Added 6:51pm: Christie over at petconnection.com posted an update about the Costco Recall
Today at around 4 PM Pacific Time, I heard from Craig Wilson, Vice President, Food Safety and Quality Assurance for Costco.
He said Costco was informed last Friday at around 4 PM by American Nutrition, which manufactures their canned dog food (they do not make a canned cat food), that some of the Wilbur-Ellis melamine-contaminated rice protein powder had been used to manufacture some foods in Costco’s Kirkland Signatures pet food line. He said Costco did not suspect their foods might have a problem prior to this because they were unaware that any ingredients in their food came from China, or that there was rice protein powder in any of their foods. Rice protein powder is not listed on the label; the label ingredient in question is “rice flour.”
Therese at the Pet Food List has just gotten off the phone with Costco and American Nutrition. Both have confirmed the recall of Kirkland Signature canned food.
Gina and Christie over at petconnection.com were waiting to ask the FDA about it in the media briefing. Except of course, they didn't have a chance to ask the question. But they did get Costco to confirm that:
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Canned Food, item # 38436, best buy dates of Aug. 21 08 to April 15 of 09, has been voluntarilly recalled.
UPDATE from Itchmo:
Itchmo has learned that the recall covers two formulations sold in a single case:
* Kirkland Signature Super Premium Chicken and Rice Canned food for Dogs
* Kirkland Signature Super Premium Lamb and Rice Canned food for Dogs
American Nutrition says that their products were tested by them, FDA and state officials and melamine was found by one group.
So, every company is going to retest their products, right?