Food Standards Agency confirms cat food product recall

Several cat food products have been recalled for links to a potentially fatal disease.

The Royal Veterinary College has reported a sudden surge in cat pancytopenia, a rare condition in which blood cells decrease rapidly and which can be fatal.

The cause of the outbreak is being investigated, but a possible association with certain brands of cat foods has been discussed.

Fold Hill Foods has taken the “precautionary measures” and recalled some of its products, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.

The recalled products are:

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  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before: December 2022 to June 2023.

  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Salmon 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before: December 2022 to June 2023

  • Applaws Kitten Dry Chicken 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before: December 2022 to June 2023.

  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Lamb 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before: December 2022 to June 2023.

  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Duck 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before: December 2022 to June 2023.

  • Applaws Cat Dry Ocean Fish 350g, 1.8kg and 6kg. Best before: December 2022 to June 2023.

  • Applaws Cat Dry Senior Chicken 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg. Best before: December 2022 to June 2023

  • By Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe Complete feed for cats with salmon 1+ years 800g. All batches and best-before dates.

  • According to Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe dry food for cats with chicken 1+ years 800g. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA adult fish 2kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA Adult Mature Chicken 7+ 2kg and 4kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA Senior Chicken 12+ 2kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA Sensitive Skin & Stomach 1.5 kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA weight management 1.5 kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA hairballs 1.5 kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA oral care 1.5kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA British Shorthair 1.5kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA Persian 1.5kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA Maine Coon 1.5kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA kitten chicken 300g and 2kg. All batches and best-before dates.

  • AVA Adult Chicken 300g, 2kg and 4kg. All batches and best-before dates.

Anyone who has purchased these products should stop feeding their cats and return them to the store for a full refund.

The FSA’s advice is, “If your cat is not doing well and has received one of the cat foods listed in the product recall, you should seek advice from your veterinarian immediately.

Several brands of cat food have been recalled on safety grounds.
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“If your cat’s usual food is one that is subject to the recall, try an alternative brand of cat food.

“If your cat has been fed a recalled product for medical reasons, discuss with your veterinarian the best alternative food to switch to. This will help prevent your cat from becoming sick from stopping feeding on the listed foods Food.”

In a statement, Fold Hill Foods said: “‘We are voluntarily recalling the dry products we make as a precaution. We are also supporting a food and veterinary investigation into a possible safety problem in cats.”

A government spokesperson said: “We are working with the Royal Veterinary College, the Animal Plant and Health Agency and other government departments in all four UK nations, local authorities and the pet food supply chain to investigate a possible link between specific cat food products and feline pancytopenia There is no definitive evidence to confirm a link.

“No unsafe cat food was identified, but the manufacturers and brand owners concerned are taking the precautionary recall action based on previous investigations and are withdrawing cat food products that have been associated with affected cats.

“There is no evidence that this outbreak of pancytopenia in cats poses a risk to human health.”