Last week, we posted about Special Kitty cat food pouches found in Wal-Mart stores. The pouches had a new UPC sticker glued over an old UPC code that was on the recalled pet food list. One Alabama cat owner claimed that her four cats got sick from eating these pouches of Special Kitty food.
When Pat McClain, a cat owner, was shopping at a Wal-Mart in Charlotte, Michigan, she found packages of the Special Kitty food with the new UPC stickers glued over the recalled UPC codes.
McClain took off the new sticker of one of the packages, so the original UPC code would scan. When the cashier scanned that product, a “do not sell” notice came up. But when the package with the new UPC code was scanned, it went through fine.
She became suspicious of the packages and said the cashier and even the store supervisor could not explain the situation to her. She said the supervisor kept on saying that she was sorry that McClain was unhappy.
Without any answers from the store, McClain contacted a newspaper to get an explanation from Wal-Mart’s corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Here is the full written statement from Wal-Mart spokeswoman, Jami Arms:
“Wal-Mart understands the important role that pets play in our customers’ lives. We do not take pet food safety lightly. We recently worked with Menu Foods, the manufacturer of Special Kitty, to investigate concerns raised by a customer around the product’s labeling and reconfirmed that the products currently available in Wal-Mart stores are, indeed, safe. We would like to reassure our customers that:
â€¢ “All the Special Kitty cat food on sale at Wal-Mart is unrelated to the original cat food recall.
â€¢ “Our supplier didn’t want to destroy the brand-new and unused packaging in its warehouse. So, when it came time to restart production, it placed stickers with new UPCs … on the packaging to show that the product inside was from new, safe batches.
“It’s clear that the glue on the new stickers wasn’t good enough, so to make sure our customers aren’t confused, Menu Foods will only ship merchandise that has the new UPC printed on the packaging effective Aug. 28.” (emphasis ours)
Source: Lansing State Journal