Archive for the ‘animals’ Category

Menu Foods / cuts and gravy / dog food / cat food

March 16, 2007

UPDATE: March 30, 2007
Here is some animal health information

[Friday, March 16, 2007: below is the text from the PDF file “Press_Recall_03162007.pdf” in case becomes slower than it is now or temporarily unavailable; also, some people do not have the ability to open PDF files easily or at all.]

UPDATE: Saturday, March 17: Their web site is working fast now:

Here are some more links I found:



Menu Foods Income Fund

March 16, 2007
Menu Foods Income Fund Announces Precautionary Dog and Cat Food Recall
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(CCNMatthews – March 16, 2007) –


Attention Business/Financial Editors

Menu Foods Income Fund (the “Fund”) (TSX:MEW.UN) today announced the precautionary recall of a portion of the dog and cat food it
manufactured between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The recall is limited to “cuts and gravy” style pet food in cans and pouches
manufactured at two of the Fund’s United States facilities. These products are both manufactured and sold under private-label and are
contract-manufactured for some national brands.

Over the past several days, the Fund has received feedback in the United States (none in Canada) raising concerns about pet food
manufactured since early December, and its impact on the renal health of the pets consuming the products. Shortly after receipt of the first
complaint, the Fund initiated a substantial battery of technical tests, conducted by both internal and external specialists, but has failed to
identify any issues with the products in question. The Fund has, however, discovered that timing of the production associated with these
complaints, coincides with the introduction of an ingredient from a new supplier. The Fund stopped using this ingredient shortly after this
discovery and production since then has been undertaken using ingredients from another source.

At the same time, the Fund’s largest customer, for which it manufactures on a contract basis, received a small number of consumer
complaints and has initiated its own recall. Furthermore, for the time being, the customer has put future orders for cuts and gravy products on
hold. This customer’s cuts and gravy purchases in 2006 represented approximately 11% of the Fund’s annual revenue.

“We take these complaints very seriously and, while we are still looking for a specific cause, we are acting to err on the side of caution” said
Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, Menu Foods. “We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that our products maintain the very
highest quality standards.”

While the number of complaints has been relatively small, Menu is taking this proactive step out of an abundance of caution, because the
health and well-being of pets is paramount to the Fund.

In addition to changing suppliers, for production after March 6, the Fund has increased testing of all raw materials and finished goods. It is
also working closely with regulatory authorities and its customers to learn more and will take whatever additional actions are appropriate. The
Fund estimates that based on currently available information, this recall could cost between $30 million and $40 million, which will be
financed from a combination of internally generated cash flow and bank credit facilities. Furthermore, the Fund is aggressively producing
product, utilizing a different supplier for the ingredient in question, to replenish customers as quickly as possible.

In order to determine whether cat and dog food in their possession is subject to recall, consumers should refer to the list of brand names
(“listed products”) at This will be available by 6 a.m. Saturday March 17, 2007. Products not identified on the
website can continue to be used.

Menu is the leading North American private-label/contract manufacturer of wet pet food products sold by supermarket retailers, mass
merchandisers, pet specialty retailers and other retail and wholesale outlets. In 2006, the Fund produced more than one billion containers.


Menu Foods Income Fund
Media and Investor Relations
Sarah Tuite
(416) 848-1703


Menu Foods Income Fund


Covington, Kentucky

March 13, 2007

not Operation Murambatsvina

Covington became the focal point for Northern Kentucky’s homeless problem in April 2002, when city workers razed Ohio riverfront homeless camps.

The campers, most of whom were away at the time of the sweep, said they lost everything from kittens and family photos to work clothes. Covington officials said the makeshift camps were a health hazard and an eyesore.

Iraqi military eats rabbit

December 22, 2006

About 1,500 police officers and soldiers paraded on a soccer field, and other officers drove shiny new patrol cars and motorcycles around a dusty track ringing the field.At one point, a small group of elite Iraqi special forces officers wearing dark green T-shirts stepped forward with a live rabbit and ripped it apart with their teeth.

The leader chomped out the animal’s heart with a yell, then passed around the blood-soaked carcass to his comrades, each of whom took a bite. The group also bit the heads off frogs.

Elite Iraqi forces have demonstrated their toughness by chewing on live animals during military ceremonies since the time of Saddam Hussein’s rule.,,-6293597,00.html