Wegmans, a grocery chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland, is restocking their store brand wet cat and dog food on their shelves.
And Menu Foods makes about 60% of Wegmans’ pet foods.
After the Menu Foods pet food recalls occurred in March, Wegmans sent a Quality Assurance Team to the Menu Foods plant in Pennsauken, New Jersey. The manufacturing plant was inspected, and the team left convinced that Menu Foods had excellent manufacturing and safety practices in a clean and secure facility. The two companies spoke about new requirements regarding testing and ingredients to increase food safety and agreed that all pet food products made for Wegmans would meet these new standards.
Menu Foods said they have made every effort to replace all Chinese ingredients sources with domestic sources (US and Canada) as a first choice.
Foreign sources are a second choice, but the company said they source out from countries with food quality and regulatory systems equal to those found in the US and Canada.
Since sourcing some vitamins and minerals is difficult because many are produced only in China, Menu Foods and Wegmans said they have required extensive ongoing testing on finished food and raw materials for melamine and other substances.
Mary Ellen Burris, Senior Vice President for Consumer Affairs for the Wegmans food safety division, said: “Our most important responsibility to customers is food safety. Living up to our responsibility is more complicated today than a generation ago, because foods now come from more places. We have to be systematic in reducing risk wherever we can. We do that by sharing with supplier partners what we know about best practices, by making our expectations and requirements clear, and by requiring testing — often by a third party — to verify safety.”
Burris added that Menu Foods has changed where their wheat gluten now comes from. It is sourced from wheat grown in Kansas and not China.
She stated: “Our look at Menu’s manufacturing and testing capabilities give us confidence that the pet foods returning to our shelves will be safe for our customers’ pets.”