Companies recall pet foods for inadequate thiamine, other issues

Published on November 18, 2009
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Companies recently recalled certain cat foods deficient in thiamine as well as some dog foods containing mold and dog foods that could contain plastic.

On Oct. 3, Diamond Pet Foods recalled several lots of cat foods deficient in thiamine that the company manufactured for Premium Edge Pet Foods for distribution in the eastern United States.

On Oct. 12, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issued an alert about the recall. The release mentioned a link between the food and a cluster of cats with thiamine deficiency around Rochester, N.Y. An ASPCA spokeswoman said Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine at the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, confirmed one case at the hospital and learned of additional cases.

On Oct. 20, the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine also issued an alert about the recall. An FDA spokeswoman said the agency had received three consumer complaints relevant to Premium Edge cat food as of Oct. 29.

The recall applies to Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat food and Premium Edge Adult Cat Hairball Management food with date codes of RAF0501A22X 18 lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAF0802B12X 18 lb. (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lb., and RAH0501A2X 6 lb. The dates of manufacture are May 28 and Aug. 30.

Other recalls in October affected dog food.

Wysong recalled certain lots of dry dog foods containing mold—but no mycotoxins—that the company manufactured from June to August. The recall affects lots 090617, 090624, 090706, 090720, and 090817 of Wysong Maintenance dog food; lots 090623 and 090811 of Wysong Senior dog food; and lot 090629 of Wysong Synorgon dog food.

Nutro Products recalled several lots of dog foods with a best-by date of Sept. 10 after finding pieces of a worker's plastic hat in the production line. The company determined that the final products probably did not contain any plastic.

The recall applies to Nutro Ultra Puppy food in 4.5-pound packages, bar code 79105 51313, and Nutro Natural Choice: Chicken Meal, Rice and Oatmeal Formula Small Bites Puppy food in 5-pound packages, bar code 79105 23050, from PetSmart stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The recall also affects Nutro Ultra Puppy food in 30-pound packages, bar code 79105 51315, from Petco stores in California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.

Information about pet food recalls is available on the AVMA Web site at