Saturday, March 31, 2007

DEL MONTE Pulls TREATS and WET Dog Food - Includes POUNCE cat treats

Shocking even me by their timing, Del Monte announces a recall at 7pm Saturday night. Looks like the FDA didn't manage to inform them until this morning.

I will once again update the Pet Food Tracker - as soon as I get back from the store.

Del Monte Pet Products Voluntarily Withdraws Specific Product Codes of Pet Treats and Wet Dog Food Products

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As a precautionary measure, Del Monte Pet Products is voluntarily recalling select product codes of its pet treat products sold under the Jerky Treats®, Gravy Train® Beef Sticks and Pounce Meaty Morsels® brands as well as select dog snack and wet dog food products sold under private label brands. A complete list of affected brands and products is below.

The Company took this voluntary recall action immediately after learning this morning from the FDA that wheat gluten supplied to Del Monte Pet Products from a specific manufacturing facility in China contained melamine. Melamine is a substance not approved for use in food. The FDA made this finding as part of its ongoing investigation into the recent pet food recall.

The adulteration occurred in a limited production quantity on select product codes of the brands below. This recall removes all Del Monte pet products with wheat gluten procured from this manufacturing facility from retail shelves.

No other Del Monte Pet Products treats, biscuits or wet dog food products are impacted by this recall, and no Del Monte dry cat food, dry dog food, wet cat food or pouched pet foods are subject to this voluntary recall. The affected products comprise less than one-tenth of one percent of Del Monte Pet Products annual pet food and pet treat production.

Del Monte Pet Products has proactively engaged and fully cooperated with the FDA since the start of its investigation. The adulterated ingredients were used in limited production over the last three months for those items identified by specific product codes. Del Monte Pet Products has not used wheat gluten from this manufacturing facility in China in any other pet products except those described below.

Consumers should discontinue feeding the products with the Product Codes detailed below to their pets.

Del Monte Pet Products are 100% guaranteed and all returned product will be refunded.

Del Monte Pet Products customers can visit our website (www.delmonte.com) or contact our Consumer Hotline at (800) 949-3799 for further information about the recall and for instructions on obtaining a product refund.

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As part of the pet community, we value the health and well-being of pets, 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.

3 comments:

Garyn said...

They all keep referring to this as an "unfortunate" situation. To me an unfortunate situation is that my dishwasher isn't working. Thousands of cats and dogs poisoned is not simply unfortunate, it is catastrophic. They act like they sold us a broken chair. Oh gee we are sorry now lets get back to business.

Yes I am royally pi$$ed. My beautiful five year old cat is dead. Not by this company but does it really matter at this point which company it was. They are all the same.

Kim said...

I'm SO sorry for your loss Garyn. I totally agree with you. This is a disaster. A catastrophe. A crisis.

It's tragic. It's heartbreaking. It's shocking, horribly painful and unbelievably horrific.

It is NOT unfortunate.

Dia said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Garyn. My cat, Molly, died of renal failure on 12/30/06. I can't help but wonder if her Hills diet contributed to her death. I am still so lost without her...The pet food industry has made billions of dollars off us annually. It has now violated our trust and broken our hearts. It is time for the pet food industry to go to hell. I have switched the food of my other wonders, even though theirs is not on any recall lists, because keeping them on their regular diet is not worth the risk. I doubt I will ever trust the help and well-being to the pet food industry again.