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Wilko has issued a safety warning to cat owners due to the recall of some of its cat food products.
The retailer said the move supported an investigation by food and veterinary authorities.
There is no evidence that the products are linked to a safety problem in cats, says Wilko, but that they are voluntarily recalling a selection of Wilko branded products as a precaution.
They advise cat owners not to feed their cats the listed products.
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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced that since April there have been more than 130 cases of pancytopenia in cats – a disease that can often be fatal in cats.
Pancytopenia is a rare condition in which the number of blood cells (red, white, and platelets) decreases rapidly and causes serious illness.
Sainsbury’s and Pets at Home are among the stores that are also recalling Fold Hill’s grocery brands as part of the investigation.
A statement from Wilko states: “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.
“While there is no evidence that our products are 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 have purchased any of these products please return it to the store for a full refund. We have a wide variety of alternative dry cat food brands in store and online for your convenience.”
Wilko meaty feast cat rabbit / chicken / vegetables 950g – 0267053
Wilko best salmon & tuna dry cat 800g – 0463508
Wilko Best Beef & Chicken Dry Cat 800g – 0463507
Wilko cat food Active Health Salmon 800g – 0470811
Wilko active cat food chicken 2kg – 0481421
Wilko active health cat food salmon 2kg – 0481422
Wilko dry cat food active health 7+ 800g – 0470808
Wilko cat food active health hairball control 800g – 0470809
Wilko dry cat food active health 800g – 0470807
Wilko cat food active health chicken 800g – 0470810
The declaration goes on to say: “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers. If you purchased this product from us, please return it to one of our stores for a full refund.
“Please note that this recall only applies to the products shown above.
“If you have any questions, please contact your local wilko store or call the wilko Customer Care Team free of charge on 08000 329 329.”
Further information can be found here on the Wilko website.