This Major Cat Food Brand Just Issued Massive Recall

When you hear the words food recall, most people will automatically assume that we’re talking about food that’s consumed by humans. Generally, that is the case, but there are times when it’s pet food that has possibly become tainted. This is one of those cases, so you’ll want to pay attention and see if your furry little friend may have been placed at risk. As Fox News shares, the J.M. Smucker Company has announced a limited voluntary recall on several varieties of its popular 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty brands.

While that sounds awfully scary, we can all breathe a little sigh of relief. Sounds like the company is simply being proactive and extra cautious here. A full statement has been released by the Food and Drug Administration, and it outlines the concerns that prompted the recall.

“The issue was discovered by the Quality Assurance team during review of production records at the manufacturing facility. No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution,” the statement reads in part.

The problem stems from the possibility that the cans of cat food may have low levels of thiamine, which is pretty important in a feline’s diet.

“Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of 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 include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures,” the statement continued.

Thankfully, no kitties appear to have been impacted thus far, but it’s still a good idea to get rid of any affected product you may have. The statement includes a full list of the affected varieties, and consumers are urged to contact the company with questions.

“Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible,” the statement adds.

Source: Fox News
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