J. E. Mondou (New)
  • La Griffe (New)
  • Laura Lynn
  • Loving Meals
  • Master Choice (New)
  • Medi-Cal
  • Meijer’s Main Choice
  • Natural Ultramix (New)
  • Nu Pet (New)
  • Nutriplan
  • Nutro
  • Paws
  • Performatrin Ultra (New)
  • Pet Pride
  • Presidents Choice
  • Price Chopper
  • Priority Canada
  • Priority US
  • Roche Brothers (New)
  • Roundy’s (New)
  • Schnucks
  • Sophistacat
  • Special Kitty Canada
  • Springfield Prize
  • Stuzzy Gold (New)
  • Triumph (New)
  • Wegmans
  • Western Family Canada (New)
  • White Rose
  • Winn Dixie
  • Your Pet (New)

Dog Food

  • Authority
  • Award
  • Best Choice
  • Compliments (New)
  • Co-Op Gold (New)
  • Hannaford
  • Health Diet Gourmet Cusine (New)
  • Hill Country Fare (New)
  • Hy Vee
  • La Griffe (New)
  • Master Choice (New)
  • Natural Life
  • Nu Pet (New)
  • Ol’ Roy Canada
  • Performatrin Ultra (New)
  • Pet Pride/Good n Meaty
  • Presidents Choice
  • Priority US
  • Schnucks
  • Springfield Prize
  • Stater Brothers
  • Triumph (New)
  • Truly (New)
  • Western Family Canada (New)
  • Western Family US

Canadian Recall Expansion

Cat Food:

  • Americas Choice, Preferred Pet
  • Best Choice
  • Companion
  • Compliments
  • Co-Op Gold (NEW)
  • Demoulas/Market Basket
  • Drs Foster & Smith
  • Fame (NEW)
  • Feline Classic (NEW)
  • Feline Cuisine (NEW)
  • Food Lion
  • Giant Companion
  • Giant Eagle (NEW)
  • Hannaford
  • Hill Country Fare
  • Hy Vee
  • La Griffe (NEW)
  • Laura Lynn
  • Master Choice (NEW)
  • Meijer’s Main Choice
  • Natural Ultramix (NEW)
  • Nu Pet (NEW)
  • Nutriplan
  • Nutro
  • Paws
  • Performatrin Ultra (NEW)
  • Pet Pride
  • Presidents Choice
  • Price Chopper
  • Priority Canada (NEW)
  • Priority US
  • Roche Brothers
  • Roundy’s (NEW)
  • Schnucks
  • Sophistacat
  • Special Kitty Canada
  • Springfield Prize
  • Triumph (NEW)
  • Wegmans
  • Western Family Canada (NEW)
  • White Rose
  • Winn Dixie
  • Your Pet (NEW)

Dog Food:

  • Authority
  • Award
  • Best Choice
  • Compliments
  • Co-Op Gold (NEW)
  • Hannaford
  • Health Diet Gourmet Cuisine (NEW)
  • Hill Country Fare (NEW)
  • Hy Vee
  • La Griffe (NEW)
  • Master Choice (NEW)
  • Natural Life
  • Nu Pet (NEW)
  • Ol’ Roy Canada
  • Performatrin Ultra (NEW)
  • Pet Pride / Good n Meaty
  • Presidents Choice
  • Priority US
  • Schnucks
  • Springfield Prize
  • Stater Brothers
  • Triumph (NEW)
  • Truly (NEW)
  • Western Family Canada (NEW)
  • Western Family US

279 Responses to “Menu Foods Recall Expands Dramatically Due to Cross-Contamination”

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  1. TEALCSMOMMY says:

    One of the dog foods I used for my 4 pound, 2 1/2 year old chihuahua was Life’s Abundance. I read in Itchmo about a poison called menadione. Well, the bag I still possessed with an expiration date of May 18, 2007 has this poison listed as an ingredient. I contacted Dr Jane Bicks the dog food originator to get to the bottom of this because I was told that the menadione was removed and it takes awhile for the manufacturer to make the change. Now on top of that I just read above that this is made in one of the menu plants! One week before the recall, my baby had his blood work done, routine for a dental cleaning, and the ALT liver enzyme result was 298 on a scale of 10-100. That’s tripled! My vet said he is being poisoned by something in his environment. I don’t know for sure if this was caused by the dog food or not. The other product I alternated with was Royal Canin Chihuahua 28 which currently is not on the list and I was told by Royal Canin staff that this one is ok. I have since been cooking for him and am in the process of purchasing Evanger’s. You can order directly from their website if you can’t find this in your area. They have a very large selection to choose from.

  2. Danielle says:

    To answer the question about where Canidae is made, a few days ago a pet food store owner (BoutiqueOwner) posted that the Canidae representative informed her the canned food is made by Evangers and the dry food by Pied Piper. There is no connection to Menu, Diamond or American Nutrition.

  3. JamesBtex says:

    Try this food, my dog loves it and so far it’s been safe, not on the recall list. They make formulas for about every kind of dog.


  4. Ellie says:

    About Wellness.

    I called Wellness last week after other companies were accusing ANI of adding RPC. These are my notes from immediately after that phone call on 4/27:
    Wellness was extremely evasive. They did not want to tell me which foods were made at/by ANI. They kept saying all ingredients they used were listed on the label. I said that’s what Natural Balance and Blue Buffalo had claimed too, until yesterday and today when they said ANI had added RPC to their foods without their knowledge. The Wellness rep gave me a whole song-and-dance about how RPC is an expensive ingredient and it’s so strange that ANI would add it. I kept saying I didn’t care about all the philosophizing, I just wanted to know which Wellness foods were made by ANI. Finally what I got out of him was:

    No Wellness Dry is made by ANI.

    No Wellness canned kitten food is made by ANI.

    No Wellness canned cat food distributed in New York City [where I am] (and on the East Coast) is made by ANI. Dog food on the East Coast may be made by ANI; cat food in other areas may be made by ANI.

    Based on that, I decided it was relatively safe to continue feeding what I had on hand, but I am reluctant to continue to buy Wellness. Another friend also called them and got basically the same information from another customer rep.

  5. CatsRUs says:

    I was feeding my foster Chihuahua’s Natural Choice and we were slowly losing them. Because they were older, ended up at the shelter emaciated and ill, we kept thinking WE could do something. Our vet ran panels regularly, did urinalysis and as a last ditch effort…I switched to cooked foods. Within days we saw improvement…than blammo…the recall was first announced. I wonder who will pay the $1000’s of dollars back to my broke rescue?

    I lost at least 6 cats, my most recent a victim of the delayed recalls, he was eating Blue Buffalo. He was an old Sphynx I was fostering. The others with him were lucky, they were picky about the food.

    Thank Dog my dogs are on Canidae and my personal cats are on Prowl (dehydrated raw). But who knows? Every day brings new fear and loathing.

    It was hard enough to be a rescue volunteer that worked senior cats and dogs, but for the last 6 months I felt like the angel of death. I was in email and on phones daily with adopters who we sent out with many of the recalled products. Adopters who had NEW pets and did not have a historical relationship, did not know why the cat was vomitting or the dog had raging diarreah. New pets, new adopters, what a mess.

    Thanks for that Menu et al.

  6. PurrfectkittyRIP says:


    1) Is this the first time menu/chemnutra has used the Chinese source?

    2) Is the spiking of melamine which many articles state is done all the time in China, what is happening to other countries they sell to, or was it just USA/Canada?

    3) What are the NEW sources of gluten and where do they come from?

    4) Have you seen this? where the insectide cryomazine breaks down into melamine when ingested by an animal????? = highyly used in gentically modified crops….

    By Michael W. Fox B.Vet.Med., Ph.D., D.Sc. M.R.C.V.S.
    snip: The Environmental Protection Agency identified melamine as a contaminant and byproduct of several pesticides, including cryomazine. People began to question if there is also pesticide contamination of the wheat gluten. Was there a possibility of deliberate contamination, or was it the result of gross mismanagement and lack of effective food-safety and quality controls that account for levels of melamine reported to be as high as 6.6% in FDA analyzed samples of the wheat gluten?

    The widely used insect growth regulator cryomazine is not only made from melamine. It also breaks down into melamine after ingestion by an animal. Wheat gluten is wheat gluten, fit for human consumption, so the question still remains, what was wrong with this imported gluten that it was only bought for use in pet food?

    On April 6, 2007, FDAs veterinarian Stephen Sundlof told CNN that the melamine found in the contaminated wheat gluten from China could actually have been added ascheap filler. Melamine crystal is a urea-derived, synthetic nitrogen product that is used as a fertilizer that could have been added to the wheat gluten, But in fact it is NOT cheap. Fine Chem Trading Ltd Special Offers lists China Melamine Price Indication for 1 metric ton at $1,130, while other sources list China wheat gluten at around $750.

    How this melamine got into the gluten is still an open question, and some toxicologists still doubt that this is the main cause of so many dogs and cats becoming sick and even dying from kidney failure.

    As for the actual origin of the melamine, this chemical is the parent of a widely used crop insecticide called cryomazine that is actually absorbed by plants after being sprayed, and is converted into melamine. This could be the source of gluten contamination, and was why the gluten was not considered fit for human consumption. But melamine, according to Dr. Sundlof is not very toxic as a chemical. Since it was found in some 873 tons of wheat gluten from China the dilution in the vast volume of pet foods being recalled must be considerable. So perhaps melamine is a smoking gun, a symptom and not the primary cause of so many animals becoming sick, and even dying.

    Pesticides are used extensively on rice crops, and many varieties of GM/transgenic rice have been planted in Asia. This may account for the presence of melamine in rice protein identified in two of Natural Balances cat and dog foods that lead to a recall on April 16, 2007 after people reported that their cats and dogs were getting sick on the dry food.

    The possibility of synergism of toxic pet food contaminants, where two or more harmful additives or contaminants resulted in this pet food poisoning pandemic, still remains open. The massive pet food recall in 2004 of dry cat and dog food manufactured in Thailand by Pedigree Pet Foods after reports of kidney failure in hundreds of pets, mostly puppies, in nine Asian countries is a matter of public record, but no toxic agent/s were ever reported to the public by this multinational pet food company.

    On April 3 Associated Press named the US importer as ChemNutra of Las Vegas, reporting that the company had recalled 873 tons of wheat gluten that had been shipped to three pet food makers and a single distributor who in turn supplies the pet food industry. Close to 100 different brand labels of cat and dog food were recalled.

    Until there is evidence to the contrary, the following concerns remain to be addressed by the FDA:

    1. The wheat gluten imported from China was not for human consumption, because, I believe, it had been genetically engineered. The FDA has a wholly cavalier attitude toward feeding animals such frankenfoods but places some restrictions when human consumption is involved (yet refuses appropriate food labeling).

    2. The rat poison aminopterin is used in molecular biology as an anti-metabolite, folate antagonist, and in genetic engineering biotechnology as a genetic marker. This could account for its presence in this imported wheat gluten.

    3. The plastic, wood preservative, contaminant melamine, the parent chemical for a potent insecticide cyromazine, could possibly have been manufactured WITHIN the wheat plants themselves as a genetically engineered pesticide. This is much like the Bt. insecticidal poison present in most US commodity crops that go into animal feed.

    4.So called overexpression can occur when spliced genes that synthesize such chemicals become hyperactive inside the plant and result in potentially toxic plant tissues, lethal not just to meal worms and other crop pests, but to cats, dogs, birds, butterflies and other wildlife; and to their creators.

    My initial suspicion was that the FDA had been aware that the gluten came from genetically engineered wheat that was considered safe for animal consumption. To admit that the gluten came from a genetically engineered food crop could harm the US agricultural biotechnology industry by raising valid consumer concerns: So better for the FDA to focus on the melamine question.

    I could be wrong. But a greater wrong is surely for the pet food industry to use food ingredients and food and beverage industry by-products considered unfit for human consumption; to continue to do business without any adequate government oversight and inspection; and for government to give greater priority and support to agricultural biotechnology ( that requires far more food quality and safety tests and surveillance than conventional crops all at the publics expense)than to organic, humane, ecologically sound farming practices.

    Possibly glufosinate and glyphosate, herbicides that are liberally applied to crops across the US, and are absorbed by crops that are genetically engineered (transgenic or GM, genetically modified), so that they are not harmed by the weed killers while all else growing in the fields is wiped out, could be part of the problem. These widely used herbicides have caused kidney damage and other health problems in laboratory tested animals.

    These and other agrichemicals are probably in the pet food that made so many animals sick and even die, and are in most of the crops and crop by-products currently being fed to beef cattle, pigs, poultry, and dairy cows whose produce is not Certified Organic.

    Farmed animals, whose various produce non-vegans consume, are also fed corn and other feeds from genetically engineered crops that produce their own insecticide called Bt. High levels of Bt in crops have made farmers ill and poisoned sheep. Since pet foods show no labels to the contrary, and the FDA does not even permit the labeling of human foods when they contain GM ingredients, we have no way of knowing what we are really eating or feeding to our pets.


    Question number 6:

    Are you aware of this in our Country as we use Gentically Modified grains continuously and spray lots of insecticides and Japan/Europe continue to shy away from GM’s with the quote from Japan — We will watch what happens to American Children for the next 10 years…

    Press Release from GM Free Cymru 6th March 2007

    GM rice contamination disaster spirals out of control as a THIRD contamination incident is identified.

    Today it is apparent that the GM rice contamination incident in the USA has spiralled out of control, in spite of the best efforts of rice farmers, millers and food packagers in a complex “damage limitation” exercise. It has also been revealed that there have also been at least THREE separate GM contamination incidents, involving contamination by different “Liberty Link” varieties developed by Bayer CropScience.

    Last year the US rice industry was rocked by the FIRST discovery that long-grain rice supplies were contaminated with a Bayer LL variety called LL601 (1). By the time the US regulators announced the contamination, on 18th August 2006, contaminated rice was already in the food chain all around the world; and major disruption was caused as testing programmes were put in place and as “positive” test results came in from one country after another. Contaminated rice had to be removed from supermarket shelves in many countries, and almost without exception these countries have banned further imports of US long-grain rice supplies. The price of US rice plummeted, and there are now 13 court cases pending as growers seek to obtain compensation from Bayer for financial damage. The contamination was traced to a rice variety called Cheniere, and the decision has been made by rice growers that this variety will not be planted at all in 2007 or 2008 (2).

    That was bad enough. But yesterday (3) it was reported that there had been a SECOND serious GM rice contamination incident in the southern states of the USA, this time involving the Bayer CropScience variety called LL62: see our press release APPENDED below. We also reported that rice farmers in Arkansas had decided that they would grow Clearfield 131 rice in spite of the fact that it is contaminated with LL62 GM rice.

    However, in a major new development, APHIS has stepped in today and ordered farmers NOT to plant Clearfield 131 rice anywhere in the southern states, in spite of the fact that there will now be severe shortages of seed stocks for the 2007 rice growing season. It appears that there is widespread contamination in seed stocks from 2005 and 2006, meaning that the contamination dates back to at least 2004.

    This move is prompted by more discoveries of contamination by LL62 as the GM testing programme proceeds. It has not been revealed how many positive results have now come through the testing laboratories, but it is reasonable to assume that there must be more than a hundred. Also, the millers and food processors (including Procter and Gamble) have been pleading with USDA, APHIS and the rice farmers to stay away from Clearfield 131 so that there is at least a small chance that most rice entering the food chain later this year will be kept GM- free (4).

    In a bizarre further twist, the testing labs have now identified a THIRD GM contamination incident. They have found LL contamination of Clearfield 131 which has nothing to do with LL06, LL62 or LL601. These are the only three GM rice varieties deregulated (ie authorized) in the USA. This means that the contamination is down to one (or more) of the other discontinued or experimental lines abandoned by Bayer probably at least a decade ago. BASF (the breeders of the non-GM Clearfield 131 variety) is now seeing its own business damaged, and the company is desperately trying to obtain from Bayer the genetic makeup of all of these abandoned (and possibly very unstable and non-uniform) GM-LL varieties (5) so that contaminated stocks can be impounded and destroyed.

    Commenting for GM Free Cymry, Dr Brian John said: “The worst possible scenario is that there are SEVERAL unidentified GM contaminant varieties out there in 2007 seed stocks, and that they have already outcrossed from Clearfield 131 into wild red rice. Even if widespread environmental damage can be prevented, this is now an unmitigated disaster for the rice farmers of the southern states, and for the GM industry, on a much greater scale than previously admitted. The genie is well and truly out of the bottle.”

    ENDS Contact: Dr Brian John Tel 01239-820470

    For US verification of this story, contact: Dave Bennett: Bob Cummings:


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  7. Danielle says:

    My understanding on Wellness is that the east coast canned food is made at Menu’s NJ plant. If the can has a code on the bottom ending in S1-S4 it is made at Menu. I stopped feeding Wellness because of their evasive and contradictory information, before I found out about the codes and ANI connection. Sure enough I have a closet full of Menu cans. Unfortunately I couldn’t return them because I cut off the UPC labels for a $10 coupon the day before the recall. Don’t think I’ll be needing the coupon now.

  8. Eric says:

    It kinda seems like Teric vanished. Maybe the government got him. I do hope he, his family and his pets are all okay.

  9. Wendy, Othello's mom says:

    I’m just sick about this, I’ve always fed dry food to keep their teeth healthy and canned as a treat. Now I’ve switched which dry food I feed, using Avoderm dry food only. If that gets recalled I will lose my mind, my dogs love it, and oddly enough my 10 year old Rotts eye allergies cleared up when I put him on it. I would like to switch to those all organic foods but lets be real I have two huge Rottweilers and go through 50lbs of food or more every other week. I checked out the Merrick site, it is like $20.00 for a 5lb bag. Anyone know of any organic foods that have a decent price per pound????? Would love the input…..

  10. Alice says:

    What about Blue Buffalo. I don’t see it on your list. They recalled the dry Spa kitten food and all cans of dog and cat food. I am currently using their dry dog and cat food and have used their canned food until I say the recall.

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Blue Buffalo is on our recall list. The Spa Select Kitten food is under For Cats: Dry Food #1 and Blue Buffalo canned food is listed under both For Cats: Wet Food #4, For Dogs: Wet Food #9 and For Dogs: Treats #2.

  11. Anonymous says:
    World-Famous Scientists Donate Services to The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust

    “Two world-renowned giants of veterinary vaccine research — Dr. W. Jean Dodds of Hemopet and Co-Trustee of The Rabies Challenge Fund and Dr. Ronald Schultz of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine — have volunteered their time to ensure that critical 5 and 7 year rabies challenge studies are conducted in the United States. The studies are to be financed by The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust, a tax-exemption organization founded by pet vaccine disclosure advocate Kris L. Christine of Maine in 2005, and will be performed by Dr. Schultz at the University of Wisconsin. The University has waived its usual 48% overhead fee for these studies.

    The concurrent challenge studies will determine the duration of immunity conveyed by the canine rabies vaccine, with the goal of extending the state-mandated interval for boosters to 5, and then to 7 years. According to Dr. Dodds, “This is one of the most important projects in veterinary medicine. It will benefit all dogs by providing evidence that protection from rabies vaccination lasts at least 5 years, thereby avoiding unnecessary revaccination with its attendant risk of debilitating adverse reactions. “

  12. 4lgdfriend says:

    can’t find it but a recent poster (from the grocery business) tipped Itchmo that the shipment had gotten into the suppliers raw material stockpile and that therefore, all foods produced there would essentially be contaminated…….. I figure that’s what the code word “cross contamination” may mean.

  13. Ellie says:

    Danielle Says:

    My understanding on Wellness is that the east coast canned food is made at Menu’s NJ plant. If the can has a code on the bottom ending in S1-S4 it is made at Menu. I stopped feeding Wellness because of their evasive and contradictory information, before I found out about the codes and ANI connection. Sure enough I have a closet full of Menu cans. Unfortunately I couldn’t return them because I cut off the UPC labels for a $10 coupon the day before the recall. Don’t think I’ll be needing the coupon now.
    Thanks for the information. I have a few cans of adult Wellness with the S4 code. The cans of kitten food have a C1 code. Do you know what plant that C1 indicates? Do you have any further info about how to read the codes on other brands?

    I only asked them about ANI last week–now, with Menu’s cross-contamination issues, Wellness is no longer an option. Too bad, one cat especially loves their turkey and salmon.

  14. Monika says:

    Hana B.

    Cats: Merrick wet with Kumpikat, Felidae and Fromm dry.
    Dogs: Merrick and Evangers wet along with Merrick dry.

    No problems, everyone is happy, I trust the companies (despite the rendering plant issue with Merrick - which no one is able to prove and until then I will continue to use them).

    In any case for the latest info on all things pet food go to

  15. Nicole says:

    Anyone that loves their pets should boycott any company that does animal testing for their foods. I can’t beleive that these companies get away with treating cats and dogs so inhumanely. Cutting chunks of muscle out of dog legs seems crazy to me. These big corporate companies treat dogs and cat as money machines. The try to cover it up but if you ask me this kind of testing is unnessary.
    I discovered and was disgusted what I had found.
    I used Iams for years but I am not helping torture other pets anymore.

  16. Monika says:


    It’s about time they started looking into something that seemed so obvious - there’s an extremely bad over-vaccination issue in this country. I swear it’s so you are forced to go to the vet at least once a year. My cats are 7 and only had shots once at the shelter I adopted them from - after that, I never went to the vet or anywhere for any shots. They are healthy, never sick, no problems (well, one is allergic to fleas). The dogs - now that I know you can stretch it to 5 I will.

    Thanks for sharing.

  17. Danielle says:

    I went back and found the thread that talks about the codes: C1-C4 are also Menu codes. I was never able to get these specifics out of the company, so I’m trusting the poster that started the thread. I think it was posted though before the ANI story broke, so I think I would avoid Wellness altogether because it’s basically flipping a coin as to your contamination problem.

  18. Renee says:

    I’m another reader in Europe (UK) wanting to know what’s been recalled over here. I thought we were hopefully safe, considering that I thought there were more stringent EU regulations about imports from China, but it might be US or Canadian food that’s just been imported over here.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Right you are Monika, and at last, Dodds and Schultz are saying, out loud to Vets that our animals health is more important than Vet profits from overvaccination administered without adequte duration of immunity studies.


  20. Anonymous says:

    Note that cats are not included. Why did the AVMA cut off funding for the Feline Vaccine Associated Sarcoma Task Force???

    Why did it take an animal lover and donated services to fund these important studies? Because of lack of support due to threatened pethealth industry profits?

  21. Ellie says:


    Yes, that’s right. I had checked the Nutro website and noticed that their latest information was a week old. So I called to ask why they hadn’t updated their site to reflect the May 2 Menu recall.

    The first person I spoke to didn’t know about it. She transferred me to a higher-up person, who ALSO didn’t know about it! He seemed incredulous, even though I kept saying the info was posted by Menu last night and was on the FDA list yhis morning. He said, well, he wasn’t in yesterday. I was incredulous at that!

    As we were on the phone (this was about 15 minutes ago), he got/found the new info about additional Nutro recalls.

    Incredible. Absolutely incredible.

  22. Renee says:

    Sorry to follow up on my own post, but I just found a list that said which the two European brands were at http://petfoodtracker.blogspot.....-food.html

    They are Despar and Stuzzy and both are Italian according to the basic Googling I did. Might be worth someone who knows Italian to research this more. Here’s the basic info I found:

    Despar is an Italian grocery chain according to this link:


    I found their home page, and they seem to be the same company as Spar (same logo at least): (European page–they do everthing from local convenience stores to large supermarkets, depending on the country)

    Stuzzy Gold’s home page is here:

  23. Ellie says:

    Danielle, thank you for the additional info.

    It is really disheartening when premium food companies , especially, aren’t forthcoming with information. They are positioning themselves as high-grade, top-quality foods for pets (and charging such high prices), and they turn out to be little different from the supermarket brands.

  24. Rick says:

    Someone was questioning where Wellness canned foods are made–they are made @ MENU FOODS.

    I posted this in another thread–and thought I’d re-post.


    Anyone using “By Nature Organics” may want to do a closer inspection!
    Their wet “pouch” style cat food says on the back “PRODUCT OF CHINA”.
    So I called the company, Blue Seal, and the rep was a bit aggressive.
    I asked him how he could be sure the product is safe and he said “because we test it” (where have we heard THAT before?) I then mentioned China’s other nasty human food issues and he said “I got that email , too” in a dismissive tone. Next I asked him if ANY of the ingredients in any if their other dog or cat food are imported from China and he said “to the BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, no”. To which I responded” but you can’t say FOR SURE” his response: “NO, I DON”T WORK IN PURCHASING” !!!!
    Also, their “loaf” stlye(which is anything not in gravy) is made by MENU FOODS”.
    Apprently Blue seal has their hands in quite a bit!
    Blue Seal manufactures wildlife, farm animal, and livestock feeds and supplements; canned and dry pet food; seed mixtures for wild and caged birds; and lawn and garden maintenance products.

  25. Wendy44 says:

    GENNY: Sorry, when I said ask your vet I didn’t mean to upset you. Luckily, my vet is a personal friend that I used to work with, and I basically called her to have her look at the ingredient list to see if medically it would control his crystals. I worked at a vet for a few years, as a receptionist, but I saw many cats with crystal problems, and yes it will kepp coming back and can be dangerous if not under control. My cat is still being transitioned over from Hills, he’s eating a mix of the two, but so far so good. This diet I found from FRR is the only one I seemed to find that specifically mentioned controlling struvite crystals, which form from the cats pH being too high. I buy it online, free shipping, and it the price is comparable to the Hills crap.
    As far as not trusting your vet, I understand. The two vets that owned the clinic I worked at were very devious, and after my vet friend left, I eventually left because of ethical issues. Now I will only go to certain clinics in the area that I have “inside info” on. If you get any bad feeling or vibe from your vet, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion. If you ever want to contact me you can email me at
    I hope everything works out for you.

  26. betty gossett says:

    They are saying: This is food that DOES NOT contain the wheat gluten. It is cross contamination. They still are not listing Iams Slow cooked chicken. It does not list wheat gluten and was never recalled. However, I had a pregenant cat that died and a 3 month old kitten that died eating it. My other cats were eating Nine lives. They were ok. The 2 that died were fed “better food”. They died. The pregnant one right after delivery at the end of February. The kitten in March about a week before the recalls started. The kittens that were born only survived a few days, So, I lost my female and her litter. Of course, I did not suspect the food, I thought it was a complication of her pregnancy. Then with the kitten, I had just made an appointment for his vaccines. So, I thought it must have been something that would have been prevented by the vaccines. Then the recalls. Iams food made by menu foods, but not on the recall list. I then became convinced it was the food, since the ones that died were the only ones eating it. They may never add it to the list.
    I am totally conviced this stuff is also in the human food supply. But it takes humans longer to get sick from it since they are bigger and eat more things. Anyone that goes into renal failure should have their urine tested.

  27. momofcanines says:

    Can anyone tell me if Blue Buffalo dry was recalled? I know the canned was. I had some of the recalled cans and returned them. I was lucky I had not fed them to my dogs! I feed California Natural to my epileptic dog and Blue Buffalo Fish and Potato to my other 2 (one with severe allergies). I am concerned about the dry food now!

  28. DaveyD says:

    We are all absolutely sure that all Iams, Eukanuba, Purina, Hills etc… made by Menu should have also been included in this round..How can there be “cross-contamination” and the big boys are not affected by it??
    There are just refusing to do the right thing…Like Blue Buffalo did for example. It would cost their bottom line to much and their CEO’s would not get their bonus’…

  29. Bonni says:

    my friend’s dog eats the duck and potato natural balance. Even though he didn’t eat any of the recalled foods, she had his blood and urine tested. All tests came back completely normal, nothing elevated at all. . . completely healthy. WHEW!!!

  30. Jennifer says: has some great information on dog food. We feed our dogs Innova EVO because as the web site says, “grain is not a natural part of a dogs diet”. The big name brand dog food manufacturers are the ones that are having all of the problems…..suprise, suprise.

  31. Britches says:

    Cross contamination is from the eqipment not being cleaned thoroughly after each production run. At the senate hearing in mid April that was televised on CSPAN one of the men who was involved in feed oversight admitted to Senator Durbin and the others that the equipment is not routinely cleaned (or sterilized) unless they have been doing a production run of “prescription food”. My husband almost fell off his chair and my mouth dropped open at that admission. I saw it “live that day while home at lunch and couldn’t believe it. Now I guess I’m just not suprised by anything anymore. When will this end…..

  32. Minnaloushe says:


    My cat Booda was getting UTI’s every few months, and blocked at least once a year. After his third catheteization (and after being on Hills prescription food for it still didn’t prevent problems) I finally read some books and started making food.

    This was over 8 years ago - started with Dr. Pitcairn’s recipes, have moved now closer to Anita Frazier’s New Natural Cat recipes - and Booda has never had another UTI, much less been blocked. He is now 17, and still going strong.

    Don’t let people convince you its hard to feed your pets - we feed ourselves without resorting to kibble, don’t we? Prior to the 50/60’s, people fed table scraps to their pets, and that is still far healthier than commerical, rendered, processed and preserved food.

    Its simple to put out some raw chicken or turkey, with a few steamed veggies blended in, at the very least. Supplements are good, of course, but a decent animal multi-vitamin will cover most concerns…

    I can’t tell you how relieved I’ve been through all of this to NOT be relying on commercial foods! But I’m still furious, and more so everyday!!!


  33. pat says:

    that’s it, what i feared all along has been realized. my boys’ brand is on the new list. i have one crf guy; of course we figured it was “just one of those things”. you’ll never convince me of that now. i’ll never be able to prove it but that won’t stop me from giving these people an earful.

    Triumph is actually “Sunshine Foods” Sounds nice, doesn’t it? I had to call several times before I got someone who was even remotely listening to me. He’s not going to *do* anything, of course, but at least he let me bash his company for quite awhile… guess he figured it was the least he could do.

    Then I called menu foods, which was a lot less satisfying. They’re supposedly going to contact me sometime within the next millenium. Looking forward to it.

    Then it was regional office of fda. She was ok, went over the whole scenario with me; took name of pet store supplying triumph food, and the name of my vet so she could discuss specifics of my cat’s case. I told her that considering the time frame for my pet’s illness (last summer) I would never be able to prove causal relationship but wanted my pet to be documented if the investugation turns up anything to suggest that this was going on unabated for a long time before the recall announcement came in March.

    Then I called my vet to let him know that I’d called FDA so he wouldn’t freak out when they called him. He’s just fine with that… he’s pretty snarky about the way this recall thing is going down too.

    I can’t even begin to articulate the depths of my rage… and I’m really mad at myself for not checking to see if triumph was manufactured by menu. when i didn’t see them on the first recall, and the subsequent recall, I just assumed they weren’t. Triumph supposedly makes Hi-Tor too, which is a diet for kidney-compromised cats! un-freaking-believable.

  34. Minnaloushe says:

    Oh, and one more thing, Vitamin C will help acidify the system and prevent crystals IF they are the ones caused from not enough acidity…

    There are two different kinds, I recall…


  35. Genny says:


    Oh, no, no, no. You certainly didn’t upset me. Gosh, I’ve been up since yesterday morning and had to scroll back to see what we had written.

    What I meant was that I wanted “real people’s” opinions that have had personal experiences vs vet’s that have a vested interest in selling SD. He said kitty needed to be on a scripted food or crystals would come back. That changing to several other brands probably caused the crystals. I hadn’t heard that one. I started them on Kumpicat last week and asked him if he’d look at the analysis to see if he thought it would be ok for his condition but he wasn’t interested. He’s been my vet for over 10 years and he’s always been very good and helpful but it was sort of weird. Thought I would get better info here or at least unbiased.

    I’ve read so much that I’m more confused than ever and was hoping for the Cliff Notes version from any of you guys with some type of tried and true helpful info. I appreciate everyone’s input and advise. I’ve learned alot here and, again, thanks so much.

  36. FelineFoundationOfUtah says:


    I hope your cat is feeling better.

    I had 11 cats suddenly unable to pee, for one it was life threatening (he was only able to pee a drop of blood every 2 min). He’s recovering and expected to be fine, but the vet said he’d need to be on a special diet (SD c/d) forever to prevent crystals from forming again. The treatment was IVs at 1am and a shot of antibiotic. Everyone is recovering nicely, but my nerves still haven’t settled down. I don’t trust anything from any of the companies and it seems every label has something in it that I don’t trust.

    I learned cat’s systems are very sensitive to food switches and the best way is to gradually introduce them to the new food. My foster cats love wet food, but it scares me to give it to them…instead, I soak their dry food until it’s mush and stir it up, they love it just as well, and maybe I’m lowering their risk of becoming ill. I hope this helps. Good luck!

  37. Anonymous says:

    For Robin and others wanting treat/bait recipes:

    There is “Home-Made Rollover” recipe similar to Natural Balance and other ‘roll’ treats.

    Check out “Tuna Training Treats” and “Beef Heart Treats” which would make a good bait as well.

    Also, the home page has links about the recalls and further down links to making diets for dogs with various health issues.

  38. E says:

    I suggest those of you whose pets have gotten sick after eating Wellness to phone and also follow up that with an email to Wellness. I hope that would push them to do some testing of their own….

  39. Laura says:

    How about First Mate Pet Foods…all grain free…made in Canada in their own plant…they only carry dry foods, but they have always been very popular in my store, especially the Potato and Chicken…
    any news?

  40. Erwin says:

    Earlier today I was worried about the two European varieties and whether Avoderm Puppy is o.k. for our puppy. Thanks Renee for the searching: They are Despar and Stuzzy and both are Italian according to the basic Googling he did.

    Regarding my worries about Avoderm Puppy: within 24 hours I got a very satisfying and detailed answer from Breeders-Choice, stating they don’t use wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate in any of the
    AvoDerm Natural foods - dry or canned. The ingredients in the food are
    grown in the United States and they work directly with the suppliers. They
    do not use brokers and do not import wheat, rice or corn.

    Bravo for this quick response, and all the extra details about quality control, therefor I would recommend their food as a safe choice, especially in these times!

  41. Genny says:


    Thanks for the tip about Holisticat. I’ll check it when I can compose something concise and sensible. I remember that being suggested earlier from several people.


    Looks like we always learn the hard way but it usually doesn’t affect anyone else, eh? I guess the switch from crap to premium is too much of a good thing. He is doing much better but has found a new spot to sprawl….about 7 feet from his litter box. Don’t know if he wants to be close or just liking it there.

    My nerves were shot, too, especially when I had to take him back Monday, the same day I brought him home, and yesterday. But 11 cats!! You should’ve asked the vet if he could slip you something on the side. Ha. You’re a saint to take care of all those babies. I hope you and your little fellow recovers and never has to go through that again. I watched my vet do the cath Sat. night, through my tears, but it was really very interesting. Good luck to you and yours.

  42. Barb says:

    A friend of mine is feeding her two pups Science Diet puppy. Thoughts?? The first 6 ingredients will make you sick just reading them. By products and all that crap….I told her it was not a good food. BUT…her wonderful vet highly recommended it. I told her I would not be feedind her pups Science Diet..she said it was not on the recalled list. I need advice for her…any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  43. goy boy says:

    Why don’t we just force the management at MENU FOODS taste test the dog and cat foods themselves(it won’t kill them, oh wait yes it will) maybe this problem would have been solved already.

  44. Sarah says:

    Ok.. This stuff, just makes me worried, angry,frustrated,etc. A whole mix of emotions.
    I’m honestly afraid to feed my dogs anything from the stores. I’ve cut back on their kibble,and started feeding homemade/raw meals. They haven’t really hestitated too much :P

    Of course though, it’s almost to the point I’m afraid to feed them any of that as well. Sigh

    Anyway, In searching for info on homemade stuff, I ran across this,and bought it. It has been FANTASTIC, and I would reccomend it to anyone. ALOT of wonderful information, recipes, alot of very helpful info.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all those that have lost their beloved pet. I lost my beagle on March 20th, and the pain is still there like it was yesterday. I think it’s time petowners fight back!!

  45. FelineFoundationOfUtah says:


    I’m glad to hear your kitty is feeling better! We needed some GOOD news!

    It was easy to know the Solid Gold was the cause because only the ones who ate it were affected. I took samples to my vet and he analyzed them when I walked in. (He does give me discounts, I’m thankful!) He said getting a clean urine sample from a cat is nearly impossible, but I found a way.

    Put litter inside a heavy-duty clear plastic bag and lay it flat. They go on the bag where it can be drawn into a syringe, then put into a vial. It can be refrigerated and stored up to 24 hours.

    I had to have all the cats isolated in their own room to know who did exactly what. It was heartbreaking watching them suffer and feeling helpless.

    I forgot to mention the doc also gave the extremely sick one the feline dose of Valium, to relax his muscles to help him go…and it worked, but it was sad to see him stagger around and fall over and over…like he had “mad cow”. Another late night call to the vet, who said it was a “normal” reaction to the drug, but not being prepared to see that was a shocker.

    I’m learning a lot..but learning the hard way. I’m getting very educated, thanks to Itchmo and all of you.

  46. robin says:

    Right after this mess hit in March, I e-mailed Wellness as I was feeding Wellness dry to my dobe and two cats, and asked two very simple questions; who owned the plant and where was the plant located that made the wellness dry. The first e-mail back from them was totally evasive rumble jumble, I wrote back and asked them to either fully answer my question or I was not going to use their product. The second e-mail came from Wellness telling me the dry was made in Oklahoma, by who I wasn’t told. So I tossed about 30 IBS of Wellness in the trash and went to Canidae for the dog and Felidae for the cats. Any company who wants my business will fully answer all my questions. I’ll never buy a Wellness product again. In Decenber I had tried the canned Wellness on my young dobe and he would not touch it and he is usually a very good eater. Loves the Evangers canned. He may have known something. Wellness needs to rethink their attitude as trust is pretty low in all these companies.

  47. Danielle says:

    I had the same experience as you. I was told Oklahoma. My husband was told that Wellness had their own plant in PA with a lab nearby and they tested each batch daily. Who was told the truth?

    I’m feeding Canidae & Evangers too and my dogs love it as well. The skinny one finally put on some weight and their coats look fantastic. I feel as comfortable as someone who reads these boards every day can feel with these foods. But I feel I’ve done the research and the best I can to reduce the likelihood of a problem. If only friends and family would listen to me instead of their vets pushing Purina. I’ve also ordered some Honest Kitchen samples but haven’t tried them yet as I don’t want to keep mixing up their food. (Plus I had to special order 2 cases of the Evangers until my store starts stocking it!)

  48. Danielle says:

    Does anyone know whether “soy protein isolate” is dangerous? I just checked the ingredients of Drs. Foster & Smith Lifestage Select Senior Dog Formula Multivitamins and it contains this ingredient and Fish Oil Concentrate (could be imported?). I logged on to their live help to ask if this was safe and if they imported any ingredients from China. The customer service rep said soy protein has not been recalled. I said I knew that, but didn’t FDA block the importation of soy and soy protein from China? She said she couldn’t answer my questions and would have technical staff e-mail me. In the meantime, I just wanted to throw this out there and see if anyone has run across this ingredient before.

  49. Lorie says:

    I have heard from a vet in my area she has seen severl cats and kittens coming in with problems from Wellness dry. Excisive vomiting etc…it seems to be causing GI problems.

    Ithnk I read on another blog their dry is made by CJ foods the same place the Blue Buffalo dry kitten was made that has been recalled sound funny to me. Follows the pattern.

  50. robert says:

    Avoderm pet food, the can for cats is made in China, says so on the cans. the dog food is made by Menu. Breeder’s Choice is an association of American Feed. Dry is U S A made. I feed the dry buy not the wet.

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