December. 2,2009 — The FDA says two popular cat foods voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer have the potential to cause vitamin deficiencies in felines that could make them sick and potentially fatal.
The FDA, in a company press release posted on its website, stated that Diamond Pet Foods’ Premium Edge Finicky adult cats and their Premium Edge hairballs can cause thiamine deficiency, which can be harmful to cats. Said is essential.
The recall was first announced on September 23, but a press release provides more information on the potential effects of thiamine deficiency.
According to the press release, symptoms of thiamine deficiency can be gastrointestinal or neurological. The cat may exhibit decreased appetite and saliva, may vomit, and may lose weight initially.
Possible neurological symptoms include abdominal flexion of the neck – which means the head is bent towards the floor – wobbly walking, circling and falling.
These problems can lead to death if cats are not treated. Pet owners should contact a veterinarian if their pet is showing symptoms.
The recalled products are located in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Wholesale, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
The affected date codes are: RAF0501A22X 18 lbs (BB28NOV10), RAF0501A2X 6 lbs (BB28NOV10), RAF0802B12X 18 lbs (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lbs (BB28NOV10), and RAH0501A2X 6 lbs, (BB28NOV10 BB30NOV10, BB08DEC10).
21 cases of feline thiamine deficiency reported and confirmed by diamond. So far, reports have been limited to the Pennsylvania and New York areas.
Diamond tested this product and found these foods to be deficient in thiamine.
The press release states that no other complaints have been reported on any other products manufactured by Diamond, based in Mo. Meta. Consumers who purchased affected batches are urged to return the food to where they purchased it for a full refund.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the company at 800-977-8797, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.