Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., has announced that it is voluntarily recalling its Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food from the market because it might be contaminated.
Hill’s is taking this precautionary action, it says, because during a two-month period in early 2007, wheat gluten for the product was provided by a company that also supplied wheat gluten to Menu Foods, the manufacturer that recalled numerous pet foods.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) tests of wheat gluten samples from this period show the presence of a small amount of melamine, a substance used in fertilizer, floor tiles, kitchenware and other household products.
Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food, which represents less than one-half of one percent of all Hill’s products, is the only product Hill’s currently sells in the United States that contains wheat gluten from any supplier. No other Hill’s Prescription Diet or Science Diet products are affected by this voluntary recall, according to the company.
Previously, Hill’s Science Diet Savory Cuts Feline canned cat foods, manufactured by Menu Foods, were withdrawn from the market as a precaution. Together with this earlier withdrawal, less than one percent of all Hill’s products have been affected.
The recall involves discontinuation of all retail sales and product retrieval from sellers. This recall does not include Prescription Diet m/d Feline canned food that contains no wheat gluten.
Consumers should stop using the recalled product and return it for a refund. Hill’s says it expects to resume shipment of a reformulated product that will not contain wheat gluten as soon as possible.
The Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry products included in this recall are:
- Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food; U.S. & Canada UPC: 52742 42770 (all date codes); Size: 4 lb. bag.
- Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food; U.S. & Canada UPC: 52742 42790 (all date codes); Size: 10 lb. bag.
For more information, consumers can contact the company at (800) 445-5777 or visit Hill’s website.
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