Two mineral premixes which are used to produce some NUTRO® products were affected. One premix contained excessive levels of zinc and under-supplemented potassium. The second premix under-supplemented potassium. Both zinc and potassium are essential nutrients for cats and are added as nutritional supplements to NUTRO® dry cat food. This issue was identified during an audit of our documentation from the supplier. An extensive review by the company confirmed that only these two premixes were affected. This recall does not affect any NUTRO® dog food products, wet dog or cat food, or dog and cat treats.
Products affected by the recall are NUTRO® Natural Choice® Complete Care® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® Max® Cat Dry Foods with "Best If Used By Dates" between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States (all 50 states) and ten additional countries, including Canada, Mexico, Japan and Israel.
In a statement to the press, a spokesman for NUTRO® said, "We are working with all of our distributors and retail customers, in both the US and internationally, to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold or distributed further. Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another product with a balanced nutritional profile. While we have received no consumer complaints related to this issue, cat owners should monitor their cat for symptoms, including a reduction in appetite or refusal of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea. If your cat is experiencing health issues or is pregnant, please contact your veterinarian."
When asked what NUTRO® is doing to prevent such problems in the future, the spokesman said, "We will be further enhancing our ingredient quality and food safety program to ensure that it will be state of the art within the Pet food industry. Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of our products."