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Problems at Purina?

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Is pet food maker Purina having trouble finding ingredients for some of its products? Flyers posted in a Maryland pet store suggest that it is.

The flyers, spotted late Aug. 21 in the Friskies canned cat food section of the Rockville PetSmart, say, “Please be aware Nestle Purina is currently experiencing ingredient shortages causing reduced inventory availability of some flavors of Nestle Purina wet foods in all retailers. Please ask an associate for help in choosing a substitute item.”

The aisle seemed well-stocked at the time, and a store clerk said he was unaware of the flyers or the situation. A store manager confirmed that the flyers were posted based on information provided by Purina, but he referred further questions about the matter to PetSmart’s corporate headquarters in Phoenix, which did not respond to requests for more details.

Purina, a division of Swiss-based Nestle, also had no immediate comment Aug. 22. But Purina spokesman Bill Etling told in a brief e-mail Aug. 26 that "this is a limited and temporary situation that will be resolved quickly."