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2015-11-12

Blue Buffalo issues voluntary recall

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Officials with the Connecticut-based Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. have voluntarily recalled a limited production of "Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats" that may contain low levels of propylene glycol. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) does not permit this chemical to be added to cat food.
The affected product was distributed nationwide in the United States and Canada through pet specialty stores and e-commerce.
The product is packaged in a 2-ounce, plastic stand up pouch. Only the following specific code dates of this product are involved:
• Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820 - Best If Used By: April 24, 2016.
• Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820 - Best If Used By: July 24, 2016.
No other BLUE pet foods or treats are involved in this recall.
The FDA tested the product in response to a single consumer complaint and found propylene glycol in one bag of cat treats in the affected lot. To date there have been no other reports of incidents related to the cat treats. Out of an abundance of caution, the company has voluntarily recalling all products manufactured in the same lot as the tested bag.
Cats nay react to high doses of propylene glycol by exhibiting signs of depression, muscle twitching and excessive urination and thirst. They may also exhibit a loss of coordination. Cats that have consumed the recalled product and present with these symptoms should be examined by a veterinarian.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled product may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions are urged to contact Blue Buffalo at 888-667-1508 or by email at BlueBuffalo5883@stericycle.com.