Recall For Potentially Fatal Toxicity – Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula in Cans
Initially we learned of the recall in this article then did further digging including how to contact the manufacturer and information about J. M. Smucker and its other brands.
On July 3, 2020 the J.M. Smucker company issued a voluntary recall of a Natural Balance canned cat food produced by Big Heart Pet Brands a subsidiary of J. M. Smucker. Reports have been received of cats having adverse reactions to due to elevated levels of choline chloride.
Among the health concerns: Nausea with excessive salivation. Constricted pupils and poor vision. Diarrhea or vomiting. Other and more severe symptoms like difficulty walking, muscle shaking, tremors, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing. Possible cardiac or respiratory failure which could lead to death.
(Cat Faeries’ note: Choline chloride is commonly used to supplement choline in commerical animal food including cat and dog food. Choline is an essential nutrient for animals and humans. Good naturally occurring sources of choline include egg yolks, organ meats and some vegatables. However, the supplement choline chloide is toxic and can be fatal to cats if there is too much in cat food. (from https://www.darwinspet.com/steve-brown-focus-on-nutrients-part2-choline/ and https://www.dsm.com/markets/anh/en_US/Compendium/companion_animals/choline.html))
Product Name: Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula canned cat food
5.5 oz can
- Retail UPC Code: 2363353227
- Lot Code: 9217803
- Best If Used By Date: 08 04 2021
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