FDA Finds Melamine in Wheat Gluten used by Hillís Pet Nutrition
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today notified Hillís Pet Nutrition, Inc., of Topeka, Kansas, that FDA testing has detected melamine and melamine byproducts in wheat gluten received by the company to make dry cat food. FDA is conducting an investigation into pet food products made with wheat gluten that contains melamine and their association with reports of injury and deaths in cats and dogs.
Because the cat food is sold exclusively through veterinarians, Hillís has notified veterinarians, and is voluntarily recalling the pet food containing the wheat gluten and will conduct its own testing.
Consumers who have any bags of Prescription Diet m/d Feline should discontinue use. They should speak with their veterinarian if their pet shows any signs of kidney/renal illness. Such signs include loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting.
ďFDA recognizes that pets are very important to the American people and our sympathies go out to those who have lost their beloved pets,Ē said Stephen Sundlof, D.V.M., director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration.
During two months in early 2007, Hillís Pet Nutrition manufactured Prescription Diet m/d Feline using wheat gluten from the same company that has supplied wheat gluten to Menu Foods, Inc. Menu Foods, Inc. (menufoods.com/recall) has also voluntarily recalled products potentially contaminated with melamine. See http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html for more information on the pet food recall.
The Hillís cat food now being recalled is labeled Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food. The products are:
4 lb. bag, U.S. & Canada UPC code 52742 42770
10 lb. bag, U.S. & Canada UPC code 52742 42790
The agency is continuing to work with Menu Foods, Inc., and Hillís Pet Nutrition, Inc., to ensure the effectiveness of their recalls.
For more information, consumers may contact Hills Pet Nutrition at 1-800-445-5777 or visit www.HillsPet.com.
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