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Reference Desk March 2013

Cat Food Recalled in 25 States Due to Lack of Essential Nutrient

    March 11, 2013 — Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are urging people to stop using and return or discard certain bags of cat food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods after the company issued a voluntary recall affecting 25 states Sunday.

    According to a press release issued by Diamond Pet Foods, the company is recalling certain bags of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Kitten Formula dry cat food, Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula dry cat food and 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula dry cat food after tests conducted by the company indicated the products might have a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

    Thiamine is an essential vitamin for cats in maintaining normal nervous system function. Symptoms of thiamine deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which may include cervical ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, ataxia (wobbly walking), falling, circling and seizures.

    Altogether, the products 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.

    People who have the recalled products should return or discard them immediately.

    “If you have fed your cat with the affected product and notice your cat is not acting right, take him or her to your family veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Laura Gibeon, a senior clinician with BluePearl in Manhattan. “Of course, if it is an after-hours emergency, we would be glad to help at any one of our locations.”

    The following products are subject to the recall:

    Product

    Size

    Production Codes

    Best By

    States

    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

    Source: BluePearl Veterinary Partners

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