Two weeks ago, Sherri McComber, an Alabama woman, claimed her four cats got sick from eating Special Kitty Cat Food bought from Wal-Mart.
The Special Kitty pouches that she bought had a new UPC sticker over the old UPC code that was on the original pet food recall list.
Wal-Mart stated that the food in the pouches was safe and unrelated to the original recalled food. They said Menu Foods did not want to destroy the brand new and unused packaging, so they used the pouches and put new UPC stickers over the old UPC codes to show that they were safe.
Now, Melissa Martin, a Kentucky woman, said her cat is also sick from eating these Special Kitty cat food pouches that have the new UPC sticker over the old recalled UPC code.
Martin’s youngest cat is Peety. His favorite food is Special Kitty’s Duck and Wild Rice. But Peety suddenly became sick and Martin became worried over her kitten’s health.
“He started drinking a lot of water and he quit eating his favorite food: the [Special Kitty] duck,” Martin said.
She wanted to find out what was going on and found the empty pouch of Special Kitty food from the garbage. She saw a new UPC code sticker glued over the old recalled UPC code.
Martin was furious and contacted her local news station. Wal-Mart issued this statement to the news team:
“All the Special Kitty cat food on sale at Wal-Mart is unrelated to the original cat food recall. 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 UPC’s and QU OK on the packaging to show that the product inside was from new, safe batches.”
But Martin doesn’t believe their statement.
“Before they put it back on the shelf, [they should] check their stuff and watch more carefully before they do it again. Quit being greedy. They just want the money. They don’t care about the animals,” she stated.
Wal-Mart also said that effective August 28, Menu Foods will only ship merchandise that has the new UPC code printed on the package to avoid confusion.
The news team also tried contacting Menu Foods, but a spokesperson said they were prohibited from speaking to the media due to a gag order.