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Reference Desk July 2012

Arthur Dogswell LLC Recalls Catswell Brand Vitakitty Chicken Breast With Flaxseed and Vitamins

    SILVER SPRING, Maryland, July 27, 2012—Arthur Dogswell LLC is voluntarily recalling 1051 cartons packed as either 10 or 50 packages per case of Catswell Brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins because it has the potential to contain propylene glycol. High levels of propylene glycol in the treats could result in serious injury to cats. The adverse health impacts could be reducing red blood cell survival time (anemia) and making the cells more susceptible to oxidative damage. No illnesses have been reported to date.

    The VitaKitty treats were distributed nationwide via retail stores and mail order from April 13 through June 14, 2012. This product is packaged in a resealable 2-ounce orange plastic bag with a clear window. The VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins lot codes affected are as follows: SEW12CH032701/03c and SEW12CH032702/03c with a best before date of 09/10/13 and 09/11/13, respectively (UPC code 8 84244 00057 2). Lot codes can be found on the bottom right backside of the package.

    “We are taking this voluntary action because it is in the best interests of our customers and their feline companions,” says Marco Giannini, CEO and Founder. “We will be working with the FDA in our continued commitment to ensure that we meet FDA guidelines.”

    The recall resulted from a routine surveillance sample collected by the company and the FDA. Arthur Dogswell has ceased distribution of the affected product.

    Consumers who have purchased VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins from the affected lot codes are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If the affected product was purchased online, consumers should contact the internet retailer to understand their specific return and refund process. Consumers with questions may contact Arthur Dogswell at 1-888-559-8833 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday, or leave a message at any time.

    Source: US Food and Drug Administration

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