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« Reply #45 on: March 01, 2011, 11:47:38 AM »

Does this include Core and Kitten?
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« Reply #46 on: March 01, 2011, 11:48:51 AM »

Something is just not adding up....there have been several other complaints that the company did not take action with - and this one that the company did.

Do we have the tip of an iceberg here ?
 
I have not bought Wellness for awhile now, too many stories, too many denials of problems, and they are just too much hit or miss on  consistency  between batches. I have seen this for myself. One can is gloopy the next is different.....it gives one pause...the cats too, they won't eat certain flavors anymore.

At one time I did feed mainly Wellness-enough to be experiencing the deficiency now if I continued.....
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« Reply #47 on: March 01, 2011, 11:50:36 AM »

Does this include Core and Kitten?
I read these two responses on Facebook 
here is the link but for those that are not facebookers I have copied two public  comments from Wellness that I think need to be shared as I did not think kitten would be included or it would have been specified or the Core brand either so in case there was any others here not sure..I wanted to share....
http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?note_id=10150093171637606&comments

Wellness Natural Pet Food for Dogs and Cats Hello Mark, in an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall all canned cat products with the specific date codes noted on our site, this includes Wellness CORE cans for cats. Please feel free to call us with additional questions. We've set up a special hotline and the phone # is 1-877-227-9587.

Wellness Natural Pet Food for Dogs and Cats ?@Jennifer and @Alison – Out of caution, we are recalling all canned cat products with the BEST BUY dates as noted above and on our site, this includes kitten cans. Please feel free to call us with additional questions at 1-877-227-9587.
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« Reply #48 on: March 01, 2011, 12:13:01 PM »


text of FDA recall

Recall -- Firm Press Release
 

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.


Wellpet LLC Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots Of Canned Cat Food


Contact:
Media:
Claire Burke
Hunter PR
212-679-6600

Consumer:
877-227-9587
www.wellnesspetfood.com 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 28, 2011 - WellPet LLC announced today it has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Wellness® canned cat food.

While recent laboratory testing found that most lots of Wellness canned cat food that were tested contain sufficient amounts of thiamine (also known as Vitamin B1), some of the lots listed below might contain less than adequate levels of thiamine. However, out of an abundance of caution, WellPet has decided to recall all of the lots listed below.

Cats fed only the affected lots for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. If your cat has consumed the recalled lots and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

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

Wellness Canned Cat Food Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with 10NOV13 or 17NOV13 best buy dates.

Consumers who still have cans of cat food from these lots should stop feeding them to their cats and call us at (877) 227-9587 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Consumers with further questions should visit our website at www.wellnesspetfood.com2 or call us at this same number.

WellPet discovered the lower thiamine levels during independent testing conducted together with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to a single, isolated consumer complaint received by the FDA. Although WellPet has received no other reports concerning thiamine in its products, WellPet has taken additional steps with the manufacturer to ensure that this does not happen again.

“As a pet parent myself, I’m concerned for the health and welfare of all pets, and as a company we are committed to delivering the most nutritious natural pet food,” said Tim Callahan, chief executive officer of WellPet, the maker of Wellness products. “Even though the chance of a cat developing a thiamine deficiency is extremely remote, we are voluntarily recalling all of these lots of our canned cat food as an extra precaution.”

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« Reply #49 on: March 01, 2011, 12:20:46 PM »

FYI:

Thiamine requirement for adult cats from NRC is 1.4 mg/1000 kcal. That's the recommended intake. They have an "adequate" column but they don't suggest formulating to that amount.

ETA: Interesting how they say "manufacturer" when they have, in fact, several manufacturers. Wonder if they're doing that and recalling all dates so the one culprit manufacturer isn't singled out. What I don't like here is that my lots of food might actually be OK, but they're making me concerned by recalling all of them. On the other hand, maybe they just didn't want to take the time and $$ to test all the lots.
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« Reply #50 on: March 01, 2011, 12:30:25 PM »

Something is just not adding up....there have been several other complaints that the company did not take action with - and this one that the company did.

Do we have the tip of an iceberg here ?
 
I have not bought Wellness for awhile now, too many stories, too many denials of problems, and they are just too much hit or miss on  consistency  between batches. I have seen this for myself. One can is gloopy the next is different.....it gives one pause...the cats too, they won't eat certain flavors anymore.

At one time I did feed mainly Wellness-enough to be experiencing the deficiency now if I continued.....

If a complaining consumer had a food tested and then went to the FDA with the results, then I think the company would have no choice but to recall their food. A company isn't going to pay much attention to any old complaint of someone who's cat barfed after eating their food. They are only going to start paying attention when significant numbers of pets start dying or if someone with a sick pet goes through the trouble of having the food tested. In other words, if it's going to cost them money (from a lawsuit for example), then it becomes more cost effective to recall the food.

I feel that there is more to this story than we're hearing right now. I think there might be more than just a thiamine deficiency problem but we won't really know unless we see the test results. The test results are very important and we all need to see them so we can protect our pets.
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« Reply #51 on: March 01, 2011, 12:37:54 PM »

Something is just not adding up....there have been several other complaints that the company did not take action with - and this one that the company did.

Do we have the tip of an iceberg here ?
 
I have not bought Wellness for awhile now, too many stories, too many denials of problems, and they are just too much hit or miss on  consistency  between batches. I have seen this for myself. One can is gloopy the next is different.....it gives one pause...the cats too, they won't eat certain flavors anymore.

At one time I did feed mainly Wellness-enough to be experiencing the deficiency now if I continued.....

If a complaining consumer had a food tested and then went to the FDA with the results, then I think the company would have no choice but to recall their food. A company isn't going to pay much attention to any old complaint of someone who's cat barfed after eating their food. They are only going to start paying attention when significant numbers of pets start dying or if someone with a sick pet goes through the trouble of having the food tested. In other words, if it's going to cost them money (from a lawsuit for example), then it becomes more cost effective to recall the food.

I feel that there is more to this story than we're hearing right now. I think there might be more than just a thiamine deficiency problem but we won't really know unless we see the test results. The test results are very important and we all need to see them so we can protect our pets.

See if they answer  this that I just posted on their facebook page...

Regarding your current recall...you write in the press release that one consumer called the FDA with a complaint---was this test results on the food that the consumer did on their own or was it a subjective complaint such as an ill pet?
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« Reply #52 on: March 01, 2011, 01:50:06 PM »

I have some recalled cans, and they will be sending mailers and once processed, coupons to replace my cans.
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« Reply #53 on: March 01, 2011, 02:29:48 PM »

This is making me so nervous!  Today I finally found a bag of wellness complete health dry food that smells ok but Paulie has been eaiting the off smelling stuff for almost three weeks now  Cry
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« Reply #54 on: March 01, 2011, 02:39:19 PM »

Rats! I have a bunch of the recalled cans. DH is checking at my Mom's house today to see what she has. I wonder if anyone still wants any of these for testing? I have some of the June 13 dates that seem to have been the ones most often noted as causing trouble, on various threads here.

We've been feeding some of the cans with recalled dates, but because we rotate foods, I think our cats should be OK. Will be watching them carefully.

mycatpaulie and alchubb, sending hopes that your kitties will be OK.

ETA: Even though my cats (and my Mom's) are OK I'm not feeding any cans with recalled dates to my cats or to my Mom's cats.
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« Reply #55 on: March 01, 2011, 03:08:01 PM »

The recall period and flavors include the most suspicious dates and flavors implicated in  illness such as the June 13th....
I find that quite... interesting.....hmmm.

I would not take a chance with the food at all at this point...even in a rotation...just my 2 cents...
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« Reply #56 on: March 01, 2011, 03:14:30 PM »

I agree, Meowli, I'm not going to feed the cats any cans with recalled dates. I've already pulled them off our shelves and bagged them up.

I don't know if further testing is actually needed, just thought maybe someone might want more data to determine how extensive the problem is.
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« Reply #57 on: March 01, 2011, 03:59:31 PM »

Bo was eating the recalled food since February 8 with no symptoms at all.

Wellness Turkey 3 oz
7WTKC1
14 Sept 13

Since thiamine deficiency can take weeks to show up, the lack of symptoms doesn't surprise me.  I did however, make a trip to the store and swapped to 5.5 oz cans from October.  Bo has IBD and it is the only food he can eat since 2007.
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« Reply #58 on: March 01, 2011, 04:10:27 PM »

Just got back from the pet food store, took back a whole bunch of cans that had the dates that were affected.  I thought I could exchange them for newer batches but the pet food store pulled all of the cans, so could not exchange.  Drats so had to buy some Natural Balance which im not crazy about, there just is not enough grain free foods out there to choose from.
How long does it take for Thiamine defeciency to happen?? My cats eat mostly all Wellness grain free, with some Felidae grain free, and Evo, though the last few months they have turned their noses up to the Evo (all kinds). My cats seem to be ok though so far.
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« Reply #59 on: March 01, 2011, 04:15:02 PM »

I agree with Meowli - I decided a while ago not to feed Wellness even in rotation due to the problems being reported here. I'm more grateful to you folks than ever. Itchmo is always so much more on top of things than the pet food companies are! I wish they'd just read reports here, maybe they'd learn a thing or two about pet food. Undecided My utmost sympathy to those of you affected by this.
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