April 25, 2007

As part of its ongoing service mission to monitor animal feed quality in Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Division of Regulatory Services advises consumers who buy pet food to stay informed.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that, in addition to wheat gluten, an ingredient called rice protein concentrate may also be contaminated with melamine and is now part of the nationwide recall of certain brands of pet foods containing these ingredients. More than 100 brands are now on the recall list.

Kentuckians who regularly purchase dog and cat food are advised to continually stay aware of the latest information as it becomes available. Pet owners should become familiar with affected brands, and should always read pet food package labels carefully before every purchase. 

“An excellent source of information is the FDA Web site,” said Bill Thom, Regulatory Services director. “We recommend checking this site frequently for the latest information.”

Web sites of major pet food manufacturers also will have the latest consumer information about their products. A link to the FDA pet food recall site also is found at the Regulatory Services Web site

The UK Division of Regulatory Services will continue in-state monitoring of retailer compliance with FDA pet food recalls.


Bill Thom, 859-257-2785, ext. 226