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Release date: June 22, 2021

Common signs of pancytopenia are lethargy and loss of appetite

Budget retailer Wilko has confirmed that it has voluntarily recalled a number of its products from manufacturer Fold Hill Foods – which began recalling products last week over concerns about pancytopenia.

Fold Hill Foods, which offers dry food for Applaws, AVA (sold exclusively at Pets at Home) and Sainsbury’s, has voluntarily started recalling several hypoallergenic products as a “precaution” following an increase in pancytopenia in cats.

For a full list of the recalled foods from Applaws, AVA, and Sainsbury’s, see the article we posted last week:

Pancytopenia is a very rare condition in which the number of blood cells (red, white, and platelets) decreases rapidly and causes serious illnesses including bone marrow failure. Common signs are lethargy and loss of appetite, although in some cases spontaneous bleeding or bruising may occur.

According to the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), there has been an increase in the number of fatal cases since May.

Now Wilko, who has a shop in Middleton, has joined the precautionary recall.

The Wilko recall applies to the following article codes:

  • 0267053, 0463508, 0463507, 0470811, 0481421, 0481422, 0470808, 0470809, 0470807 and 0470810

A Wilko spokesman said: “Our priority is the safety of our customers and their pets. We support an investigation by the food and veterinary authorities into a possible safety problem in cats.

“Although there is no evidence that our products have been affected, we are voluntarily recalling a selection of Wilko brand dry products as a precautionary measure.

“At the moment we recommend that you do not feed them to your cat. If you purchased any of these products please return them to the store for a full refund.

“We have a large selection of alternative dry cat food brands in store and online for you.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers. If you have bought this product from us, please return it to one of our stores for a full refund.”

Point of Sale notices will be posted in all retail stores that sell these products.

If you are concerned about your cat’s health, contact your veterinarian right away.