Purina is only recalling this one dog food product.
Alpo Brand Prime Cuts In Gravy Canned Dog Food Voluntary Nationwide Recall
No Dry Purina Products Involved
March 30, 2007
Nestl 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Purina’s 5.3-ounce Mighty Dog pouch products, manufactured by Menu Foods, were previously withdrawn from the market as a precaution on March 16 as part of the Menu Foods recall.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, 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
Updated FAQs March 30, 2007
Were you the “dry pet food manufacturer” the FDA referred to in its press conference?
When did you learn that you had received shipments of the contaminated product?
On Friday, March 30, the same day we announced our voluntary recall of ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy canned dog food.
Which of your production facilities produced the recalled product?
Nestl Purina PetCare’s Crete, Nebraska, plant was the only facility to produce the recalled ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy canned dog food product.
Which other of your facilities produce ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy?
ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy is also produced at our Allentown, Pa., facility. However none of those products are included in the voluntary recall nor have they been impacted by the contaminated wheat gluten.
When was the recalled product produced?
The recalled ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy products were produced in mid February 2007.
Exactly what ALPO Wet Dog Food items are affected?
Only ALPO Prime Cuts in 13.2oz, 22oz, and Variety Packs with the specific codes below are affected. No other ALPO Wet Dog items or ALPO Dry Dog Food items are included.
See the list of affected ALPO Prime Cuts items product codes on the list below. Do not feed the product if it has:
– Four digit code dates of 7037 through 7053, followed by the plant code 1159
– Above codes followed by “Best Before Feb. 2009” date.