Menu Foods Clears Non-Recalled
Food for Pet Consumption
Toronto, ON March 30, 2007 - Menu Foods Income Fund (the "Fund") today expressed confidence that its "cuts and gravy" style pet food outside the recalled period is safe and healthy for consumption by North America's cats and dogs.
The Fund's announcement followed a news conference by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, during which it identified that melamine has been found in wheat gluten imported from China. This is the wheat gluten in the recalled pet food that caused illnesses and deaths.
Melamine has not been found in other Menu Foods pet food, nor is it present in the wheat gluten from the other suppliers used by Menu Foods.
"The pet food that we have manufactured after March 6 is safe and healthy," said Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, at a news conference on Friday.
"How do we know this? First, it contains no melamine. Secondly, it contains none of the suspect wheat gluten. Thirdly, all of the testing that has been conducted, including the routine taste tests that were underway prior to the discovery of this problem, have demonstrated that those products not associated with the suspect wheat gluten performed very well and in a manner consistent with historic norms."
"Quite simply, one supplier's product was adulterated with a material that is not part of any known screening procedure for wheat gluten," Henderson said. "The important point today is that the source of the adulteration has been identified and removed from our system.
"As a result, I can say with complete confidence today – to consumers, to our customers, to governments – that Menu Foods continues to uphold the high standards for which we have been known since 1971," he said.
"Our products are safe. We continue to engage in the highest levels of monitoring and testing in the pet food industry. These tests will be expanded as a result of this experience," said Henderson.
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.
For more information visit http://www.menufoods.com/recall/