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Special Edition: PET FOOD RECALL

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March, 2007

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Pet Food Recall

Many pet foods have recently been recalled and have caused many cases of illness and death. This is an emerging crisis and no one yet knows the full extent or implications of this situation.

Do not panic. Even if your pet has consumed a recalled food, there is no reason to panic; most victims have responded well to appropriate medical therapy. You do need to call AMC and arrange appropriate medical care if your pet has consumed a recalled food.

Most pets who have fallen ill due to ingesting the recalled foods have recovered well in response to appropriate medical treatment. So, even if your pet is affected, we have every reason to hope for a good recovery so long as aggressive medical intervention is begun promptly. Do not delay seeking medical treatment if your pet is showing any signs of illness.

Below is a summary of our current understanding, based on the best medical knowledge to date. Please visit our website for updated information.

Dozens of Brands of Food

Dozens of brands of dog and cat food have been recalled, including mostly generic and grocery/super store brands of foods but also including some well known national brands including Iams/Eukanuba and Nutro.

No diets that Animal Medical Center carries have been subject to this recall (at this time), so if you purchase your pet's prescription diet food from us, you do not have to worry about this recall. (We do not carry over-the-counter foods, only prescription diets.)

Thus far, no dry foods are subject to the recall, only canned or pouch formulas.

List of Recalled Foods (current as of 3/21/07 10:20 AM)

Please visit the Menu Foods website for a current listing of all recalled foods as well as more detailed information about lot numbers and flavors for each food. Below is the listing of recalled foods, taken from the Menu Foods website on 3/21/2007. It is possible additional foods may be added later, so please visit the Menu Foods website for current and complete listings.

If you find your pet’s food listed, please go to the Menu Foods website for details. Also please contact AMC to arrange appropriate medical care, even if your pet is not yet showing symptoms of illness.

Cat Foods

Americas Choice, Preferred Pets

Authority

Best Choice

Companion

Compliments

Demoulas Market Basket

Eukanuba

Fine Feline Cat

Food Lion

Foodtown

Giant Companion

Hannaford

Hill Country Fare

Hy-Vee

Iams

Laura Lynn

Li'l Red

Loving Meals

Meijer's Main Choice

Nutriplan

Nutro Max Gourmet Classics

Nutro Natural Choice

Paws

Pet Pride

Presidents Choice

Price Chopper

Priority US

Save-A-Lot

Schnucks

Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans

Sophistacat

Special Kitty Canada

Special Kitty US

Springfield Prize

Sprout

Stop & Shop Companion

Tops Companion

Wegmans

Weis Total Pet

Western Family US

White Rose

Winn Dixie

Dog Foods

Americas Choice, Preferred Pets

Authority

Award

Best Choice

Big Bet

Big Red

Bloom

Cadillac

Companion

Demoulas Market Basket

Eukanuba

Food Lion

Giant Companion

Great Choice

Hannaford

Hill Country Fare

Hy-Vee

Iams

Laura Lynn

Loving Meals

Meijers Main Choice

Mighty Dog Pouch

Mixables

Nutriplan

Nutro Max

Nutro Natural Choice

Nutro Ultra

Nutro

Ol'Roy Canada

Ol'Roy US

Paws

Pet Essentials

Pet Pride - Good n Meaty

Presidents Choice

Price Chopper

Priority Canada

Priority US

Publix

Roche Brothers

Save-A-Lot

Schnucks

Shep Dog

Springsfield Prize

Sprout

Stater Brothers

Stop & Shop Companion

Tops Companion

Wegmans Bruiser

Weis Total Pet

Western Family US

White Rose

Winn Dixie

Your Pet

Why So Many Different Foods?

Apparently, the reason so many different brands of foods have been recalled (including some well known national premium brands that most people, even those within the industry, believed manufactured all their own foods), is that a certain type of canned/pouch food requires specialized manufacturing equipment only available in a very few plants. The Menu foods plant that is the source of the recalled food had this equipment and produced foods for a wide range of companies according to their individual recipes (and reportedly also using company-provided ingredients for some lines).

Exact Contaminant Unknown

At this time, the exact cause of the illness associated with the recalled foods has not been identified. Researchers are devotedly working to determine the exact cause of the illnesses but it may take weeks, months, or even longer (or never), to determine the exact source and route of contamination.

Kidney Damage is Primary Concern

Kidney damage and kidney failure are the primary concern at this time. Catching kidney damage sooner rather than later through blood and urine testing (even before symptoms of illness are evident) can help ensure timely and appropriate treatment and maximize the chance of preventing serious illness or death.

Signs of illness and organ damage can be subtle and may not appear until very serious damage has occurred. Possible warning signs include changes in eating or drinking habits, increased urination, vomiting, lack of energy or any other signs of illness.

While some victims have shown signs of illness within hours of ingesting contaminated food, others have not shown symptoms for days to weeks after ingestion. We do not yet know the maximum delay between ingestion of the food and first signs of illness -- it could be weeks or longer.

If You Pet Has Eaten a Recalled Food

If your pet has consumed a recalled item and is showing ANY signs of illness, this may be a life-threatening medical emergency. Please contact us immediately to arrange a prompt exam and appropriate diagnostic tests.

If your pet has consumed a recalled item but is not yet showing signs of illness, we advise you to contact us to schedule an exam and screening blood work and urinalysis as soon as possible as a safety precaution.

Where to Go for Updated Information

Please visit our website for updated information. We will update our site regularly as our understanding of the crisis evolves.

Please visit the FDA website for more information on the recall or visit the manufacturer's website, Menu Foods, to check the official list of recalled foods.

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