WellPet LLC announced Monday that it has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Wellness canned cat food. While recent laboratory testing found that most lots of Wellness canned cat food that were tested contain sufficient amounts of thiamine (also known as Vitamin B1), some of the lots listed below might contain less than adequate levels of thiamine. However, WellPet has decided to recall all of the lots listed below as a precaution. The products involved in this recall are:
- All flavors of Wellness Canned Cat Food with best by dates from April 14, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2013.
- All sizes of Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring with best by dates of Nov. 10, 2013 and Nov. 17, 2013.
Cats fed only the affected lots for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. If your cat has consumed the recalled lots and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.
WellPet discovered the lower thiamine levels during independent testing conducted together with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in response to a single, isolated consumer complaint received by the FDA. Although WellPet has received no other reports concerning thiamine in its products, WellPet has taken additional steps with the manufacturer to ensure that this does not happen again.
Consumers who still have cans of cat food from these lots should stop feeding them to their cats and call us at (877) 227-9587 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST. Consumers with further questions should visit our website at www.wellnesspetfood.com or call WellPet at the above number.