All Purina Pet Foods available in Canada remain safe to feed - unaffected by voluntary recalls of products in U.S. market



    TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada confirms that
Purina(R) brand products available in Canada remain safe and can continue to
be fed with confidence. Neither Mighty Dog(R) pouch nor Alpo(R) Prime Cuts
products, voluntarily recalled in the United States market, are available in
Canada.
    Consumers can continue to feed all Canadian Purina wet and dry products,
including but not limited to the following brands:

    
         Pro Plan(R)             Friskies(R)
         Purina ONE(R)           Fancy Feast(R)
         Dog Chow(R)             Purina Veterinarian Diets(R)
         Cat Chow(R)             All Purina(R) Branded Treats
         Beneful(R)
         Alpo(R)
    

    In the United States, on March 30, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
announced the voluntary recall of all sizes and varieties of its ALPO(R) Prime
Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes. The Company has taken
this voluntary action after learning that wheat gluten containing melamine, a
substance not approved for use in food, was provided to Purina by the same
company that also supplied Menu Foods. The contamination occurred in a limited
production quantity at only one of Purina's 17 pet food manufacturing
facilities in the U.S. No melamine containing wheat gluten was used in the
production of any Canadian Purina pet foods.
    In the United States, Purina's 5.3-ounce Mighty Dog(R) pouch products,
manufactured by Menu Foods, were previously withdrawn from the market as a
precaution on March 16, as part of the Menu Foods recall. ONLY Mighty Dog
pouch products and specific date codes of ALPO(R) Prime Cuts canned dog food
are being recalled. Again, Purina confirms that neither Mighty Dog(R) pouch
products nor ALPO(R) Prime Cuts are available in Canada.
    Ensuring the safety and quality of their pet foods is Purina's highest
priority. While Purina has no indication of any product quality or safety
issues specifically related to the recalled and withdrawn product, Purina is
taking this proactive action out of an abundance of caution in response to the
Menu Foods recall and FDA Investigation.
    Consumers are invited to visit www.purina.ca or phone 1-800-268-5345 for
information related to Nestlé Purina pet food brands available in Canada. For
more information on the US voluntary recalls of ALPO(R) Prime Cuts, or Mighty
Dog(R) pouch products visit www.purina.com.




For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries, contact: Jenine LaFayette, PR
Communications Specialist, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Direct Line: (905) 287-3732


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