State alerts consumers to voluntary cat food recall

Massachusetts Animal Health Officials announce voluntary recall of Nutro Cat Food

BOSTON – Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Scott Soares last week reminded Massachusetts consumers of a voluntary recall, announced Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), of select varieties of Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care dry cat foods and Nutro Max dry cat foods.

Nutro Products is voluntarily recalling some varieties of these cat foods with “best if used by dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010, according to the FDA.  The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten other countries due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium, both of which are essential nutritional supplements added to Nutro cat foods. The recall does not affect any Nutro dog food products, wet cat food or dog and cat treats.

“As the state agency responsible for regulation of pet food sold in Massachusetts, the DAR is urging Bay State pet owners who have purchased these recalled products to discontinue feeding them to their cats immediately and to monitor pets for symptoms that could be related to eating the recalled food - including a reduction in appetite or refusal of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea,” said Commissioner Soares, whose agency includes the Division of Animal Health.

Soares pointed out that the FDA also recommends that pet owners whose cats are pregnant or experiencing health issues should contact their veterinarians.

The FDA encourages consumers who have purchased the affected products to return the food to retailers for a full refund or exchange.  For a complete list of the affected dry cat food products or for more information about the recall, call (800) 833-5330, or visit www.nutroproducts.com.

The DAR’s mission is to ensure the long-term viability of local agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Development, Animal Health, Crop and Pest Services, and Technical Assistance – the DAR strives to support, regulate, and enhance the Commonwealth’s agricultural community, working to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production.

Release courtesy of the MA DAR.

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