Cat food recalled over potential link to deadly disease

Pet owners across the UK are being urged to return certain brands of cat food because of a potential connection to feline Pancytopenia, a feline condition which can prove fatal.

Fold Hill Foods is recalling a number of products it manufactures on behalf of partner brands, including Applaws, AVA and Sainsbury’s own pet food.

In a statement Fold Hill Foods said:

‘If you have bought any of the above products as detailed above, do not feed them to your cat. Instead: Check if you have bought the affected products and batch code(s) use-by / best before date(s). You can do this by taking a picture of this notice or writing down the batch code(s) < use-by / best before > date(s) for reference at home.’

Image above: Affected brands

There have been more than 130 cases of feline pancytopenia since April. According to the Royal Veterinary College there is usually just one case recorded a year. Pancytopenia is a rare bone marrow condition where the number of blood cells (red, white and platelets) rapidly decrease, causing serious illness.

The Food Standards Agency and DEFRA are trying to get the message about the recall out to cat owners. Young Veterinary Partnership, who have surgeries in Chiswick, Hounslow, Brentford and Ealing, is also publicising the advice to pet owners to not feed their cats any of the affected dry foods, especially those with the registration number GB218E5009.

They say if your cat has been eating these brands of cat food, you should contact your vet to discuss running a precautionary blood test.

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