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313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
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Melamine-Contaminated Pet Food Recall of 2007

In March 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice that Menu Foods, Inc., a private label pet food manufacturer, was recalling certain lots of its "cuts and gravy" style dog and cat food produced in its facility in Emporia, Kansas, between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007.

The recall was prompted after reported instances where dogs and cats developed kidney failure after eating the affected pet food. The products were packaged in cans and pouches under numerous brand names and were  marketed nationwide by many pet food retailers.

The FDA ultimately found that the pet foods contained a contaminated version of wheat gluten, a protein additive. The wheat gluten, produced in China, had been contaminated with a substance called melamine and a melamine byproduct called cyanuric acid.  A large number of pets that ate the contaminated foods developed kidney stones and kidney disease.

The following year, melamine was also discovered in infant formula made in China. It has sickened scores of infants in that nation. The two incidents together illustrate how tracking animal health can also help uncover risks to human health.

FDA information about the 2007 Melamine Pet Food Recall

Veterinarians in Los Angeles County that suspect they are seeing a case of pet food contamination should report the case using this form.

Last updated June 8, 2017

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