Diamond Pet Foods announced March 10 that it is recalling several brands of dry cat food due to a possible Vitamin B1 deficiency.
Cat food with the following production codes and best-by dates is affected:
- Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula: NGF0703, 10-Jul-2013; NGF0802, 15-Aug-2013, 16-Aug-2013
- Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula: NGS0101, 03-Jan-2014, 04-Jan-2014; NGS0702, 10-Jul-2013
- Premium Edge Kitten Formula: MKT0901, 26-Sept-2013, 29-Sept-2013, 30-Sept-2013, 02-Oct-2013
- Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula: MKT0901, 30-Sept-2013
- 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula: NGF0802, 14-Aug-2013, 18-Aug-2013
The company said routine tests found the products may have low levels of Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine. It did not disclose what may have caused the low levels. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said March 11 that it is looking into the matter.
Although the company said there have been no reports of health problems due to the thiamine levels, it warned that cats fed the recalled product for several weeks may be at risk of developing a thiamine deficiency. Symptoms of a deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, weight loss and neurological problems.
Pet owners seeking a replacement product or refund can call 1-888-965-6131, Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
The company's announcement came less than a year after dry dog food made at a Diamond plant in South Carolina was linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened 49 people in 20 states and Canada. U.S. government inspectors concluded that Diamond did not do all it could to keep the factory clean.