More pet food recalled

New developments in the hunt for the source of poisonous pet food products now linked to renal failure in hundreds of animals and the deaths of at least 15 cats has led to a further voluntary recall of pet food in Cayman.

Close to 100 brands of mostly wet pet foods produced by Menu Foods, Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill’s Pet Nutrition made between specific dates have been voluntarily recalled.

The most recent addition to the list is Alpo Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food from Nestle Purina PetCare.

Retailers including Foster’s Food Fair IGA, which found it was carrying the affected batches of Alpo Brand Prime Cuts in Gravy canned dog food have pulled the products from their shelves.

‘Foster’s Food Fair IGA would also like to encourage all customers who have purchased Alpo Brand Prime Cuts in Gravy canned dog food, to please check the product codes and return the affected product to their Foster’s Food Fair IGA of purchase for a full refund,’ says a Foster’s press release.

Kirk Supermarket pulled its Alpo off the shelves in a precautionary measure until its safety can be ascertained, said Store Manager Renrick Christian.

Other retailers including Hurley’s supermarket have confirmed none of the pet food they carry has been affected by the recall.

Jacques Scott Food Division Manager Jamie Duncan says the company has confirmed with Nestle, makers of Alpo, that none of the Alpo it has distributed to a number of island retailers is affected by the voluntary recall.

‘But because retailers can get their Alpo and other affected products from different distributors, it’s important to check all the products they stock,’ he said.

United States Food and Drug Administration scientists were able to determine that wheat gluten used as a protein source in affected pet food was contaminated with particles of melamine, a chemical found in plastics, countertops, glue, fire retardants and pesticides.

Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Company Ltd. was named in a notice issued by the FDA as the source of the contaminated wheat gluten.

The company, based in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, claims it had not manufactured the gluten but had instead bought it from companies in neighbouring provinces and had sold it onward to another Jiangsu company, Suzhou Textile Import and Export Co.

The US has now banned imports of Xuzhou Anying’s wheat gluten.

Affected Alpo product codes:

1113200360, 1113200361, 1113200362, 1113200363, 1113200364, 1113200365, 1113200366, 1113200368, 1113200461, 1113200463, 1113200471, 1113200731, 1113200732, 1113207033, 1113207034

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