Which? issues urgent cat food recall warning over potentially fatal illness fears

Consumer Choice Brand Which? has issued an urgent recall for certain cat foods due to safety concerns.

The recall comes because of an outbreak of a rare condition called pancytopenia, which causes serious illness in cats.

There are a number of products that have been affected and anyone who uses these products should stop feeding their cats immediately.

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Fold Hill Foods is voluntarily recalling a number of its hypoallergenic cat food products from brands such as Applaws, AVA and Sainsbury’s because of a possible association with an outbreak of the potentially fatal disease, feline pancytopenia.

The following products are being recalled:

Applelaws cat food

  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before: all date codes
  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Salmon 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before: all date codes
  • Applaws Kitten Dry Chicken 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before: all date codes
  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Lamb 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before: all date codes
  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Duck 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before: all date codes
  • Applaws Cat Dry Ocean Fish 350g, 1.8kg and 6kg. Best before: all date codes
  • Applaws Cat Dry Senior Chicken 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg. Best before: all date codes

From Sainsbury’s Cat Food

  • 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 cat food

  • 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

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Wilko cat food

  • Wilko meaty feast cat rabbit / chicken / vegetables 950g. Item number 0267053
  • Wilko best salmon & tuna dry cat 800g. Item number 0463508
  • Wilko Best Beef & Chicken Dry Cat 800g. Item number 0463507
  • Wilko cat food Active Health Salmon 800g. Item number 0470811
  • Wilko active health cat food chicken 2kg. Item number 0481421
  • Wilko active health salmon cat food 2kg. Item number 0481422
  • Wilko dry cat food active health 7+ 800g. Item number 0470808
  • Wilko cat food active health hairball control 800g. Item number 0470809
  • Wilko dry cat food active health 800g. Item number 0470807
  • Wilko Cat Food Active Health Chicken 800g. Item number 0470810

If you have purchased any of the above products, stop feeding your cat immediately and return the food to your nearest store for a full refund.

Which? advised anyone with cats who have eaten the food and are concerned about their health to see a veterinarian and see the symptoms listed below:

  • fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Spontaneous bleeding (e.g. nosebleeds, bleeding gums)
  • Spontaneous bruising
  • Pale gums
  • Pinprick rash from blood stains

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