Howdy folks -
Sorry to deluge y’all with yet another ADMIN message, but I wanted to remind everyone to check your cat and dog food before freecycling it. As you probably know, Menu Foods, “the leading North American manufacturer of private-label wet pet food products”, is in the midst of a major contamination scandal, with 16 confirmed deaths so far (and more to follow, no doubt).
“The recall is limited to “cuts and gravy” style pet food in cans and foil pouches produced on specific dates and times between December 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007 in two of Menu’s plants. The recall affects 42 brands of cat food and 53 brands of dog food. In order to determine whether cat and dog food that your pet consumed is subject to recall, you should refer to the list of brand names on this website.”
“If you are in possession of a variety or multi-pack, please be sure to check the individual can or pouch rather than relying solely on the date coding on the side of the carton.”
If you think that your cat or dog may have consumed contaminated foods, Menu Foods offers the following advice:
“If your pet is exhibiting any signs of kidney failure please contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, weakness, disorientation and changes in water consumption and urination. If you suspect that you have fed the recalled pet food to your cat or dog, save any remaining pet food and the can or pouch. Open cans or pouches may be double-bagged in sealable plastic and kept in the freezer. ”
You can view a comprehensive list of the recalled products here:
While we do ask that all members check for recall/safety issues on ALL items before offering them up on Freecycle (this includes not just foodstuffs, but other items as well, such as car seats and cribs, for example), we do realize that mistakes happen – which is why members on the receiving end of a freecycled item should check for safety and recall info, too. And two sets of eyes are certainly better than one!
If you have any questions/comments on the Menu Foods recall, feel free to email me off-list at kelly [at] kcfreecycle [dot] org – or take your discussion over to the KC Chat Cafe.
Now back to your regularly scheduled freecycling!
KC Freecycle List Owner
kelly [at] kcfreecycle [dot] org