petsAs many as seven animals died in tests of suspect dog and cat food conducted by the manufacturer Menu Foods after complaints the products were poisoning pets, a government official said Monday.

A federal investigation is focusing on wheat gluten as the likely source of contamination that sparked a recall last Friday of 60 million cans and pouches of the suspect food, said Stephen F. Sundlof, top veterinarian for the Food and Drug Administration. The ingredient, a protein source, is commonly used as filler.

The recall now covers dog food sold throughout North America under 51 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands, including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was sold under both store and major brand labels at Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway and other large retailers.

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