Purina recalls food due to low thiamine

Nestle Purina is the latest pet food company to issue a food recall – but this time, it isn’t due to a threat of salmonella contamination like the recent salmonella scare.

Purina announced May 11, 2012 that it is recalling one specific lot of its Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management canned cat food. The food is only available through veterinarians in the United States and Canada; it is not sold in retail stores.

According to Purina, the recall is a precautionary measure in response to a consumer complaint to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Testing by the FDA revealed a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which has potential to create a thiamine deficiency in cats.

The affected food was distributed to veterinary clinics between June 2011 and May 2012.

The recalled food comes in a 5.5 oz. can size with a "Best Buy" date of June 2013 and a production code of 11721159. The bag UPC code is 38100-13810.

Cats that are fed the affected lots exclusively for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency.

Thiamine deficiency is generally reversible if treated promptly. Symptoms can be gastrointestinal or neurological; early signs can include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. As the deficiency progresses, neurological signs develop, including ventriflexion of the neck, wobbly walking, falling, circling, and seizures.

Purina last recalled food in July 2011, when it recalled a number of dry cat food bags after some of the bags revealed salmonella contamination.
Read more from Purina about the recall.