Cat Food Recall Affects 25 States; What Brands Are Safe?

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 14, 2013 10:16 AM EDT

Cat Food Recall
A cat food recall is in effect in 25 states. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A cat food recall is in effect across 25 states after the Diamond Pet Foods company discovered they were selling cat food that may contain drastically low levels of thiamine. The cat food recall is voluntary, although cats being fed the affected product are at risk of developing a thiamine deficiency. According to petmd.com, symptoms of thiamine deficiency include:  ventriflexation (bending toward the floor) or curling of the neck, incoordination, abnormal gait, circling, falling, head tilt, dilated pupils, backward arching of the head, neck and spine, stupor and seizures. If you observe these symptoms in your cat and you use Diamond Pet Foods brand cat food, you are urged to contact your veterinarian.

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The cat food recall was initiated by Diamond Pet Foods after their own testing revealed flaws in the cat food formula, according to a company press release.

"At Diamond Pet Foods, we have a process where we continuously test our products, and this process allowed us to find the undesired levels of thiamine in some of our cat formulas. Our food safety protocols are designed to provide safe food on a daily basis," said Michele Evans, Ph.D., Diamond Pet Foods Executive Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, in the press release. "In the event an error occurs, we have the data to quickly alert pet owners, giving them the confidence they demand of a pet food manufacturer."

Altogether, the products in the cat food recall were distributed to customers located in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

The following products are subject to the cat food recall:

  • Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula 18 lb. bags NGF0703 10-Jul-2013 Massachusetts
  • Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula 6 lb. bags NGF0802 15-Aug-2013, 16-Aug-2013 Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
  • Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula 6 lb. and 18 lb. bags NGS0101 03-Jan-2014, 04-Jan-2014 Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma
  • Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula 6 lb. and 18 lb. bags NGS0702 10-Jul-2013 Florida, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
  • Premium Edge Kitten Formula 6 oz. samples, 6 lb. and 18 lb. bags MKT0901 26-Sept-2013 29-Sept-2013 30-Sept-2013 02-Oct-2013 Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
  • Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula 6 oz. samples and 6 lb. bags MKT0901 30-Sept-2013 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina
  • 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula 5 lb. and 18 lb. bags NGF0802 14-Aug-2013, 18-Aug-2013 Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

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