Prescription Diet dry food may contain bad wheat gluten.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. has announced that it is voluntarily recalling its Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food from the market due to possible contamination.
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 now recalling dozens of pet foods.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests of wheat gluten samples from this period show the presence of a small amount of melamine, a substance used in fertilizer, as well as in floor tiles, kitchenware and other household products.
Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry, 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 and 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Previously, Hill’s Science Diet Savory Cuts Feline canned cat foods, manufactured by Menu Foods, were withdrawn from the market as a precaution.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 which contains no wheat gluten.
Consumers should stop using this product and return it for a refund. Hill’s says it expects to resume shipment shortly of a reformulated version of the product that will not contain wheat gluten.
The Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry products included in this recall include:
• 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 www.HillsPet.com for details.