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