IAMS Recalls Canned Cat Food
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that, as a precautionary measure, Proctor & Gamble Co. is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its IAMS canned cat food in North America.
IAMS ProActive Health canned cat and kitten food, in all varieties of 3-ounce and 5.5-ounce cans dated 09/2011 to 06/2012, underwent diagnostic testing which indicated the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine, or Vitamin B1.
Although the condition is rare for felines, cats solely being fed these canned products increases the possible risk for developing thiamine deficiency. Early signs of thiamine deficiency can include: loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss; however, in advance cases, signs include: wobbly gait, falling, circling, seizures and downward curving of the neck.
In a released statement, P&G assured pet owners that no other IAMS pet food is lacking sufficient amounts of thiamine. The vitamin is essential for supporting and maintaining a cat's healthy functioning of nerves, brain and muscle cells, while the absence of it means carbohydrates and fat can't be converted into energy.
Thiamine deficiency can be treated and the effects are usually reversible, if detected early. Both the FDA and IAMS urged cat owners to contact their veterinarian immediately if their pet shows any of the above listed symptoms, and to discard any cans of food with these dated codes.
For a full product refund and additional information, cat owners should call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8826.
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