Diamond Pet Foods is recalling select bags of dry cat food Tuesday after reports of 21 cats falling ill in Pennsylvania and New York.
Select bags of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball could lead to gastrointestinal or neurological problems for cats, because they do not contain enough thiamine, an essential nutrient for cats, the company said.
If cats fed these foods have no other source of nutrition, they could develop thiamine deficiency. If untreated, this disorder could result in death.
Initial symptoms of thiamine deficiency include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. Later, neurological problems could develop including, bending the neck toward the floor, wobbly walking, circling, falling and seizures.
The company has confirmed 21 cases of thiamine deficiency in New York and Pennsylvania since its initial recall announcement Sept 23 and none since Oct. 19. (Although today's announcement was the first Philly Dawg heard of the recall and there is no notice of the recall on the Diamon Pet Foods Website.)
In addition to Pennsylvania, the recalled bags of food also were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
The affected date codes were RAF0501A22X 18lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0501A2X 6 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0802B12X 18lb (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAH0501A2X 6lb. (BB28NOV10, BB30NOV10, BB08DEC10)
For a full refund, consumers can return the recalled cat food to the place it was purchased. For more information call 800-977-8797.