Ainsworth Recalls Nutrish Cat Food Due to High Vitamin D Levels
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, a pet food manufacturer and wholesaler based in Meadville, Pa., voluntarily recalled five varieties of Rachael Ray Nutrish wet cat food because of high levels of vitamin D.
Too much vitamin D in a cat’s diet can lead to a variety of symptoms, including vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst, frequent urination, muscle tremors or seizures; thus far, there have been 11 reports of cats being sickened by these products.
The recalled products are:
- Paw Lickin’ Chicken and Liver (2.8-ounce single serving), UPC 071190007032, best by date Aug. 17, 2015;
- Ocean Fish and Chicken Catch-iatore (2.8 –ounce single serving), UPC 071190007049, best by date Dec. 1, 2016;
- Ocean Fish-A-Licious (2.8-ounce single serving), UPC 071190007056, best by date Dec. 1, 2016;
- Tuna Purrfection (2.8-ounce single serving), UPC 071190007063, best by date Dec. 1, 2016;
- Lip Smackin’ Sardine and Mackerel (2.8-ounce single serving), UPC 071190007070, best by date Dec. 1, 2016;
- Chicken Lovers Variety Pack (12-count pack of 2.8-ounce cups), UPC 071190007773, best by date Dec. 1, 2016;
- Ocean Lovers Variety Pack (12-count pack of 2.8-ounce cups), UPC 071190007780, best by date Dec. 1, 2016.
After numerous product tests, Ainsworth confirmed that the affected products have elevated levels of vitamin D, which result from the natural levels of vitamin D that are found in some of the fish ingredients that were used in these specific formulas.
The recalled products are distributed nationwide, and no other Rachael Ray Nutrish products are affected by the recall.
Retailers with affected products can contact 888-943-4218 for additional information.
Consumers with questions can call the Ainsworth’s Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486 or visit nutrishforpets.com/news from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday ET and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ET.
Production of the affected varieties has been suspended and will resume after reformulation.