Diamond Pet Foods, a national pet food manufacturer, is recalling limited production codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Kitten Formula dry cat food, Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula dry cat food and 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula dry cat food.
Reports indicate that the Missouri-based company conducted tests on its pet food and found that products might have a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1).
Thiamine is essential for cats in maintaining normal nervous system function. Symptoms of thiamine 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 toward the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, falling, circling and seizures.
Diamond Pet Foods has also reportedly tested all other Diamond brands for thiamine deficiency to ensure the safety of the cat food it manufactures.
Diamond says there have been no complaints regarding thiamine levels, or any other health problems, related to the affected products.
Diamond Pet Food is no stranger to recalls as in 2005, it discovered aflatoxin in a product manufactured at its facility in Gaston, S.C. Diamond voluntarily recalled 19 products in 23 states formulated with corn and manufactured in the Gaston facility. These products included Diamond Low Fat Dog Food, Hi-Energy Dog Food, Maintenance Dog Food, Performance Dog Food, Premium Adult Dog Food, Puppy Food and Maintenance Cat Food. Testing of more than 2,700 finished product samples conducted by laboratories confirmed that only two date codes of two adult dog formulas with the "Best By" dates of April 3, April 4, April 5 and April 11 were potentially toxic.
DPF ran into trouble again in May 2012 when it voluntarily recalled brands of dog and cat food produced, again, in its Gaston plant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's initial announcement, "multiple brands of dry pet food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a single manufacturing facility in South Carolina have been linked to some of the human salmonella infections. ... A total of 14 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of salmonella infantis have been reported from 9 states."
Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact the Pet Food Information Center at 18889656131, Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST. Consumers also may visit http://www.petfoodinformationcenter.com for additional information.
Check below for a full list of products, sizes, production codes, “best by” dates and states where these affected products may have been sold.
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