WebMD Pet Health News
Audrey Cook, BVM&S
Dec. 2, 2009 -- The FDA says two popular cat foods that were
voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer have the potential to produce a
vitamin deficiency in felines that could make them sick and could even prove
The FDA, in a company news release posted on its web site, says Diamond Pet
Foods' Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and its Premium Edge Hairball
can cause thiamine deficiency, and that thiamine is essential for cats.
The recall was first announced Sept. 23, but the news release is providing
additional information on the potential effects of thiamine deficiency.
Symptoms of thiamine deficiency can be gastrointestinal or neurological,
according to the news release. Cats may show decreased appetite and salivation,
may vomit, and may lose weight in initial stages.
Neurologic signs that may develop include ventroflexion of the neck -- which
means that the head is bent toward the floor -- wobbly walking, circling, and
Such problems may result in death if the cats aren't treated. Pet owners
should contact their veterinarians if their animals have displayed
The recalled products were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New
York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
The affected date codes were: RAF0501A22X 18 pounds (BB28NOV10), RAF0501A2X
6 pounds (BB28NOV10), RAF0802B12X 18 pounds (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 pounds
(BB28NOV10), and RAH0501A2X 6 pounds, (BB28NOV10, BB30NOV10, BB08DEC10).
Twenty-one cases of thiamine deficiency in cats have been reported and
confirmed by Diamond. Reports so far have been limited to the Pennsylvania and
New York areas.
Diamond tested the product and found the foods to be deficient in
The news release says no other complaints have been reported on any other
product made by Diamond, based in Meta, Mo. Consumers who bought the affected
lots are urged to return the foods to the place they purchased it for a full
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the company at
800-977-8797, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.
SOURCE:News release posted on FDA web site.
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