P&G Pet Care Announces Voluntary Participation in Menu Foods' Nationwide U.S. and Canadian Recall of Specific Canned and Small Foil Pouch 'Wet' Cat and Dog Foods



    DAYTON, Ohio, March 16, 2007 /CNW/ -- In response to the recent Menu
Foods, Inc. nationwide recall of wet pet foods, P&G Pet Care has announced a
voluntary recall in the United States and Canada on specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6
oz. and 13.2 oz. canned and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch "wet" cat and dog
food products manufactured by Menu Foods Inc. Emporia, Kansas plant with the
code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197.  This
voluntary recall is part of a larger product recall by Menu Foods Inc., a
contract manufacturer that makes a small portion of canned and foil pouch
'wet' cat foods for Iams and Eukanuba as well as other non-P&G brands. There
have been a small number of reported cases of cats from the US (none in
Canada) becoming sick and developing signs of kidney failure.  The signs of
kidney failure include loss of appetite, vomiting, and lethargy.  P&G Pet Care
has received no case reports involving dogs.
    
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    This voluntary product recall involves discontinuation of all retail
sales and product retrieval from consumers.  Consumers should stop using the
affected products immediately, and consult with a veterinarian if any symptoms
are present in their pet.  All Iams and Eukanuba products carry a 100 percent
guarantee, and consumers can receive a refund for recalled products. For more
information, consumers can contact the company at 1-800-882-1591 or visit
www.Iams.com and www.Eukanuba.com for details.
    To read can product codes, refer to the bottom of the can. The first four
numbers of the second line of numbers are the date code, and the following
four numbers indicate the plant code. For example, if the second line begins
with four numbers from 6339 to 7073 followed by the plant code 4197, then the
can should be recalled. For foil pouches, the code numbers are located at the
lower left hand corner on the back of the pouch. The date and plant codes
appear in the third group of numbers, beginning an 11-digit sequence. See
www.Iams.com and www.Eukanuba.com for illustrated details.
    P&G Pet Care is taking this proactive step out of an abundance of
caution, because the health and well-being of pets is paramount in the mission
of Iams and Eukanuba.  Tests of some affected product have not revealed the
cause of sickness, and testing will continue until a better understanding of
the facts has been achieved. All other canned and small foil wet pouch
products produced at other plants are not affected by this issue.  Iams and
Eukanuba "dry" products are not manufactured at Menu Foods and not affected by
this issue. Iams and Eukanuba biscuits, treats and sauces are not affected by
this issue.
    P&G Pet Care has informed the Food and Drug Administration and the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency on this issue.  The company regrets any
inconvenience to its consumers and retail customers.





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For further information: P&G Pet Care media contacts, Kurt Weingand, 
D.V.M., Ph.D. (U.S.), +1-937-264-7676, or Joyce Law (Canada), 416-730-5963 Web
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