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Army Sgt. Oscar Galeano, left, and Spc. Chris Kimrey check product codes on the back of cat food pouches against a list of recalled items Monday at the Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, commissary.
Army Sgt. Oscar Galeano, left, and Spc. Chris Kimrey check product codes on the back of cat food pouches against a list of recalled items Monday at the Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, commissary. (Chris Fowler / S&S)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Army medical food inspectors have been checking the inventory of wet pet food products at commissaries worldwide after a company issued a recall Saturday.

The death of one dog and nine cats along with a number of customer complaints prompted Ontario-based Menu Foods Inc. to recall more than 40 brands of cat food and 50 brands of dog food.

“We are already moving on this,” said Maj. Jerrod Killian, the executive officer of the Japan District Veterinarian Command, which is responsible for both food inspection and veterinary medical care throughout U.S. Forces Japan.

“We are inventorying stock and securing on medical hold any affected dog and cat food.”

Totolua Ripley, director of the Yokosuka commissary, said the store did not have any of the items listed in the recall notice in its inventory.

According to an FDA report, animals affected by the suspect food displayed symptoms including refusing further feedings, loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and death.

“It appears that this has only affected about 20 animals,” Killian said. He added that based on initial reports, it appears to him that the problem might be linked to aflatoxins, which often are associated with stored grain.

To learn more about the recall and the products involved, visit www.fda.gov or www.menufoods.com/recall.

How to read product codesThe affected products were made at a plant in Emporia, Kan., between Dec. 3, 2006, and March 6. They are marked with date codes 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197.

To read can product codes, look at the bottom of the can. The first four numbers of the second line of numbers are the date code, and the following four numbers indicate the plant code.

If the second line begins with four numbers from 6339 to 7073 followed by the plant code 4197, then the can is being recalled.

On foil pouches, the code numbers are located on the back, in the lower left corner. The date and plant codes appear in the third group of numbers, beginning an 11-digit sequence.

Both www.iams.com and www.eukanuba.com have illustrated details of how to check their products.

— Chris Fowler

Recalled pet food brands

Cat Food

Americas Choice, Preferred Pets

Authority

Best Choice

Companion

Compliments

Demoulas Market Basket

Eukanuba

Fine Feline Cat

Food Lion

Foodtown

Giant Companion

Hannaford

Hill Country Fare

Hy-Vee

Iams

Key Food

Laura Lynn

Li’l Red

Loving Meals

Meijers Main Choice

Nutriplan

Nutro Max Gourmet Classics

Nutro Natural Choice

Paws

Pet Pride

Presidents Choice

Price Chopper

Priority

Save-A-Lot

Schnucks

Science Diet

(The recall affects only 3-ounce and 5.5-ounce cans of Kitten Savory Cuts Ocean Fish; 5.5-ounce cans of Feline Adult Savory Cuts Beef, Chicken and Ocean Fish, and 5.5-ounce cans of Feline Senior Savory Cuts Chicken.)

Sophisticat

Special Kitty Canada

Special Kitty US

Springfield Prize

Sprout

Total Pet, My True Friend

Wegmans

Western Family

White Rose

Winn-Dixie

Dog Food

Americas Choice, Preferred Pets

Authority

Award

Best Choice

Big Bet

Big Red

Bloom

Bruiser

Cadillac

Companion

Demoulas Market Basket

Eukanuba

Food Lion

Giant Companion

Great Choice

Hannaford

Hill Country Fare

Hy-Vee

Iams

Key Food

Laura Lynn

Loving Meals

Meijers Main Choice

Mighty Dog

(The recall affects only 5.3 pouch products that were produced from Dec. 3, 2006 through March 14, 2007.)

Mixables

Nutriplan

Nutro Max

Nutro Natural Choice

Nutro

Ol’Roy Canada

Ol’Roy US

Paws

Pet Essentials

Pet Pride — Good ’n Meaty

Presidents Choice

Price Chopper

Priority

Publix

Roche Bros.

Save-A-Lot

Schnucks

Shep Dog

Springfield Prize

Sprout

Stater Bros.

Total Pet, My True Friend

Western Family

White Rose

Winn-Dixie

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