January 4 2017
Cat Food Recall Includes Popular Brands
A widespread cat food recall includes a number of popular brands that are sold in local stores.
The J.M. Smucker Company announced on Tuesday a limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), the FDA reports.
“The issue was discovered by the Quality Assurance team during review of production records at the manufacturing facility,” the Smucker Company said in a release. “No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.”
According to the report, cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Symptoms of deficiency can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. They include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.
The affected product was distributed to a limited number of retail customers from December 20 through January 3, 2017.
Consumers who have cans of cat food from the impacted lots should stop feeding it to their cats and call us at 1-800-828-9980 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST or contact them at email@example.com.