This is getting a little scary. Ajay doesn't eat food with wheat gluten in it, however, so we're off the hook in this household. A local vet said that the first step before panicking about your pet's food is to read the ingredients list to see if it contains wheat gluten at all, and not to worry unless it does. Very few (but not zero) dry pet foods are made with it.
Here's the latest recall. They're getting into more and more mainstream brands, which means a lot more pet owners are going to be affected.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALPO® BRAND PRIME CUTS IN GRAVY CANNED DOG FOOD
VOLUNTARY NATIONWIDE RECALL
NO PURINA VETERINARY DIETS INVOLVED
March 31, 2007
On March 30, 2007, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company announced it is voluntarily recalling all sizes and varieties of its ALPO® Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes. The Company is taking this voluntary action after learning that wheat gluten containing melamine, a substance not approved for use in food, was provided to Purina by the same company that also supplied Menu Foods. The contamination occurred in a limited production quantity at only one of Purina's 17 pet food manufacturing facilities.
Importantly, no Purina Veterinary Diets dry or wet pet foods or treats are affected by the recall. In addition, no other Purina dog food products, no Purina cat food products, or Purina treat products are included in this recall, nor have been impacted by the contaminated wheat gluten supply.
We urge you to advise your clients to immediately stop feeding their dogs ALPO Prime Cuts products with date codes listed in the attached press release http://updates.purina.com/T2RH02DB2747849466A1BC521974E2 and to consult you if they have any health concerns about their pet.
At Purina, nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of the pets whose nutrition has been entrusted to us by their owners, and we deeply regret this unfortunate situation. We will continue to take any and all actions necessary to ensure the quality and safety of our products.
For the March 30, 2007 press release: http://updates.purina.com/t2rh02db2737949466a1bc521974e2
For updated Frequently Asked Questions: http://updates.purina.com/T2RH02DB1609A49466A1BC521974E2
If you have other questions or concerns, please contact our Vet Consultation Service at 1-800-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT.