The pet food recall, affecting millions of containers of dog and cat food produced by Menu Foods sold at major retailers across North America, including dog food sold under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands, including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba, will almost certainly result in litigation from pet owners.
The food was distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.
Reports are already emerging of lawyers commencing legal action.
Emily Gardner, a Honolulu animal law attorney, said she had never heard of a pet food recall this large. Gardner said she would represent a client in some type of litigation to make sure companies improve oversight of their operations.
Meanwhile, two other companies — Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. — announced last night that as a precaution they were voluntarily recalling some products made by Menu Foods.
Many stores that sold the affected brands frantically pulled packages off shelves.