Purina has issued a limited recall of its Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management canned cat food.
Attention cat owners: Nestle Purina PetCare (NPP) is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of its Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management canned cat food, available through veterinarians in the U.S. and Canada.
According to the press release, this is a precautionary measure being taken in response to one consumer complaint received by FDA. Analytical testing of the product sample by FDA indicated a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1). Purina has received no other complaints of thiamine-related or any other health issues related to this product.
This is the only product included in the recall (“Best By” Date and Production Code are found on the bottom of the can):
Purina Veterinary Diets (Overweight Management) Feline Formula
5.5 oz. can
“Best By” JUN 2013
Production code 11721159
UPC code 38100 – 13810
This product was distributed to veterinary clinics between June, 2011 and May, 2012 throughout the U.S. and Canada. The product is not sold in retail stores.
Cats fed this affected lot exclusively for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency.
Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, 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 purchased Purina Veterinary Diets® OM canned cat food cans with these specific “Best By” Date and Production Codes should discontinue feeding the product, and discard it.
In the press release, Nestle Purina PetCare reassures consumers that ”the safety and efficacy of our products are our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience due to this voluntary recall.”
For further information or to obtain a product refund, please contact Nestle Purina as follows:
U.S. Consumers & Veterinarians:
Call toll-free 1-800-982-8837 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time, or visit www.purinaveterinarydiets.com.
Canadian Consumers & Veterinarians :
Call toll-free 1-866-884-8387 Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, or visit www.purina.ca.
Read the press release here.