CAT OWNERS WARNED ABOUT FOOD RECALL OVER POTENTIALLY FATAL ILLNESS

The Food Standards Agency and Defra are advising cat owners not to feed their cats specific cat food products. 

Since April, there have been over 130 cases of feline pancytopenia – an illness that can often be fatal in cats. Pancytopenia is a very rare condition where the number of blood cells (red, white and platelets) rapidly decrease, causing serious illness.

This current outbreak is potentially linked to specific cat food products. As a result of this, a product recall has been issued. All of the products being recalled are produced by Fold Hill Foods and are described as being ‘hypoallergenic cat food’.

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Affected brands include ‘by Sainsbury’s’, Applaws and AVA.

A government spokesperson said:

“Working with the Royal Veterinary College, the Animal Plant and Health Agency and other government departments across all four nations of the UK, local authorities and the pet food supply chain, we are investigating a possible link between specific cat food products and feline pancytopenia. There is no definitive evidence to confirm a link at this stage.

“No unsafe cat food has been identified but the manufacturer and brand owners affected, based on investigations so far, are taking the precautionary action of recalling and withdrawing cat food products that have been linked to affected cats.

“There is no evidence to suggest this outbreak of feline pancytopenia presents any risk to human health”.

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Recalled Products

Applaws Cat Dry Chicken
Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg
Batch code NA
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Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Salmon
Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg
Batch code NA
Best before All date codes
AVA Adult Mature Chicken 7+
Pack size 2kg and 4kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
AVA Senior Chicken 12+
Pack size 2kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
AVA Sensitive Skin & Stomach
Pack size 1.5kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
AVA Weight Management
Pack size 1.5kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
AVA Hairball
Pack size 1.5kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
AVA Oral Care
Pack size 1.5kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
AVA British Shorthair
Pack size 1.5kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
AVA Persian
Pack size 1.5kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
AVA Maine Coon
Pack size 1.5kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
by Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe complete dry cat food with Salmon 1+ Years
Pack size 800g
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
Applaws Kitten Dry Chicken
Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg
Batch code NA
Best before All date codes
by Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe complete dry cat food with Chicken 1+ Years
Pack size 800g
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Lamb
Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg
Batch code NA
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Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Duck
Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg
Batch code NA
Best before All date codes
Applaws Cat Dry Ocean Fish
Pack size 350g, 1.8kg and 6kg
Batch code NA
Best before All date codes
Applaws Cat Dry Senior Chicken
Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg
Batch code NA
Best before All date codes
AVA Kitten Chicken
Pack size 300g and 2kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
AVA Adult Chicken
Pack size 300g, 2kg and 4kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes
AVA Adult Fish
Pack size 2kg
Batch code All batch codes
Best before All date codes

Advice to cat owners

Pancytopenia is a serious, but usually very rare disease. If your cat is unwell and has been fed any of the cat food listed in the product recall, you should seek immediate advice from your vet.

If your cat’s usual food is a product affected by the recall, use an alternative cat food brand.

If your cat was being fed a product affected by the recall for a medical reason, discuss with your vet what alternative food would be best to switch to. This will help to avoid your cat becoming ill as a result of ceasing to feed the listed food.

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