Thursday, May 21, 2009

Nutro Brand Foods Recalled

We received notification from Nutro Products that certain brands of their cat foods have been recalled. They have received no consumer complaints, but are recalling the food as a precautionary measure. If you have any "Natural Choice Complete Care" or "Max Cat" brand food, you should discontinue using them.

Below is the information we received from Nutro regarding the recall.


Out of an abundance of caution, on May 21, 2009, Nutro Products
announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO
MAX Cat Dry Foods with "Best If Used By Dates" between May 12,
2010 and August 22, 2010. This recall is due to incorrect levels
of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a
production error by a US-based premix supplier.

Two mineral premixes were affected. One premix contained excessive
levels of zinc and under-supplemented potassium. The second premix
under-supplemented potassium. Both zinc and potassium are essential
nutrients for cats and are added as nutritional supplements to NUTRO(R)
dry cat food.

As soon as we became aware of the issue, we made the decision to hold
shipments of affected dry cat product, and took immediate action to
verify with our mineral premix supplier that no other products were
affected. We then contacted the FDA to notify them of the voluntary
recall. A full list of affected product and available alternatives
for your clients is available at

We have completed a comprehensive audit of premixes for all NUTRO
products, and have confirmed that this issue only affects certain dry
cat food products. No other NUTRO products are affected, including
dry dog food, wet dog and cat foods and dog and cat treats.

Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately
discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another
product with a balanced nutritional profile. While we have received
no consumer complaints related to this issue, cat owners should monitor
their cat for symptoms, including a reduction in appetite or refusal
of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea. We have suggested that
cat owners contact their veterinarian if their cat is experiencing
health issues or is pregnant.

Consumers who have purchased product affected by this voluntary recall
should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for
another NUTRO dry cat food product.

Affected product was distributed to retail customers in all 50 states,
as well as to customers in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand,
Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Israel. We are
working with all of our distributors and retail customers, in both
the US and internationally, to ensure that the recalled products are
not on store shelves.

At Nutro Products, our top priority has always been and continues to
be the health and welfare of pets and their owners. If you have any
further questions, including the need for additional information on
clinical signs, please call 1-800-833-5330 and identify yourself as a
veterinary professional or visit


Dr. Tiffany Bierer
Health and Nutrition Manager
Nutro Products Inc.

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