Pet Food Recall Expands

Saturday, March 31st 2007, 2:07 pm
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Another brand of pet food is being recalled amid contamination fears.

Nestle Purina PetCare Company is recalling all sizes and varieties of its Alpo Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes.

Purina says a limited amount of the food contains a wheat gluten from China that was found to be contaminated with a chemical found in plastics and pesticides.

Late Friday, a dry cat food was added to the list of recalled items for the first time. Hill's Pet Nutrition said its Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food also included the tainted wheat gluten.

Both companies used the same supplier that provided wheat gluten to Menu Foods. The Canadian company has recalled 60 (M) million containers of wet dog and cat food sold under nearly 100 brand labels.

The recalls followed reports of dogs and cats dying of kidney failure after eating the food.

Investigators are still trying to determine how many pets have been sickened, and exactly what is causing it.