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Fw: Alpo Brand Prime Cuts In Gravy Canned Dog Food Voluntary Nationwide Recall

  • To: "gardenchat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
  • Subject: Fw: Alpo Brand Prime Cuts In Gravy Canned Dog Food Voluntary Nationwide Recall
  • From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
  • Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 08:32:56 -0400

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- St. Louis, Missouri, March 30, 2007 . . . Nestli
Purina PetCare Company today 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 today 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.
Earlier today the FDA announced the finding of melamine in products related to
the March 16 Menu Foods recall, and advised Purina of the source of the
contaminated supply. Purina then determined that it had received some quantity
from the suspect supplier. The company proactively notified the FDA and
immediately began this recall process.

Purina is confident that the contaminated wheat gluten has been isolated to
this limited production quantity of ALPO Prime Cuts canned products.

The recalled 13.2-ounce and 22-ounce ALPO Prime Cuts cans and 6-, 8-, 12- and
24-can ALPO Prime Cuts Variety Packs have four-digit code dates of 7037
through 7053, followed by the plant code 1159. Those codes follow a "Best
Before Feb. 2009" date. This information should be checked on the bottom of
the can or the top or side of the multi-pack cartons.

Purina's 5.3-ounce Mighty Dog. pouch products, manufactured by Menu Foods,
were previously withdrawn from the market as a precaution on March 16 as part
of the Menu Foods recall. ONLY Mighty Dog pouch products and specific date
codes of ALPO Prime Cuts canned dog food are being recalled.

Importantly, no Purina brand dry pet foods are affected by the recall -
including ALPO Prime Cuts dry. In addition, no other Purina dog food products,
no Purina cat food products, Purina treat products or Purina Veterinary Diet
products are included in this recall, nor have been impacted by the
contaminated wheat gluten supply.

Consumers should immediately stop feeding ALPO Prime Cuts products with the
above-listed date codes to their dogs and consult with a veterinarian if they
have any health concerns with their pet.

Purina guarantees all of its products, and consumers can receive the full
replacement value of the recalled products. Consumers can visit us at
www.purina.com or call 1-800-218-5898, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
CDT, to receive more information.

Purina is fully cooperating with the FDA and made the decision to voluntarily
recall this product in consultation with the FDA.

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.

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Additional Information

FDA's Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts Page:
http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html

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