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Second manufacturer linked to contaminated pet food…

By ASHLEY SMITH, Telegraph Staff & Staff writer David Brooks contributed to this story.

A second pet food manufacturer has been linked to potentially contaminated products.

Del Monte, a company probably best known for human foods such as canned fruits and vegetables, has voluntarily recalled a number of dog snack and wet food products, a press release from the company said.

The decision came Saturday after the Food and Drug Administration discovered a substance called melamine in the wheat gluten supplied to Del Monte from a manufacturing plant in China, the company reported.

Melamine, typically used to make products such as Formica and floor tiles, is not approved for use in food. Discovery of the substance came during the FDA’s recent and highly publicized investigation of contaminated pet foods products manufactured by Menu Foods of Ontario.

The voluntary recall of about 60 million cans and pouches of pet food was announced more than two weeks ago. The food, in “cuts and gravy” style, was being sold in everything from inexpensive store brands to prestige brands like Science Diet and Iams.

The FDA was blamed the food for at least a dozen animal deaths from kidney failure.

Del Monte’s recall is not as far-reaching, affecting only one-tenth of one percent of the manufacturer’s annual pet food production, according to the company. It affects Jerky Treats, Gravy Train Beef Sticks and Pounce Meaty Morsels products, as well as dog snack and food products sold as private brands. A complete list of products is available on the company’??s Web site at www.delmonte.com/petfoodrecall.html.

Anyone who has an affected product is asked not to feed it to his or her pet and encouraged to call Del Monteâ??s customer hotline at 1-800-949-3799 for refund information.

In an unrelated recall of all Dingo brand Chicke??n Jerky treats for dogs, cats and ferrets. The treats are being recalled because they may be contaminated with salmonella, the company said. They were sold at Target, PetSmart and other stores.

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