Pet food recall company off the menun
PET FOOD manufacturer, Menu Foods, the company at the centre of the poisoned pet food recall in the USA and Canada, has received another bitter blow with reports that its biggest customer, (so far unnamed), is to stop buying its ‘loaf’ pet food products from the company. There is speculation as to who that customer could be.
Two Canadian newspapers published conflicting reports on the latest development.
The Toronto Star recently reported that the client, worth 10.8% of Menu Foods’ business last year, was believed to be the Wal-Mart chain.
The Globe & Mail reported the same story under the banner: P&G Loss Bites Menu Foods Stock Price.
P&G (Proctor & Gamble), is the producer of the Iams and Eukanuba pet food brands.
Menu Foods issued a statement on the matter, ascribed to Paul Henderson, the company’s President and Chief Executive: ‘Menu Foods is disappointed in the reaction of this customer to the pet food recall.
The intentional tainting of product inputs from a third party supplier in China was a fraudulent act that victimised many pet food manufacturers, customers and consumers.’
Menu Foods was one of almost a dozen North American pet food manufacturers that had used vegetable proteins contaminated in China with melamine or related compounds which led to the poisoning of a number of dogs and cats in America and Canada.
In March, the company recalled millions of cans of tainted pet food manufactured at two U.S. plants after reports of animal deaths, which conflicting reports numbered in dozens, hundreds or thousands.