JM Smucker Company has announced a voluntary recall of 9Lives Protein Plus wet cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine or vitamin B1, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
The recall, issued Friday (December 7), specifically affects many 9Live cans, distributed by Ohio-based Smucker to retailers nationwide.
The recalled products include:
• 9Live Protein Plus With Tuna & Chicken, 4-bag Boxes, 5.5 Ozers, UPC Code 7910021549, Best of the Dates, March 27, 2020 – November 14, 2020.  • 9Live Protein Plus with tuna and liver, 4 boxes, 5.5 ounces each, UPC code 791
Part-time "Best if Used By" can be found at the bottom of each box.
The potential for low tide levels was detected during internal product testing.
By the end of last week, no diseases had been reported in connection with the affected cat fo od, but the product is recalled out of great care, according to the FDA website.
Tiamine is essential for cats, and cats who get food diet for ten months can develop a tenamine deficiency. Such deficiencies can lead to gastrointestinal or neurological symptoms in cats. Early warning signs include reduced appetite, salivation, vomiting, lack of growth and weight loss.
Advanced cases tend to result in neurological symptoms such as ventricular nerve bleeding, the neck bending to the floor and mental drowsiness, blindness, wimbled walking, circulation, falling, seizure and sudden death.
Tiamine deficiency is usually reversible if treated quickly, according to the FDA, which recommends that a veterinarian be contacted immediately for cats that show any of the above symptoms.
Although no diseases had been reported, FDA notices that customers should not feed the affected foods to their pets, but instead dispose of the products.
The recall does not affect other 9Lives or Smucker products.
If you have questions or wishes To receive a refund or coupon for replacement products, contact your company online by filling out this form or call 1-888-569-6828 between kl. 07:00 and 17:00 Monday-Friday.
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