Dangerous levels of Vitamin D in Rachael Ray Nutrish cat food prompt nationwide recall

The FDA is announcing a Class I Recall of Rachael Ray Nutrish wet cat food due to dangerous levels of vtamin D. After conducting a number of product tests, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, the company that manufactures Rachael Ray’s Nutrish pet food, confirmed that the affected products have elevated levels of Vitamin D.

To date, there have been 11 reports of illness associated with these products.

Symptoms of vitamin D toxicosis (also known as hypervitaminosis D) caused by the consumption of toxic levels of vitamin D develop within 12-36 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.

According to the announcement on Nutrish’s website, they attribute the toxic level of vitamin D found in the formulas due to fish:

“The high levels result from the natural levels of Vitamin D that are found in some of the fish ingredients that were used in these specific formulas.”

The following products which were distributed nationwide are being recalled:

Single Pack Unit UPC Code Best By Dates Thru
PAW LICKIN’ CHICKEN & LIVER (2.8 oz.) 071190007032 AUG 17 2015
OCEAN FISH & CHICKEN CATCH-IATORIE (2.8 oz.) 071190007049 DEC 1 2016
OCEAN FISH–A–LICIOUS (2.8 oz.) 071190007056 DEC 1 2016
TUNA PURRFECTION (2.8 oz.) 071190007063 DEC 1 2016
LIP SMACKIN’ SARDINE ‘N MACKEREL (2.8 oz.) 071190007070 DEC 1 2016
Multi Packs – 12 Count Unit UPC Code Best By Dates Thru
CHICKEN LOVERS VARIETY PACK (12 count pack of 2.8 oz. cups) 071190007773 DEC 1 2016
OCEAN LOVERS VARIETY PACK (12 count pack of 2.8 oz. cups) 071190007780 DEC 1 2016

Two variety packs that contain some of these recalled products (the Chicken Lovers Variety Pack, and the Ocean Lovers Variety Pack) will also be recalled. The UPC code can be found on the bottom of the cup. The Best By date can be found on the side of the cup.

Ainsworth is working to ensure the removal of all affected products from store shelves. Retailers with affected products are asked to contact 888-943-4218 for additional information.

Consumers with questions about the recall are encouraged to contact Ainsworth’s Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486 or visit

Representatives will be available from 8:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m. ET Monday thru Friday and 8:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.

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