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Author Topic: Blue Buffalo Recalls Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats - Propylene Glycol  (Read 1845 times)
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« on: November 08, 2015, 06:38:12 PM »

http://bluebuffalo.com/about-us/whats-new-at-blue/Blue-Buffalo-Kitty-Yums/

Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. Voluntarily Recalls Limited Production of Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats Due to the Presence of Propylene Glycol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 6, 2015, Wilton, CT - Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. is voluntarily recalling a limited production of Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats that may contain low levels of propylene glycol, which is not permitted by the FDA for use in cat food.

Cats reacting to high doses of propylene glycol may exhibit signs of depression and may have a loss of coordination, muscle twitching, and excessive urination and thirst. If your cat has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The affected product was distributed nationwide in the US and Canada through pet specialty stores and e-commerce.

The product is packaged in a 2 oz., plastic stand up pouch.  Only these specific code dates of this product are involved:

    Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820 – Best If Used By: April 24, 2016.
    Blue Kitty Yums Tasty Chicken Recipe, UPC: 859610007820 – Best If Used By: July 24, 2016.

No other BLUE pet foods or treats are involved in this recall.

The FDA tested product in response to a single consumer complaint and found propylene glycol in one bag of our cat treats in the impacted lot. To date we have had no other reports of incidents related to our cat treats. Out of an abundance of caution, we are voluntarily recalling all product manufactured in the same lot as the subject bag.

Consumers who have purchased the product being recalled may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at: 888–667-1508 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday and the weekend of November 7, 2015 or by email at BlueBuffalo5883@stericycle.com for more information.

About Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo, based in Wilton, CT, is a pet products company that makes natural foods and treats for pets.

Media Contact: Phil Cheevers, 203-665-3234
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2015, 09:55:44 AM »

I don't know musch about Prop Glycol is but how does it get into a food product in the first place??   I hope this doesn't go further than just the treats... I pulled my cat off of BBuf for the time being... even the canned foods.  Also... as of yesterday shortly after this came out, BBuf had nothing on their website about it.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2015, 05:38:36 PM »

Propylene glycol is an anti-freeze chemical. It is considered food-safe for humans. Years ago, it was used as a pet food additive for those "semi-moist" pet foods that many of  you may remember--it was the agent that kept them moist. However, it was found to be toxic to cats especially, causing the development of life-threatening anemia (and some sources say kidney disease.) I myself lost my first cat, in his senior years, to a mysterious pronounced anemia that the vet could not figure out, and he ate those foods almost exclusively. (Remember "Tender Vittles"?) Later on, when I read about the discovery of the effects of propylene glycol on cats, I came to believe that he had been a victim of this type of pet food poisoning.

It's certainly not something that should be in any cat treats.
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2015, 09:37:43 PM »

I wonder if it was the first batch of treats run after some other pet food/treat went through that had that in it.  It's still used in dog food/treats.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2015, 11:52:55 PM »

It is ethylene glycol that is the toxic substance in antifreeze.  Propylene glycol is being used in some antifreeze formulas to make them safer.  There is a food grade propylene glycol that is safely used in many foods and other products.

           http://www.essortment.com/ethylene-vs-propylene-glycol-179151.html
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2015, 10:28:07 AM »

Propylene glycol is toxic to cats, discovered after years of cats dying from a steady diet of tender vittles

http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/propylene-glycol-educate-yourself-and-your-veterinary-clients?pageID=2
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