There are stories coming in about a new cat food recall of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat formulas.
The company has confirmed 21 cases of thiamine deficiency in New York and Pennsylvania.
The recalled bags of food were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
For a full refund, consumers can return the recalled cat food to the place it was purchased. For more information call 800-977-8797.
Here is the press release from Diamond Pet Foods, with details of the recall:
Voluntary Recall – EASTERN US ONLY
Diamond Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall on the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat: RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves. The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food. However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.
Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.
Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine. No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.
Dr Janet Tobiasson Crosby, who writes About.com’s Vet Blog describes the clinical signs to look for, and their treatment:
As noted in the press release, clinical signs are neurological in nature.
Signs seen with Thiamine deficiency
- Generalized weakness
- Not eating
- Staggered “drunk” gait
- Neck curved downward (cervical ventroflexion)
Treatment for Thiamine deficiency is easy once diagnosis is made – injections or oral replacements of Thiamine. Clinical signs typically resolve quickly with treatment.
If your cat is not eating, vomiting, or showing any of the signs above, please see your veterinarian immediately for assessment. The same is true any time your pet is not behaving normally, and especially if exhibiting neurologic signs.
It appears that most incidents are concentrated in the Rochester, NY area, according to RocNow.com:
Cat food recalled after several area pets sickened
Bennett J. Loudon Staff writer
Local News October 15, 2009 – 9:47am
At least 14 cats in the Rochester area have been sickened by problem cat food that has been voluntarily recalled by the maker.
On Oct. 3 Diamond Pet Foods, based in Meta, Mo., announced the recall of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Food and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The food, sold in bags with the codes RAF0501A22X, RAF0501A2X, RAH0501A22X, and RAH0501A2X, lacked thiamine, an essential vitamin for cats, which helps maintain a healthy central nervous system.