We saw this press release from Menu Foods yesterday, but we weren’t sure how to react to the news. Menu Foods is asking retailers to pull the entire brand of affected foods, not just the ones that match the UPC code. Many of you are wondering if this means there is more tainted food than originally thought.
Many news outlets have labeled this an expansion of the recall (AP has since retracted the story) and technically, it would increase the amount of recalled cans and pouches. However, having worked on a PDF of the entire recall list which ended up being 77 pages, the task of pulling the correct stock from store shelves was virtually impossible and many stores have either pulled entire brands or not done the job correctly.
Parents are wise to stay away from any items made by Menu Foods. Even yours truly spent hours at local pet food stores trying to figure out what should be on shelves and what shouldn’t be — and we are quite familiar with the recall, to put it lightly.
According to Menu Foods, this is a change in how to carry out the recall, not a change in the recalled food list. Many readers believe otherwise and there is plenty of reasons to believe so, considering the evasiveness of Menu Foods (having taken down most of their Web site and all). We also wonder the same.
Bottom line, this should have been done from Day Zero. Once again, it seems too little, too late. It’s just not good enough. Period.
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