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Cat food recalled due to low levels of essential nutrient

The J.M. Smucker Company is voluntarily recalling limited lots of 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), according to a Department of Defense All Food and Drug Activity message sent Jan. 4.

The Defense Commissary Agency has publicized this recall to all its stores, said Christopher Wicker, a public health advisor for DeCA headquarters at Fort Lee, Virginia. Whenever a commissary has a recalled or withdrawn product in its inventory, the product is immediately removed from store shelves.

The following products are affected by this recall:

  • 9Lives Meaty Paté Chicken and Tuna, 13 ounces: UPC 7910052238 with lot number 6354803
  • 9 Lives Meaty Paté Seafood Platter, 5.5 ounces: UPC 7910000402 with lot number 6356803
  • 9Lives Meaty Paté Seafood Platter, 4 pack, 5.5 ounces each: UPC 7910000367 with lot number 6355803
  • 9Lives Meaty Paté Super Supper, 5.5 ounces: UPC 7910000327 with lot number 6358803
  • 9Lives Meaty Paté Super Supper, 4 pack, 5.5 ounces each: UPC 7910000327 with lot number 6358803
  • 9Lives Meaty Paté Super Supper, 13 ounces: UPC 7910052239 with lot number 6355803 and UPC 7910052239 with lot number 6364803
  • 9Lives Meaty Paté Super Supper, 13 ounces: UPC 7910052239 with lot number 6355803
  • 9Lives Meaty Paté with Chicken and Seafood, 5.5 ounces: UPC 7910000364 (793641) with lot number 6356803
  • 9Lives Meaty Paté with Chicken and Tuna, 4 pack, 5.5 ounces each: UPC 7910000324 with lot number 6356803 and UPC 7910000366 with lot number 6357803
  • 9Lives Meaty Paté with Chicken, 5.5 ounces: UPC 7910000410 with lot number 6356803
  • 9Lives Meaty Paté with Liver and Chicken, 4 pack, 5.5 ounces each: UPC 7910000312 (793121) with lot number 6355803
  • 9Lives Meaty Paté with Ocean Whitefish, 5.5 ounces: UPC 7910000420 with lot number 6307803
  • 9Lives Seafood Poultry Variety Pack, 5.5 ounces: UPC 7910053377 with lot number 6358803
  • EverPet Mixed Grill Dinner, 13 ounces: UPC 7910053114 with lot number 6356803
  • Special Kitty Beef and Liver Dinner, 13 ounces: UPC 8113112120 with lot number 6355803
  • Special Kitty Classic Tuna Dinner, 13 ounces: UPC 8113112157 with lot number 6358803
  • Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner with printed wrap, 12 pack, 13 ounces each: UPC 8113109609 with lot number 6355803
  • Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner without printed wrap, 13 ounces: UPC 8113112119 with lot number 6356803
  • Special Kitty Super Supper, 13 ounces: UPC 8113179041 with lot number 6355803

There have been no illnesses reported to date and no other J.M. Smucker Company products are affected by this recall.

Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible. Customers who purchased any of these products at the commissary should bring them back for a full refund. Questions about this recall can be directed to J.M. Smucker Company consumer relations at 800-828-9980.

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