FDA Recall: Iams canned cat food recalled for low levels of Vitamin B1

06/10/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Cincinnati, OH—Specific lots of Iams canned cat food has been voluntarily recalled by the Procter & Gamble Company as a precautionary measure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall on Wednesday, June 9, 2010.

Diagnostic testing found that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), an essential ingredient for cats. Felines who were fed the recalled canned cat food as their only source of food are at a higher risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency.

Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten food—all varieties of 3 oz and 5.5 oz cans are involved in this recall. The date codes of the recalled products range from 09/2011 to 06/2010.

The recalled product was distributed in North America. No other Iams pet food products are involved in this recall.

The FDA stated, “Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.”

Consumers who have bough the recalled cat food are advised to discard it.

For more information or to receive a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8826 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST).

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