Rachael Ray Nutrish Cat Food Recalled for Excessive Vitamin D Levels
Canned cat food has been recalled following more than 10 illnesses resulting from excessive vitamin D consumption.
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition is recalling five varieties of Rachael Ray Nutrish wet cat food that were distributed nationwide.
While Vitamin D is important in regulating calcium and phosphorus in a cat's body, it can lead to serious health issues when very high levels are ingested. Symptoms of excessive vitamin D consumption usually develop within 12-36 hours after ingestion and may include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and muscle tremors or seizures. Any cat experiencing these symptoms should be taken to a veterinarian immediately.
The affected varieties include Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin' Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection, and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin' Chicken & Liver.
The UPC code can be found on the bottom of the cup. The Best By code can be found on the side of the cup. A complete list of UPC numbers and lot codes can be found on the Food and Drug Administration website.
After conducting a number of product tests, Ainsworth found that the high levels of vitamin D resulted from the natural levels of the mineral that are found in some of the fish ingredients that were used in these specific formulas. Production of the affected varieties has been suspended and will resume after reformulation.
"For the time being, we recommend disposing of any of the affected wet cat varieties. Rest assured we have implemented additional operating procedures to prevent an issue like this from occurring in the future," said CEO Jeff Watters in a statement.
Consumers with questions about the recall are encouraged to contact Ainsworth's Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486.