The issue was discovered during independent testing conducted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The lots involved in the recall are:
- Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best-by dates from 14APR13 through 30SEP13
- Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best-by dates of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13
According to WellPet CEO Tim Callahan, "cats fed only product with inadequate levels of thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible. Though the chance of developing this deficiency is remote, withdrawing these products is the right thing to do and we are removing it from retailers' shelves."