Arthur Dogswell LLC is recalling 1,051 cartons packed as either 10 or 50 packages per case of Catswell brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins because it has the potential to contain propylene glycol.
The recall resulted from a routine surveillance sample collected by the company and the Food and Drug Administration, and the company has since ceased distribution of the affected cat treats.
The VitaKitty treats were distributed nationwide via retail stores and mail order from April 13 through June 14. The product is packaged in a resealable, 2-ounce orange plastic bag with a clear window. The VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins lot codes affected are as follows: SEW12CH032701/03c and SEW12CH032702/03c with a best before date of September 10, 2013, and September 11, 2013, respectively (UPC code 8 84244 00057 2).
High levels of propylene glycol in the cat treats could result in serious injury to cats, including reduced red blood cell survival time (anemia) and making the cells more susceptible to oxidative damage. However, no illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins should return it to the place of purchase or contact the online retailer for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Arthur Dogswell at +1.888.559.8833 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday.
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