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« on: February 28, 2011, 10:10:17 PM »

Just saw this in my email - low thiamine levels

http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/wellness-cat-food-recall.html
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 10:39:10 PM »

I typed a big long snarky post, but I decided I'd better just be quiet.

Recalled food:

Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;

Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13.
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011, 10:49:18 PM »

I wonder how much of this one would have to consume to cause a problem?

How long would this food have been on the market? I know I should be able to tell by the dates but my brain is half asleep at the moment.
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2011, 10:53:17 PM »

Here's the same notice on their website.

http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/letter.aspx
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2011, 11:17:19 PM »

I wonder how much of this one would have to consume to cause a problem?

How long would this food have been on the market? I know I should be able to tell by the dates but my brain is half asleep at the moment.


From the letter:

"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."

July/August 2010 was when people started reporting diarrhea problems with the June 13 food, so I would guess the April food was available a couple months before then.

http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/wellness-chicken-turkey-3-oz-and-55-oz-cans-t11955.0.html
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2011, 11:36:46 PM »

Was in my email also. This has been going on since post from last July/August? And now is being recalled because of one consumer that complained? Wonder if they had the food tested first before letting the company know about it......

Funny how they 'don't want to take any chances' and are doing the recall. Hope everyone on here feeding this food, that their babies remain safe and no harm come to them.
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2011, 11:40:04 PM »

Thanks Ned. I was curious about timelines as I was feeding this as the main option for my guys for a time period until our local pet stores started carrying a wider variety of different brands.
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2011, 12:04:51 AM »

Although I understand that they feel it necessary to recall all flavors within a certain time frame to avoid confusion for the public, I think the public would be better served if they knew the exact flavor/flavors and lot numbers and dates that actually tested as being deficient.  That way they could better determine if they had actually fed that particular food.  Also, isn't this food made by 3 different companies?  Which company is involved?  It appears that they are recalling ALL of these foods regardless of where they were manufactured.  That seems strange.  However, even without this information, it appears that if most of the food was not deficient that those who have not had any problems with it are probably safe. However, if your kitty has had any vomiting or diarrhea or other signs of illness, and they have been fed this food exclusively, perhaps at least a call to your vet may be in order to find out if a test might be necessary to be sure that all is okay.  I tried this food for a short time during the
Fall last year (June and May 2013 dates as I recall) and Mandy did not have any problems.  However, I stopped using it after only a short time because she lost interest in it.  We only used the Turkey and Chicken primarily with a few cans of the Chicken and Beef (I think) which she didn't care for.  She remains a Fancy Feast addict!   Cheesy   Wink  
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2011, 03:48:36 AM »

Here's the press release link from the bottom of Tim's letter...where it says a petowner contacting the FDA was the reason behind this...and not just their QC finding it in their routine tight QC (cough)...

http://wellnesspetfood.com/Wellness-voluntary-recall.pdf
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2011, 05:31:47 AM »

Makes me wonder if that pet owner was Peg. That was 1 of the foods her cats were eating before they became so ill.
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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2011, 05:37:39 AM »

Must be the vitamin premix...that could account for the same problem even though they use several manufacturing facilties.  Another reminder not to feed one food exclusively.
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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2011, 06:49:42 AM »

I just got notice that Wellness canned cat food has been voluntary recalled because of insufficient thiamine levels.  Here is the press release from Wellness http://wellnesspetfood.com/Wellness-voluntary-recall.pdf

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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2011, 07:32:26 AM »

Wow, not good.  It says "in response to a single, isolated consumer complaint received by the FDA."  So pardon me but once again, why are they waiting to do these QC checks until after the product has been sent out and used.  They do have a link to the info on their website. This affects alot of people here Im pretty sure. I hope everyone's kitties are doing OK.

http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/letter.aspx

February 28, 2011
Dear Pet Parents,
My name is Tim Callahan and I'm the CEO of WellPet, makers of Wellness® natural pet food. Over the years, we at WellPet have worked hard to earn the reputation of being a company that does everything possible for the pets that depend on us.
WellPet is committed to delivering the very best in pet food nutrition, as nothing is more important than the well-being of our dogs and cats. So when we found through product quality testing that specific product runs of our Wellness canned cat food might contain less than adequate levels of thiamine (also known as Vitamin B1), we decided to voluntarily recall them.
Please know, the vast majority of products tested had the appropriate levels of thiamine; however, with the number of recipes we offer, we did not want to make this more confusing. Therefore to avoid confusion and in an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall all canned cat products with the specific date codes noted below. 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 [/color] 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.
The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:
Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;
Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13.
If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding it to your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.
No other Wellness products that your pets currently enjoy are impacted, so you can continue to feed your pets Wellness with full confidence. This is an isolated situation, as we have had only one reported issue. We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure it does not happen again.

Speaking on behalf of our entire Company, I apologize for any concerns this may have caused you. As a parent of a yellow lab named Hope, I understand the sense of responsibility we all share for our dogs and cats. Rest assured, product quality and safety will always be our top priority.
Sincerely,
 
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2011, 07:42:30 AM »

These are the products and dates being recalled, does anyone know when these would have been produced?

Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;
 
Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13.
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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2011, 08:06:44 AM »

I am so worried about this.  I don't know if anyone has seen my post in porblems with pet food but I just sent a bag of wellness's complete health dry food to get tested last week because of a stange smell.  I purchased 6 different bags at 6 different stores and they all smelled the same.  My cat has many allergies and after trying 6 different foods this is the only one that has helped calm down his allegies so I would hate to change it.  Does anyone know how long it will take for the testing of this food to come back?  Please help if you can.  Thanks so much!
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