Nutro Products Orders Removal of All Wet Pet Food Products Made by Menu Foods With Wheat Gluten

    Nutro Dry Foods, Biscuits and Treats are NOT Manufactured by Menu Foods
    and are NOT Affected by Recall

    CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., April 10 /CNW/ -- Earlier today, Menu Foods
expanded its recall of wet pet food products to include additional wet pet
foods suspected of containing melamine from Chinese supplied wheat gluten.
    Given this new information and the confusion in the marketplace, Nutro
has ordered ALL Nutro wet pouched and canned foods made with wheat gluten be
removed from store shelves regardless of the date of production and asks pet
owners to stop feeding those products to their pets.  Nutro is taking this
action even though the Menu Foods press release indicates that only certain
dates of production at its plant were affected.
    "Pet owners are fed up with confusing information regarding the Menu
Foods recall," said Dave Kravis, President and CEO of Nutro Products. "I had
previously ordered a broader recall of affected products than what Menu Foods
had suggested. Given this new information from Menu Foods, I have ordered all
wet pet food products containing wheat gluten to be removed from store
shelves. Our dry pet food is not made by Menu and remains unaffected by the
    As a result of this new information, Nutro has suspended all shipments to
retail stores of Nutro's wet canned and pouch products that contain wheat
gluten until Nutro is able to confirm their safety.
    Nutro Products is asking all customers who have the following Nutro wet
pet food products (which are made by Menu Foods and contain wheat gluten)
regardless of "best by date," to immediately stop feeding the products to
their pets.

    (*)  All Cat Pouch Food Products
    (*)  Listed Cat 3.0 oz can products
    (*)  All Dog Pouch Food Products
    (*)  Listed Dog 12.5 oz Canned Products

    A detailed list of all recalled products may be found at
    Nutro's products are 100% guaranteed and all returned product will be
refunded.  Customers should return products affected by the recall to the
retail location where they purchased the product.
    The Menu Foods wet pet food recall does not include Nutro's dry pet food.
Nutro's dry pet foods are not produced by Menu Foods and do not contain wheat
gluten.  Nutro's dry pet foods, biscuits and treats -- over 90% of the pet
food Nutro sells -- are not involved in the recall and remain safe for pets to
eat.  Menu manufactures only wet, canned and pouch products for Nutro.
    Nutro customers may check Nutro's website ( or
contact Nutro's Consumer Hotline (800) 833-5330 for further information about
its products.  Nutro's website will be updated as more information becomes

    Media Contact:
    David A. Herbst - MWW Group
    (213) 486-6560 x314


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