Pet Food Recall – Menu Foods Products Causing Kidney Failure in Cats and Dogs


A word of warning to those of you who are buying pet food for your dogs and cats, there is a major recall of pet food by Menu Foods that makes much of the generic pet food found in supermarkets. Iams Dog and Cat food is also affected. 

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site, The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information — (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708 — but callers kept the lines busy for much of Saturday.
Menu Foods’ chief executive and president Paul Henderson told the Associated Press on Friday that the company was still trying to figure out what happened.
He said that the company had received an undisclosed number of owner complaints that dogs and cats were vomiting and suffering kidney failure after eating its products. He estimated that the recall would cost the company, which is mostly owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, an estimated $26 million to $34 million. via Yahoo! News

A full list of the affected brands are available by clicking read more.

Recalled Dog Product Information
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708
1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
2. Authority
3. Award
4. Best Choice
5. Big Bet
6. Big Red
7. Bloom
8. Bruiser
9. Cadillac
10. Companion
11. Demoulas Market Basket
12. Eukanuba
13. Food Lion
14. Giant Companion
15. Great Choice
16. Hannaford
17. Hill Country Fare
18. Hy-Vee
19. Iams
20. Key Food
21. Laura Lynn
22. Loving Meals
23. Meijers Main Choice
24. Mixables
25. Nutriplan
26. Nutro Max
27. Nutro Natural Choice
28. Nutro
29. Ol’Roy Canada
30. Ol’Roy US
31. Paws
32. Pet Essentials
33. Pet Pride – Good n Meaty
34. Presidents Choice
35. Price Chopper
36. Priority
37. Publix
38. Roche Bros
39. Save-A-Lot
40. Schnucks
41. Shep Dog
42. Springsfield Prize
43. Sprout
44. Stater Bros
45. Total Pet, My True Friend
46. Western Family
47. White Rose
48. Winn Dixie
49. Your Pet

Recalled Cat Product Information
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708
1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
2. Authority
3. Best Choice
4. Companion
5. Compliments
6. Demoulas Market Basket
7. Eukanuba
8. Fine Feline Cat
9. Food Lion
10. Foodtown
11. Giant Companion
12. Hannaford
13. Hill Country Fare
14. Hy-Vee
15. Iams
16. Key Food
17. Laura Lynn
18. Li’l Red
19. Loving Meals
20. Meijer’s Main Choice
21. Nutriplan
22. Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
23. Nutro Natural Choice
24. Paws
25. Pet Pride
26. Presidents Choice
27. Price Chopper
28. Priority
29. Save-A-Lot
30. Schnucks
31. Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans
32. Sophistacat
33. Special Kitty Canada
34. Special Kitty US
35. Springfield Prize
36. Sprout
37. Total Pet, My True Friend
38. Wegmans
39. Western Family
40. White Rose
41. Winn Dixie

Posted March 18, 2007 by
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    50 Responses to “Pet Food Recall – Menu Foods Products Causing Kidney Failure in Cats and Dogs”

    1. NOT AS STUPID AS YOU THINK on March 18th, 2007 12:43 pm

      Thank you for this list — and my two sweet cats — Sheba and Monique, thank you also!!!! (Thank goodness their “favorites” weren’t on the list.

    2. renee1982 on March 18th, 2007 2:51 pm

      I was so scared when i found out and was relieved when our food was not on the list.. But i do have a question is there anyway i can find out who manufactures the Purina food i have looked on the site and didnt see any info..


      SM:   Have you looked at the Purina site?   It does mention which of their foods are volutarily being recalled:   (klaasend)

    3. justinsmama on March 18th, 2007 3:12 pm

      No news on what it is about the products that sickens animals? There are some very trusted products on that list. This a terrible thing for those animals who were sickened and/or died, their owners, the companies and their employees that will suffer.

    4. geoff&tena on March 18th, 2007 4:23 pm

      We did have catfood (Special Kitty) from the recall and we believe it killed our cat, Scruffy, last weekend. He quit eating and drinking on Thursday and by Sunday we were forced to euthanize him after acute renal failure.
      We did not know at the time what had caused him to get sick, but after reading about the recall we checked the food we had left and it all was part of the recall.
      Does anyone know if we have legal recourse related to this?

    5. Mike B. on March 18th, 2007 6:16 pm

      My female cat “Daisy” was a strong and healthy cat of 11 years old who loved Special Kitty’s Gourmet Cat Food with Turkey & Giblets in Gravy. On average, we fed her two packs a day as a treat to her usualy diet of dry cat food. It was until about two months ago, she started vomiting and it wasn’t just hairballs. Several times she threw up a foamy white substane that looked like stomach acid or something that was clear and without food bits. We thought that it was her dry food that was causing this and switched brands. Nothing had changed and her vomiting persisted every day, sometimes it was foamy and sometimes it was with her giblets. This past week we took her to the vets and through a blood test we found that some of her levels such as creatinine and what BUN were far off the scale for normal levels. A “good range” for BUN is between 16 – 36 in which her’s was a whopping 130. As for creatinine, a “good range” is 0.8 – 2.4 and her was an astronomical 13.6. The vet tested her levels on 3/14 and 3/17 and nothing has changed after 3 IV’s. He told me that my little one has only about 1-2 weeks to live and that her kidneys are in total failure. I was crushed. I know that pets have to go sometime but she was healthy up to this poisoning caused by the toxic wheat gluten found in her favorite food. I am so frustrated now because she was a member of my family and loved us as much as we loved her. Now, my cats sleeps on my bed, as I write this, with little or no reaction to anything. She is practically a vegetable. I tried to make her happy by putting a little bit of catnip in from of her and she turned her head it ignore it. Has any cat ever done that before? She used to go nuts over it. I don’t want to put her down because there is that little bit of optimism in me that says hang in there, but I keep reminding myself that the vet said that she has ulcers in her mouth as a result of her blood’s high content of urea. Without a functioning kidney, that won’t go away unless we give her a transplant or put her on dialysis. I don’t have $18,000 to pay for the operation and I doubt that Menu Foods would spring for it although they most likely killed my cat. I sure hope to discover that Menu Foods is forced to shell out to the deceased pet’s owners or is sued and forced to appropriate moneys to animal shelters across the US. I am hanging on to my baby in hopes of a miracle, but I know that soon her time will come.

    6. Gloria Rose on March 18th, 2007 6:44 pm

      We had to euthanize our 8 year old cat a week ago. She had been eating the IAMS 3 oz. canned food for about 3 months. We still have 16 cans, and they are the code that Proctor and Gamble has published. I am so sorry I took her off the dry food. The vet was baffled because she was much younger than cats usually are when they have kidney failure, and she was an indoor cat. I don’t know about legal recourse, but I would certainly recommend that if your animal has been eating the food, you take them to the vet for blood tests even if they are not showing symptoms. For our cat, by the time she had symptoms, her kidney function was 75% gone. It was too late.

    7. ron on March 18th, 2007 7:09 pm

      After nearly 7 days of not eating, and two days of medication, we had to put our 10 yr. old cat to sleep.
      She simply quit eating and had severe renal failure.
      The cat food she was eating was on the described list.
      It was the first time she had ever been sick.
      Ron B.
      Concord, n.c.

    8. Elaine on March 18th, 2007 7:34 pm

      I am so sorry for those of you who have pets sick or dying due to this! I have two dogs and have had cats, thank God, my dogs food is not on the list. These animals are being poisoned. What a travesty, the company needs to be held responsible!

    9. forest on March 18th, 2007 8:07 pm

      OMG! I just read through this and my sweet five year old cat has been eating Iams pouches that are part of the recall. I noticed a few weeks ago that his appetite was diminished, he wasn’t eating this food like he usually did and sometimes when i mixed these pouches with other food he would pick the tainted food out and not eat it.

      Now he is not eating much and drinking more water. These bastards have likely caused this.

    10. bernard on March 18th, 2007 8:11 pm

      My dog who eats Eukanuba low residue adult . Seems to have all the symtoms, but his food is not on the list Should i be scared, or is it just a freak occurrence.

    11. Allan K on March 18th, 2007 8:22 pm

      Just can’t tell what loss will be next in life. The Purina CEO and officers make ridiculous salaries to insure this doesn’t happen. Don’t know if they will step up to the plate and assume their liability like men. Their greed will probally be in the way as it sounds below.

      While Purina has no indication of any product quality or safety issues specifically related to our Mighty Dog pouch products, Purina is taking this proactive action out of an abundance of caution in response to the Menu Foods recall.

    12. Kevin on March 18th, 2007 8:26 pm

      I lost a 5yr old male akita on Feb 20. My wife had begun giving him Nutro canned food about 3-4 weeks prior. After two days of obviously declining gealth we took him to the emergency-room vet. She told us he was in shock and renal failure.

      We decided to try to save him (i.e. further treatment to stabilize him and tests to determine the problem), but an MRI turned up tumors on his liver. We euthenized him, and I’m still devastated by it. Now I wonder if the liver issue wasn’t merely brought to light by the poisoning from the dog food. How much longer might he have lived?

      I’m just getting madder by the second. I loved that dog like a child.

    13. Bodo on March 18th, 2007 8:29 pm

      #3 by justinsmama

      Here is a clue to the cause:

      “Sarah Tuite, a company spokeswoman, has said the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, which has since been dropped for another source. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.”

      Wheat gluten, also known as gluten meat, is used as a cheap meat substitute. I suspect the wheat grain that was used to make the gluten was poorly stored and probably contaminated with toxic mold.

      I won’t settle for anything less than the best pet food products (Flint River Ranch for my girls) and there are not very many pet food products I trust, not even most of those so-called “premium” pet foods. Here are a few I do trust:

      Flint River Ranch Pet Food

      Wellness Pet Food

      Pet Promise

    14. whytegirl on March 18th, 2007 10:22 pm

      I just came back from my in-laws and she told me her kitty, which is pure Persian, almost died from this crap. The vet worked really hard on her, she was in very bad shape, almost dead they said.

      Now I have to check the new bag of cat food I got here b/c I dunno if it is part of the recall BEFORE I open it and feed the cats.

      Thanks Monkeys!

    15. amazontaylor on March 18th, 2007 10:32 pm

      Toxic mold affects liver, not kidney. There are more cats affected than dogs, suggesting a toxin cats are more susceptible to – probably not toxic mold. Kidney samples from across the country are being submitted for testing. Companies like Iams are doing LOTS of independent research on the problem – dropping everything else for the time being. You can be assured Old Roy and Special Kitty aren’t. Purina makes a TON of products and only certain Mighty Dog pouches were made by this plant – nothing else. If your pet is eating a recalled food, or if your pet is acting ill, take it in for bloodwork at your vet and save the food and packaging both – even if it’s not recalled, just in case. This is a tragic situation. And unfortunately, no manufactured food will ever be 100% safe.

    16. Donnar2015 on March 19th, 2007 1:34 am

      I lost my cat Beiger who was 11 and my mother lost her cat Sox who was 12 last year. They both ate dry food and canned food. The canned food they ate was not on the list. Beiger passed away on August 26, 2006 at the vets of kidney failure and Sox was put to sleep on September 7, 2006 due to kidney failure. Makes one wonder huh. They both had same symptoms: excessive drinking and urinating lots and then all of a sudden no eating, no drinking and loss of weight and shock. They both were very sick cats and they were our babies. They had the best of care and both were indoor cats and spoiled rotten. No more canned catfood for our other cats. I just hope they get to the bottom of what caused this and If your pet is having any of these symptoms get them to the vet doc for blood work right away.

    17. Bodo on March 19th, 2007 9:55 am

      #15 by amazontaylor

      Stored grains can become contaminated with any of a variety of toxic mold species and you are wrong if you think “toxic mold affects liver not kidneys.” One particular species that can be found in poorly stored contaminated wheat is ochratoxin-A, which is carcinogenic to humans and causes acute renal failure in small animals. Pet foods containing wheat gluten is especially susceptible to ochratoxin poisoning because it survives the gluten making washing process and the ochratoxin concentrates in the gluten. And no malicious slandering toward our Canadian neighbor is intended, but I think it is remarkable that the Menu Foods manufacturer of these pet foods is based in Canada and it was a huge shipment of imported wheat from Canada that was seized by authorities in Italy last year when tests showed that it was contaminated with high concentrates of ochratoxin.

    18. Rico Risotto on March 19th, 2007 1:23 pm

      What did they know and when did they know it

      While trying to find specific info today on the internet, relating to this recent news item about pet food recalls from “Menu Foods Inc.”, my searches showed an interesting coincidence of a similar recent Jan/Feb. 2007 recall in Britain and other countries , at least partly relating to Woolworths finding that some of their pet food was contaminated by ethelene Glycol {Antifreeze), a fatal poison to cats and dogs . This apparently was caused because of a contaminated ingredient from a second or third party supplier. This sounds very much like the current problem reported in the U.S.
      It would be interesting to see some investigative reporting about this issue. It appears quite widespread, including links to South Africa.

      My friend has a cat , who off and on drinks large amounts of water, urinates more frequently than usual, and has been vomiting, a sign apparently of Antifreeze poisoning. That cat has been fed Presidents Choice pouch type, wet food,(here in Canada) some products of which are now on the Menu Foods recall list.
      It is also important to note, I think, that when one accesses the Menu foods website, the notice about this recall sounds more like a reassurance to it’s shareholders than any genuine concern about the animals. I note also, that this company’s website appears primarily oriented around being a financial investment “income fund” .
      The big picture question would appear to be, what kind of trash are these pet food companies putting in this “gourmet” pet food, and from where are they sourcing the ingredients.


    19. Sarra on March 19th, 2007 4:21 pm

      Pet Connection is collecting and compiling data and information on the pets who were hurt by the recalled foods. It only takes a minute to add your info, and it might help determine just how many were affected. Pet Connection is not affiliated with the pet food manufacturers and is trying to independently conduct this investigation.

      I’ve no affiliation either, I’m a vet tech and I’m just trying to get the word out. My heartfelt condolences to everyone who has had a pet hurt or killed by this event.

    20. Steve on March 19th, 2007 4:52 pm

      I find it dissappointing that others on this blog are recommending their so called wellness type brands, when many of these brands are more marketing hype and do not produce their foods themselves, but have others do it…they were just lucky they didn’t have Menu produce for them. Buying ANY pet food is like buying sausage/hotdogs–you have to learn who to trust for quality and truthfulness.Blogosphere during an emotionally charged time is not it.

      This is terrible what happened, and let’s keep to that, rather than using blogs and subtle marketing tools at inappropriate times.

    21. Doug on March 19th, 2007 5:08 pm

      My story reads like most, very healthy 2 year old cat, who’s favorite wet food was the beef in gravy cuts. After noticing a fast decline in health, rushed her to the vet where she is still suffering from kiindey failure. I then heard the recall notice on the radio last Friday on my way to the vet to get her, they at that time hadn’t heard the recall yet. Needless to say, I’m very dissapointed with the mfg, who seems to be closing any contact with the consumer and yes, they sound like they’re getting ready to protect the bottom line instead of working with the afflicted pet owner’s. I’m not sure that I’m asking them to cover my $1,000 vet bill; but I’m not sure that I would’nt be interested in a class action suit against them if they persist in ingnoring the real issue, which I believe is the purchsing of their product with the safe assurance that I’m not killing my cat.

    22. Debbie on March 19th, 2007 5:24 pm

      I too lost my cat the 8th of March. I am disgusted at this company! My dog has also eaten the mighty dog pouches. I cook his meals now, no more of the can food ever! What legal recourse is there against this company? Was the raw gluten product from the “new” supplier not tested? Is there a requirement for this to be done? Menu wont even answer their phones. The people that do answer at the 800 number are outsourced to take the calls.
      My dog has been drinking frequently and will be tested tommorow. I have blood work from early Dec showing my cat was perfectly healthy. I hope something is done about this. I called the FDA number and also filed a complaint
      I suggest everyone call

    23. Sheryl Russell on March 19th, 2007 5:55 pm

      I have a 10 year old cat, that almost died last week, thank god she pulled out of it. She was eatting Special Kitty food. She will not eat this any more. After my other three cats got real sick, I lost them, 3 of them, they were not even a year old yet. These other three cats ate Hills adult cat. Will I will be more carefull and I will be asking questions. Now do I still feed my other cats Hills still or what? If more than 40 foods or on the list what do you feed them? I also feed my dogs, Hills, so what do I feed them?
      How long will this last? Is it safe to feed the dogs their food now?

    24. on March 19th, 2007 8:29 pm

      I can only hurt for those of you that have lost pets and be thankful that because one of my kitties has had bladder problems in the past due to potassium in many pet food, they all three have to eat Health Choice.

      One of the cats (Cowkitty, the star of originally fed Iams by the breeder and we had a heck of a time converting him.

      Had this poisoning happened to one of my cats, I’d be filled with extreme anger. Unfortunately, laws across the USA say that pets are “chattel” and therefore you cannot sue for their loss (pain and suffering), but only for their value (if they were pedigreed) and possibly for their vet bills. I’m not a lawyer, but something like this would be worth checking into. Though it can never bring back your beloved friend, it can ensure that pet food owners don’t just become bean counters when deciding how carefully they check the safety of their pet food. Sounds like a class action suit though where all the lawyers get the money.

    25. on March 19th, 2007 8:31 pm

      Sorry – didn’t mean “pet food owners” but rather should read “pet food makers”

    26. Bodo on March 19th, 2007 8:44 pm

      The FDA is asking those with sick or dead pets to call FDA state complaint coordinators. A list of contacts for such coordinators is available at:

    27. boos mom on March 19th, 2007 8:47 pm

      This is for Sheryl…so sorry to hear about your losses! This is a truly tragic circumstance that, in my opinion, will never be completely preventable as long as we as consumers don’t take more notice of what goes into our pets’ food–and our own. Learn to read the labels carefully on anything you are going to put in your mouth or that of your loved ones and pets. Look for reputable companies that sell their foods with no by-products or carcinogenic additives like BHA & BHT, fewer fillers like corn & wheat & white rice, and no salt or sugar. There are many fine lines of holistic pet food that offer products with much safer ingredients and better track records. Truth is, though, that as long as we allow the huge food conglomerates and giant stores to take over complete control of our food sources, this type of situation is likely to become more frequent…

    28. Donnar2015 on March 19th, 2007 9:06 pm

      I want to add this to my earlier posting no.16. Both cats were also vomiting as described by poster no.5. along with the excessive drinking and urinating.

    29. Greg on March 19th, 2007 9:49 pm

      The list keeps growing. We had our 10 month old previously healthy cat put down March 8 due to blood tests indicating kidney failure. We fed our cat Nutro pouches after asking for a recommendation from Petco our local pet supply store. I am very angry at Menu Foods, it seems we have poisoned our beloved pet.

    30. Martha on March 19th, 2007 11:39 pm

      I feel like we poisoned our 6 month old kitten too.We fed her the IAMS pouches. I took her to the vet 2/15 because she had stopped eating and looked dehydrated and looked like she was going to die. Her test values were extremely high and had kidney failure and was expected to die.
      We have been given her IV fluids for 4 weeks now and she looks better, but the damage may be too much and the vet says it is just a matter of time.I hope someone figures out how to reverse it before it’s too late.

    31. Elderta on March 20th, 2007 8:59 am
      The above site is a nice repository of information.

    32. Whitney on March 20th, 2007 2:09 pm

      i have a 3 year old chuhuahua who i was feeding Purina Moist & Meaty, which is NOT on the recall list. Last week she was vomiting and not eating, i took her to the vet to find that her kidneys were 75% not functioning and she was near kidney failure… after 5 days of hospitalization, $1,300 in vet bills, and no explanation of what caused this, she seems to be doing fine. I have tried contacting Purina, as well as Menu Foods, and have had absolutely no luck. What are the chances of this being a coincedence? The vet said it is very rare for such a young dog to have kidney issues. i would reccomend not using Purina Moist & Meaty pouches, as well as ANY soft or canned food untill this issure is completly resolved. From all the brands on that list, its very obvious everyones dog food is comming from the same place.

    33. Shawn on March 20th, 2007 11:37 pm

      My sympathies to all that have lost a pet. Menu Foods is a huge company. From what I have learned today they are producing virtually all of the cuts and gravy foods and most of the canned foods that we purchase in this country. This includes Iams, Eukanuba, Hills and yes Wellness to name just the tip of the iceberg. Before this I had no idea that my pet’s food (Wellness) was manufactured by someone other than Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard. As near as I can tell I am just lucky that Wellness has escaped the recall, at least so far. The fact that our pet food production is so concentrated ought to be a huge red flag for all of us. How is production separated? How is the equipment cleaned to prevent cross contamination into other products? Why haven’t they given us the results of the testing that has been done? They knew this was a problem about a month ago. How do we get the FDA and the companies that contract with Menu to require some strict oversight of the production of our pets food: from the selection of suppliers to the actual manufacturing of the food. Actually it seems incredibly stupid for our pet food production to be concentrated like this. Just an accident waiting to happen. And who is producing the dry food? Is that production as concentrated??

    34. kaleb on March 21st, 2007 3:19 pm

      PET FOOD RECALL -SAFE OPTION- NATURAL LIFE PET PRODUCTS…In response to the recent nationwide pet food recall from Menu Foods, Natural Life Nutritional Pet Products wishes to reassure our many loyal pet parents and those considering our products for the first time that all of our products, both dry and canned are safe to feed pet companions. Natural Life has a 20 year history of trust in our quality, ingredients and attention to each pet parent’s concerns. Natural Life Pet Products prides itself on making natural super premium pet foods. Our products may be purchased at over 5,000 fine retailers, supermarkets or supercentersnear you! Pet parents may visit our website,, contact Kaleb Terlip at or call 800.367.2391 for personal assistance. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to all pet parents affected by this recall.

    35. Evan on March 22nd, 2007 11:50 am

      I agree with Bodo’s comment. Molds produce toxins called mycotoxins if grain is stored poorly or for too long of time. If the wheat that was used to make the wheat gluten was contaminated with high levels of mold and toxins, the process of making the wheat gluten would have concentrated the toxin and possibly caused the problems we are seeing now in pet foods Mycotoxins cause a wide variety of problems in animals not just limited to the liver. As mentioned in previous posts, ochratoxin is a good possibility because the symptoms described are consistent with ochratoxin poisoning. My sympathies to pet owners affected by this recall, I have five cats and luckily had not been feeding the brands in the recall.

    36. Mac on March 22nd, 2007 4:08 pm

      Seems like one of two compounds – a mycotoxin like ochratoxin A or deoxynivalenol, or ethylene glycol. I can see an intentional contamination by a disgruntled employee in a wet food plant by putting a “sweet” undetectible and potent chemical in the food like ethylene glycol. Very toxic and causes rapid kidney failure. However, diagnosis is pretty easy if you look for oxalic acid crystals in the kidney. We would have known by now if that were the case, presumably.
      Otherwise something like ochratoxin (or DON) would go undetected in a wheat product bound for animal food or feed. Unfortunately, many in the commodities industry use the “dillution is the solution to pollution” philisophy when it comes to mycotoxins. Just blend the bad stuff with enough good stuff and hopefully nothing bad will happen…
      Just amateur toxicology here…sure sorry for those who lost a pet.

    37. Rose on March 23rd, 2007 1:09 pm

      I have always purchased what I have been led to believe was ‘higher quality’ cat food from pet stores and the vet like Science Diet, Nutro, Max and others. Now with this recall I see that the brands that I considered to be lower quality like those sold at Wal Mart, Safeway, and other retailers is the same thing. So why pay more for the same thing? I’m going to start making my own food.

    38. Shelley on March 28th, 2007 3:51 pm

      My heartfelt condolences to all who lost furbabies. I have 13 kitties, and all were fed Nutro gourmet pouches. I’m a nervous wreck! How do we find a list of all foods that Menu manufactures??? I asked Wellness (just switched), and all they told me is they are not part of the recall – however, I don’t want to feed the kids anything made by Menu. I’m starting to think I’ll have to make my own food for the kids . . .

    39. Ronald Owens on March 31st, 2007 12:17 am

      Please e-mail me if your pet died because of tainted food. My cat had to be put down because of this.

    40. Bee on April 1st, 2007 5:01 pm

      Ochratoxin A or “OTA” for short was the toxic mold that was in the wheat that was sold to Canada! It definately destroys the kidneys.
      It seems the guy had already sold “thousands of tons” of the poison wheat before he was caught!!! The only thing that appears to have been seized was the shipment that he was trying to “buy back”. Where did the other vast quantities go!? Here is the article link..

    41. Mac on April 2nd, 2007 5:29 pm

      See Story at

      Toxicologists suspect ochratoxin or ethylene glycol…

      “According to an Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine press release, laboratory results have included elevated BUN and creatinine levels. Fatalities have been reported. Autopsy and microscopic examination of tissues from affected animals indicate acute crystals, as well as other crystal formations. The effects are consistent with exposure to ethylene glycol and derivatives, mycotoxins, ochratoxin and citrinin, some heavy metals or vitamin D toxicity.”

    42. Jennifer Cribbs on July 24th, 2007 11:47 am

      The best food in my opinion is Felidae….. Usa made and a wonderful food..

      And not on the list…

      Do some research on it. I changed all my cats over to this a few months ago.

    43. Gene and Gerri Richards on September 1st, 2007 11:24 pm

      Our pet Rosie, a 3 year old Chihuahua was poisoned from Chinese made Bestro’s Jerky Chicken Strips #77849 00006 1 We have this contaminated bag. We have three Chihuahuas and one of them died one month ago. She started with vomiting and dehydration (she was drinking lots of water) and then we were told she may either have an obstruction or have been poisioned. Since our dogs are inside dogs and we are with them at all times outside we thought it was an obstruction. Finally the doctor at Elwood Animal Clinic in Glendora, California said he was almost positive it was some kind of poisoning. They were going to scope her but before that could happen she died July 21, at VCA in Fountain Valley, California.
      We gave our dogs Waggin train and Bestro’s Jerky Chicken Strips. Our Sweet Rosie (our chihuahua that passed) loved them and and she would eat all the treats we put down for the other dogs too. Up until today we never had any idea what happened but now with Wal Mart pulling this quietly from their shelves. (I brought my treats at Wal Mart, Glendora, California) I truly believe that is why she died. Rosie wants all dog owners to be aware of this and a Total Recall of this chinese junk pet treats so other puppies don’t slowly suffer is she did. How many other puppies must die before a total recall is called? We are totally heartbroken and will never forget Our Sweet Gypsy Rose! Since Wal Mart had this problem before, why didn’t they pull all that Chinese junk off the first time? Our Rosie will still be alive! Is Wal Mart concerned about people and their Pets or Money? You figured it out.
      Gene and Gerri Richards San Dimas, California
      Rosie’s website:

    44. Tara Belverud on September 4th, 2007 2:20 pm

      My 4month old little puppy Chloe was also affected by this recalled food. By some grace of god she managed to pull through this whole thing and is doing much better now. Vet said that her recovery probably had alot to do with quick and aggresive treatment as well as her young age being that she had a “growing” immune system. Luckily I found 1 last can of this food and am doing my best to settle my $7500.00 in vet bills. My Vet said that she was in renal failure (liver failure).

      Has anyone else’s dog/cats been diagnosed with liver failure? Most of the stuff I read about is Kidney failure..

      Am I alone in this w/ the Liver Failure???

    45. Tammy on September 4th, 2007 7:37 pm

      My grandmother lost her cat about 2 half months ago due to kidney failure. First she stopped eating and then she just got too sick. Now her other cat has done the same. They both ate some purina brand dry food, but its seems strange that they both have the same problem. Kidney failure. What do we do, is it the food!?

    46. Marvin Ward on September 29th, 2007 12:20 pm

      I have just gotten in on this after losing 3 of my Purebred Cats in the last 18 months and were fed Special Kitty all of their lives and it is on the list. If anyone knows of a Class Action Lawsuit or any type of recourse would you please e-mail me at ……Thanks

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    48. Arik on August 3rd, 2009 6:50 am

      The vet tested her levels on 3/14 and 3/17 and nothing has changed after 3 IV’s. He told me that my little one has only about 1-2 weeks to live and that her kidneys are in total failure. I was crushed. I know that pets have to go sometime but she was healthy up to this poisoning caused by the toxic wheat gluten found in her favorite food.

    49. Karen Johnson on May 9th, 2010 3:03 pm

      I have just lost my BELOVED cat “JASMINE” who was like my child. I have been feeding her IAM Adult Cat food (hard food). She has been suffering for 2 mths now (she was 11 1/2 years) and EVERYTHING to me, since I have no children. I am devastated. If you have anyone else with problems with IAM’s cat food (not the wet), please let me know at my e-mail address listed above. She stopped eating, urinated a lot, and lost use of her legs and just put her down yesterday. I AM ON HILLS diet with my other cat. Hopefully, I can save her.


    50. Karen Johnson on May 9th, 2010 3:08 pm

      Adding info to #49. I also fed her WHISKER LICKINS as a treat.

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