Hill’s Pet Nutrition has updated its earlier recall on May 11, 2016 from across the pond of affected products in all countries where they have been placed on the market. The company recalled certain packs of cat food pouches in May 2016 because there were high levels of iron present in the pet food as a result of an “error by an ingredient supplier,” which resulted in the pet food being manufactured incorporating high levels of iron, some of which were packed into multi-packs with unaffected products.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition has tested additional products and identified one additional date code of affected product: Hill’s Science Plan Feline Senior 11+ Healthy Ageing Multipack, which has higher iron levels than declared on the product. The affected food will have a “Best Before Date” of September 2017, with an SKU of 2190V.
The earliest this product was available for sale in the United Kingdom and Ireland is May 2016. When I spoke with Hills today, they assured me this product was not for sale in the U.S., and it only affected products in Europe and Russia.
Presumably, the issue is confined to products sold only in the United Kingdom, but as we live in a global economy, where borders are irrelevant, consumers have a right to be informed regardless of the country the recall was issued in.
Although iron is an essential nutrient in a cat’s diet, too much iron may cause digestive upset. If fed as the sole source of nutrition, this may have a more serious health effect, including diarrhea and vomiting.
If you have this product at home, please do not feed this to your cat and return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
For additional information regarding Hill’s recall on the affected products, go to their website at www.hillspet.co.uk or call the Hill’s Consumer Helpline at 0800 282 438 or email HillsUKCustomerservices@hillspet.com for advice. In the U.S., call 1-800-445-5777 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.
A copy of the company’s press release can be found here.
No other date codes of these products or other Hill’s products are known to be affected.
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SOURCE: Food Standards Agency