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Pet Food Recall May Prompt Property Damage Lawsuits

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Menu Foods’, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of dog and cat food, has issued a nationwide recall on its “cuts and gravy” style pet food after being linked to kidney failure in many animals. The pet food recall, which is estimated to include more than 60 million containers, was distributed to Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway, and other similar stores on Friday after more than 10 pets died from eating the contaminated pet food.

The recall covers the company’s “cuts and gravy” style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between Dec. 3 and March 6 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

“At this juncture, we’re not 100 percent sure what’s happened,” said Paul Henderson, the company’s president and chief executive officer. However, the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, since dropped for another source, spokeswoman Sarah Tuite said. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

At this point the specific facts concerning the recall are still under investigation to determine why the popular pet food sold to millions of pet owners is causing so many animals to get sick and die. Although this recall has not been linked to any sickness in humans like the recent peanut butter recall, it will most likely prompt property damage lawsuits on behalf of those whose pets either got really sick and/or died from eating the contaminated pet food.