Ainsworth Pet Nutrition of Meadville, PA recalls five varieties of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet cat food voluntarily due to potentially higher levels of vitamin D. The recalls include Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection, and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver.
- Ainsworth Pet Nutrition.
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- Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®
- Single packs of Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection, and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver.
- Two variety packs that contain some of the above recalled products (the Chicken Lovers Variety Pack, and the Ocean Lovers Variety Pack) are also recalled.
- Here is the table with more details about the recalled products:
|Single Pack||Unit UPC Code||Best By Dates Thru|
|PAW LICKIN CHICKEN AND LIVER (2.8 oz)||071190007032||AUG 17 2015|
|OCEAN FISH AND CHICKEN CATCH-IATORIE (2.8 oz)||071190007049||DEC 1 2016|
|OCEAN FISH A LICIOUS (2.8 oz)||071190007056||DEC 1 2016|
|TUNA PURRFECTION (2.8 oz)||071190007063||DEC 1 2016|
|LIP SMACKIN SARDINE AND MACKEREL (2.8 oz)||071190007070||DEC 1 2016|
|Multi Packs – 12 Count||Unit UPC Code||Best By Dates Thru|
|CHICKEN LOVERS VARIETY PACK (12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups)||071190007773||DEC 1 2016|
|OCEAN LOVERS VARIETY PACK (12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups)||071190007780||DEC 1 2016|
Why recalled? Potentially elevated Vitamin D Levels.
- To date, there have been 11 reports of illness associated with these products.
- The two variety (multi) packs mentioned above contains some of recalled products of the single packs.
- The UPC code can be found on the bottom of the cup. The Best By code can be found on the side of the cup.
- According to the company, the production of the affected varieties has been suspended and will resume after reformulation.
- The recalled products are distributed nationwide. No other Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® products are affected by this recall.
- Ainsworth says the company confirmed that the affected products have elevated levels of vitamin D after conducting a number of tests.
- The company also claims that the high levels resulted from the natural levels of vitamin D that are found in some of the fish ingredients that were used in these specific formulas.
- According to the company, they are working to ensure the removal of all the affected products from store shelves. Jeff Watters, CEO of Ainsworth apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this recall.
What to do?
- Immediately stop feeding your cats the recalled products and dispose it, if you haven’t done it already.
- If you have fed your cat the recalled products and is showing the signs and symptoms mentioned below, in the ‘About higher levels of vitamin D in cats’ section, you should take it to a veterinarian immediately.
- Retailers with affected products are asked to contact 888-943-4218 for additional information.
- Consumers with questions about the recall are encouraged to contact Ainsworth’s Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486 or visit www.nutrishforpets.com/news. Representatives will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET Monday thru Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.
About higher levels of vitamin D in cats:
- Symptoms of excessive vitamin D consumption usually develop within 12-36 hours after ingestion.
- The symptoms may include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and muscle tremors or seizures.
- Vitamin D is important in regulating calcium and phosphorus in a cat’s body. However, when ingested at very high levels, it can lead to serious health issues.
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