Menu Foods Pet Food Continues To Go Back Onto Store Shelves

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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.”

Source: WHEC

8 Responses to “Menu Foods Pet Food Continues To Go Back Onto Store Shelves”

  1. Donna B says:

    “Menu Foods said they have made every effort to replace all Chinese ingredients sources with domestic sources (US and Canada) as a first choice.”

    As a FIRST CHOICE!!!! After this debacle, it should be the ONLY choice. Obviously, Menu Foods learned nothing from this fiasco. They should be shut down. And shame on Wegmans.

  2. Louie W. says:

    Here’s a little Menu humor, “If Menu Foods Were To Tell The Truth”:

  3. 5CatMom says:

    Here’s the U.S. House Sub Committee on Oversight and Investigations, and it’s not one bit funny:;search=

  4. Pukanuba says:

    I wouldn’t give Menu credit for very much, trust me, but at least they made an honest statement about the vitamins & where they have to get them. Maybe, just maybe, because they are on the edge of losing the whole enchilada, they are actually going to make some decent canned food for a change. Not that I feel confident buying it……just saying……..

  5. Pukanuba says:

    I posted this earlier & it went off into internet heaven. What is going on? If this winds up being a duplicate, oops!

    Menu has finally made an honest statement about where they get their vitamins from……more than I can say for some of the other companies who are still not telling the truth about their vitamins. Maybe now that they are on the edge of losing the whole enchilada, they decided to clean up their act & make something decent. Not that I would trust them any time soon, just saying……

    Is it possible things could possibly change for the better?????????

    Sorry all…..when this posted, so did the first one. Duh!

  6. Carol says:

    How would the consumer know when the second choice had to be used??

    It was not this food that sickened my cats but I don’t understand how anyone that had used this, even if their animals did not get ill, could buy this food again. When my older cat was in the “recovery” stage when we gave her anything to get her to eat, after I put the dish down –she would look at it, smell it and then stare up at me as if she knew! I will never get this image out of my head! I am not able to get past this and all the “quality assurance or OK’s” can not bring me to ever trust the recalled foods! Knowing what my cats went through is enough of a reminder without seeing the actual product on my shelf.

  7. nora says:

    If they were still not making garbage to feed your pets, they would not need any supplements from China to add to the food, so you have been forwarned. To all those poor pets out there…I feel so sorry for you who’s owners just don’t get it.

  8. Concha Castaneda says:

    Even if Menu was now selling a perfect product: they don’t deserve our business because of how they are treating those of you who have already lost your pets! Even if China stopped using poisons in their products, they don’t deserve our business as long as they are using child labor and other heinous practices to make the crap. Walmart doesn’t deserve our business because they don’t even bother to do an official recall or contact the media to stop those who have already purchased their poisons. If trader Joes continues to try to deceive us by removing made in china labels, then I will stop buying from them. Trust has to be earned! Trust has been lost.

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