Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: August 25, 2023 by Crystal Uys
Note: This article covers a recall that occurred in 2012. For up-to-date information on current pet food recalls, please visit the FDA’s recall website.
In 2012, Arthur Dogswell LLC recalled 1051 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. High levels of propylene glycol in the treats could result in serious injury to cats. The adverse health impacts could be reducing red blood cell survival time (anemia) and making the cells more susceptible to oxidative damage.
According to the FDA, no illnesses have been reported to date.
The VitaKitty treats were distributed nationwide via retail stores and mail order from April 13th through June 14th, 2012.
This product is packaged in a re-sealable 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 09/10/13 and 09/11/13, respectively (UPC code 884244000572). Lot codes can be found on the bottom right backside of the package.
In addition, the company is also withdrawing the following products due to the fact that they also may contain trace amounts of propylene glycol:
Item UPC Description
72 884244000565 VitaKitty Chicken Breast Treats with Glucosamine and Chondroitin
73 884244000572 Vitakitty Chicken Breast Treats with Flaxseed and Vitamins
74 884244000589 Breathies Chicken Breast Treats with Mint and Parsley
14181 884244141817 Shape Up Chicken Breast Treats with L-Carnitine
“We are taking this voluntary action because it is in the best interests of our customers and their feline companions,” says Marco Giannini, CEO and Founder. “We will be working with the FDA in our continued commitment to ensure that we meet FDA guidelines.”
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Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.