The J.M. Smucker Co. announced yesterday a limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1).
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, according to the company.
Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. Advanced cases can include ventroflexion (bending toward the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling and seizures. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency typically is reversible.
The affected product was distributed to a limited number of retail customers from Dec. 20 – Jan. 3, 2017.
No other products of The J.M. Smucker Co. are affected by this recall.
Consumers who have cans of cat food from the impacted lots should stop feeding it to their cats and call the company at 800-828-9980 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The affected production includes the following: