Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling some of its Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats. The recall is issued because the products may contain low levels of propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is banned by the FDA for use in cat food.
Company: Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd of Wilton, CT
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Brands: Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe
The recalled products are packaged in a 2 oz plastic stand up pouch and have the following UPC codes & ‘Best If Used By’ dates as follows:
- Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820 – Best If Used By: April 24, 2016.
- Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820 – Best If Used By: July 24, 2016.
Why recalled? Due to the Presence of Propylene Glycol
- Propylene glycolis not permitted by the FDA for use in cat food.
- To date no other BLUE pet foods or treats are involved in this recall.
- The affected product was distributed throughout the US and Canada through pet specialty stores and e-commerce.
- The product was tested due a consumer complaint which led to finding propylene glycol in one bag of cat treats.
- And out of an abundance of caution, all product manufactured in the same lot as the subject bag has been recalled.
What to do?
- If you have purchased the recalled product you may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
- If you have any questions, you are advised to contact Blue Buffalo at: 888-667-1508 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday and the weekend of November 7, 2015.
- You can also contact them by email at BlueBuffalo5883@stericycle.com
- U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area. Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints
- Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
About Propylene Glycol Poisoning:
- Propylene Glycol is an additive that is present in many dog food in ‘safe quantity’ to help absorb extra water, help keep food moist and as a solvent for colors and flavors in the food. If higher levels are present then it is toxic to dogs.
- However in cat food, propylene glycol is not used, not even in small quantities. This is because cats are very sensitive to this chemical.
- If a cat ingests small quantity of propylene glycol, it can cause Heinz body anemia. (This type of problem also happens when a cat eats too much garlic or onion)
- When this toxin gets absorbed by the red blood cell in a cat, a clump of protein gets formed within the red blood cell, making the cell very fragile. This can lead to the destruction of the red blood cells. If too many of them are destroyed, then it results in anemia (low level of red blood cells).
- The damage may be reversed once the toxin is removed for the cat’s diet. But later stages of anemia can be life threatening. Due to this, propylene glycol has been banned in cat food since 1996.
- So what are the symptoms of propylene glycol poisoning in cats? Cats reacting to high doses of may exhibit signs of depression and may have a loss of coordination, muscle twitching, and excessive urination and thirst. If your cat has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
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