At least once a week we are asked what cat food we endorse. And just about every time we say that we like one – bingo – there’s a recall or we learn the company was sold to a corporate giant, or the ingredients changed. For example, Susan recently told us that Science Diet will be adding PLASTIC to their food. Seriously? If you are a long time reader of The Cat Faeries Companion you know that plastic is a cancer cell’s best friend and is otherwise unsafe and toxic.
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Once again, food for our animal friends has been contaminated by harmful additives. This time it’s cat treats. Over 1,000 cartons of “Catswell Brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins” have been recalled by the manufacturer because of contamination by propylene glycol.
While propylene glycol has been approved by the FDA as an additive for dog and human food, it is banned by the FDA for cat food because it can cause Heinz body anemia, a serious disease for cats that causes the destruction of red blood cells. Symptoms include fever, weakness, loss of appetite, reddish brown urine, skin discoloration and pale lips, mouth, or gums.
This is a continuing and serious problem for cats, dogs and our other animal friends – harmful contaminates in pet food which are introduced somewhere in the supply chain. Often these chemicals are being added overseas, where some pet food companies source their ingredients.
Here’s more information:
The manufacturer’s web page with details on the recall
The FDA press release on the recall
An excellent article on the recall by Dr. Karen Becker
The recall does not effect cat food, just dog food. You can call Wysong at 800 748 0188.
The following is from the Wysong website:
MOLD IN PAST EXTRUDED DOG FOODS
-Notice, Explanation, and Response-
PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY AND COMPLETELY BEFORE EMAILING WYSONG.
Higher than target moisture levels have been found in some bags of Wysong dry extruded dog foods manufactured in June, July and August of 2009. High moisture can result in premature spoilage and mold. No problems have been found or reported in any other Wysong food product. No laboratory tests on the recalled products have been positive for mycotoxins or food borne pathogens.
Nevertheless, the following foods should not be fed and should be exchanged:
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090617
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090624
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090706
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090720
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090817
Wysong Senior™: lot #: 090623
Wysong Senior™: lot #: 090811
Wysong Synorgon™: lot #: 090629
Please contact the point of purchase for an exchange or refund.
Mold spores are in all natural foods. When there is heat, oxygen, and sufficient moisture the spores can bloom into mold. Everyone has experienced this with foods at home.
From what can be determined, the problem with the Wysong foods stems from unusually high heat and humidity on those summer dates. This combined with a malfunctioning moisture checking device is believed to be the cause of the higher moisture and this isolated problem.
All Wysong foods have been tested for mycotoxins and are negative. That is the primary danger in consuming moldy foods. If your pet has consumed the product, the most that could be expected would be loose stool, and this should clear upon changing from these lot numbers.
As noted in the article below, mold is a ubiquitous problem in all packaged foods. Wysong takes many measures to address this:
1. Incoming ingredients are tested for moisture and mycotoxins.
2. Finished products are also tested.
3. Ingredients are used to inhibit mold growth.
4. The NutriPak oxygen and light barrier packaging inhibits aerobic mold growth.
5. Products are nitrogen flushed to remove oxygen.
6. Products are fresh batched.
7. Ingredients are used to help adsorb toxins should they be present.
8. People are advised to refrigerate or freeze unused product, i.e. treat it like any fresh natural food is treated.
9. Most importantly, Dr. Wysong has advised for the past 30 years against feeding any singular food meal after meal. Diets should be rotated and fresh foods incorporated into meal planning in order to decrease the risk of chronic exposure to toxins that may be present in any one food. This information is on all Wysong packaged pet foods.
Here we go again, another cat food recall. The following text was copied from the Premium Edge website:
Diamond Pet Foods has withdrawn from distribution the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat: RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. The calls from pet owners or veterinarians regarding this issue have been centered in the Rochester, NY area. All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves. The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food. However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.
Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.
Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine. No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.