Topeka, KS (March 30, 2007) - In accordance with its over-riding commitment to pet health and well-being, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food from the market. Hill's is taking this precautionary action because during a two-month period in early 2007, wheat gluten for this product was provided by a company that also supplied wheat gluten to Menu Foods. U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests of wheat gluten samples from this period show the presence of a small amount of melamine. Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry represents less than one half of one percent of all Hill's products.
This is the only product Hill's currently sells in the United States and Canada that contains wheat gluten from any supplier. No other Hill's Prescription Diet® or Science Diet® products are affected by this voluntary recall. Hill's Science Diet Savory Cuts Feline canned cat foods, manufactured by Menu Foods, were previously withdrawn from the market as a precaution. Together with this earlier withdrawal, less than 1% of all Hill's products have been affected.
The voluntary recall of Hill's Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food 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. All Hill's products carry a 100 percent guarantee, and consumers can receive a refund for recalled product.
Hill's expects to resume shipment shortly of a reformulated version of this highly beneficial product that will not contain wheat gluten. Please check with your veterinarian for an alternative Prescription Diet until m/d Feline dry is reformulated and made available again.
Following is a list of Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry products included in this recall:
|Recalled product||U.S. & Canada UPC*||Size|
|Prescription Diet™ m/d™ Feline dry food||52742 42770
(all lot numbers)
|4 lb. bag|
|Prescription Diet™ m/d™ Feline dry food||52742 42790
(all lot numbers)
|10 lb. bag|
Hill's has been fully cooperating with the FDA since the outset of its investigation and made the decision to voluntarily recall these products in consultation with the FDA. We deeply regret any concern that this has caused our valued customers.
For more information, consumers can contact the company at 1-800-445-5777 or visit www.HillsPet.com for details.
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Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic pet foods available only through veterinarians, and Science Diet® brand pet foods sold through veterinarians and finer pet specialty stores. Founded nearly 60 years ago by one veterinarian's unique commitment to pet nutrition and well-being, Hill's has never wavered from their mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Hill's produces high-quality, great tasting pet foods, so pet owners can follow the recommendations of the veterinary health care team. This ultimately improves patient health and the health of the practice. Visit HillsVet.com for more information on Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. and Hill's Evidence-Based Clinical Nutrition™ products.