Pet food recalled over iron poisoning risk

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A pet food manufacturer has issued a further recall of cat food that could poison your pet.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s cat food pouches have been found to contain high levels of iron. If fed as the sole source of nutrition, this may cause serious health effects, including diarrhoea, vomiting, depression and, in extreme cases, even death.

While Iron is an essential nutrient for cats, it can become lethal if excessive levels are present in the bloodstream.

Hills say that the high levels of iron present in the pet food were as a result of an error by an ingredient supplier, which resulted in 85g pouches being manufactured incorporating high levels of iron, some of which were packed into multipacks with unaffected products.

Following further product testing, an additional product, Science Plan Feline 11+ Healthy Ageing Chicken & with Salmon Multi Pack, was found to have higher iron levels than declared on the packaging. The 12 item, 85g multipack has a SKU code of 2190V and expiry date September 2017

A company statement said: “The company say that this is a precautionary measure as although iron is an essential nutrient in a cat’s diet but too much iron may cause digestive upset.”

If your cat has eaten from an affected batch and is displaying symptoms of an upset stomach, consult your vet.

The previous voluntary recall was of the following products, onsale in the UK and the Republic of Ireland at the earliest in December 2015: Science Plan Feline Adult Light Ocean Fish, Science Plan Feline Mature Ocean Fish, Science Plan Feline Adult Light Favourite Selection Multipack 4 Science Plan Feline Mature Adult Favourite Selection Multipack 4, Prescription Diet Feline c/d Stress Reduced Calorie Chicken 4, and Science Plan Feline Young Adult Sterilised Cat Multipack 4.

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