The most recalled cat foods in 2017
Most cat owners endeavor to provide a high-quality diet for their cats. However, they have no control over commercial processes of designing and producing cat food, which is solely the manufacturer’s responsibility. The manufacturer may use high-quality ingredients and additives but this does not make the food free from contamination making it to be listed among the most recalled cat foods. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) normally does food tests and also receives complaints from cat owners and customers. Acting on such complaints FDA lists the relevant brand among the most recalled cat foods to alert to those who had procured the food to take it back for compensation and seek medical care for the cats that have been exposed.
FDA lists foods on the most recalled cat food list as well, so as to help the manufacturer eliminate the problem that may affect the safety and efficacy of their product, preventing further risk and injury to the cats.
Listed below are some of the companies that have recalled their products in 2017:
Smallbatch Pets Inc.
In May 2017, Smallbatch Pets Inc. voluntarily recalled frozen 2lb chicken blend for cats of branded Smallbatch due to possible salmonella health risk. Apart from making pets lethargic, Salmonella infections are known to result in bloody diarrhea, fever, decreased appetite, fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting.
Blue Ridge Beef
In January 2017, Blue Ridge Beef Company voluntarily recalled Blue Ridge Beef, a frozen product due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a virus that causes vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.
J.M. Smucker Company
J.M. Smucker Company also took action between March and May 2017, by voluntarily recalling three of their products namely- 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM due to possibly low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1)
Cats that feed on foods low in thiamine for several weeks are at risk of developing a thiamine deficiency exhibiting symptoms such as salivation, vomiting, decreased appetite, and weight loss. After an extended period of time, they may develop other neurological problems such as ventroflexion of the neck, unbalanced walking, circling, falling, and seizures.
In February 2017, AVA voluntarily recalled their Dry Cat Food for low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1) after three cats became unwell after switching to the affected product and exhibited symptoms ranging from seizures, widespread twitching, and general unsteadiness.
Triumph also recalled their Ocean Fish Formula Canned Cat Food in february for metal contamination or foreign material contamination.
Wellness canned cat food
In February, Wellness made a voluntary recall of the Wellness canned cat food, because of contamination with foreign material.
Rad Cat Raw Diet
According to the FDA, Rad Cat Raw Diet made a voluntary recall of the following cat foods- Grass-Fed Beef, Free-Range Turkey, and Free-Range Chicken; distributed in western Canada and U.S. except for Hawaii and Mississippi.
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