Canadian Class Action Commenced By Pet Owners Against Menu Foods

    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - A national class action has been commenced
today on behalf of pet owners who have purchased certain types of dog and cat
food manufactured by Menu Foods.
    The claim seeks compensation for all those who have purchased dog or cat
food manufactured by Menu Foods between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007.
    The Notice of Action, issued today in the Ontario Superior Court of
Justice, alleges that certain Menu Foods failed to implement quality assurance
procedures and failed to adequately test the dog and cat food prior to
introducing it into the Canadian market.
    On March 17, 2007, Menu Foods issued a North American wide recall of 48
brands of dog food and 42 brands of cat food which they manufacture,
distribute, market and sell throughout Canada and the United States. This
recall was in response to reported deaths of cats and dogs in the United
States. Rochon Genova LLP has commenced an investigation to determine the
precise link between the food, kidney failure, other illnesses and death.
    A similar class action has been commenced in the Illinois District Court
on behalf of pet owners who purchased dog or cat food that was subject to the
March recall.
    "Not only does a chronically ill pet come with a financial impact, it can
be devastating to a family." said Joel P. Rochon co-lead counsel. "Pet Food
companies have an obligation to ensure there are quality control mechanisms in
place, particularly since this is a largely self regulating sector in Canada"
added David Himelfarb co-lead counsel.
    The proposed Canadian representative plaintiff, Amanda Whiting of
Toronto, Ontario, stated: "My veterinarian does not think that my cat will
live much longer than another day. If Menu Foods properly tested its food, my
cat would not be seriously ill."
    The allegations raised in the claim have not yet been proven in court.
The plaintiff and the prospective class members are represented by the law
firms of Rochon Genova LLP and Himelfarb Proszanski LLP.

For further information:

For further information: Rochon Genova LLP, 121 Richmond St. W, Suite
900, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2K1, Telephone: (416) 363-1867 or toll-free:
1-866-881-2292, Website address:; Himelfarb Proszanski
LLP, 250 Dundas St. W., Suite 401, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2Z5, Telephone: (416)
599-8080, Website address:

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