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Rachael Ray recalls cat food

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition of Meadville, PA has voluntarily recalled five varieties of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet cat food, including Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin' Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection, and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin' Chicken & Liver.
Vitamin D serves to regulate calcium and phosphorus in a cat's body. However, when ingested at very high levels, it can lead to serious health issues.
Symptoms of excessive Vitamin D consumption usually develop within 12 to 36 hours after ingestion and may include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination and muscle tremors or seizures. Any cat experiencing these symptoms should be taken to a veterinarian immediately. To date, 11 cases of illness associated with the recalled products have been reported.
A number of tests confirmed that the affected products contain elevated levels of Vitamin D. The increased levels resulted from the natural levels of Vitamin D that are found in some of the fish ingredients that were used in these specific formulas.
"At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®, the safety and quality of our products is our top priority," said CEO Jeff Watters. "For the time being, we recommend disposing of any of the affected wet cat varieties. Rest assured we have implemented additional operating procedures to prevent an issue like this from occurring in the future. We sincerely apologize to our loyal consumers everywhere."
Watters assured consumers that Ainsworth is working diligently to ensure the removal of all affected products from store shelves. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Ainsworth's Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486 or visit www.nutrishforpets.com/news. Representatives are available from 8 am to 9 pm, EST, Monday through Friday and from 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday.
Production of the affected varieties has been suspended and will resume after reformulation.