Diamond Pet Foods recalls two dry cat-food products in New York


Two brands of dry cat food were recalled in New York after they were found deficient in thiamine.

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-- Diamond Pet Foods voluntarily recalled two brands of dry cat food from the Rochester, N.Y., area after confirming that they were deficient in thiamine.

A Diamond spokesperson says the problem was discovered after pet owners and veterinarians called in about cats showing neurological symptoms. The affected products are Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat with the following date codes: RAF0501A22X 18-lb. bag, RAF0501A2X 6-lb. bag, RAH0501A22X 18-lb. bag, RAH0501A2X 6-lb. bag.

Diamond asked retailers selling those lots to pull the product from shelves and contact customers by phone or e-mail to ask them to check the date code on their cat food. Recalled food should be returned to retailers. Pets that consumed the recalled products should be immediately taken to a veterinarian, according to the Diamond spokesperson.

Internal tests found no contaminants or flaws in the food other than thiamine deficiency, the company said. Other batches of Premium Edge cat foods containing the same vitamin premix were not deficient.

Last year, Diamond Pet Foods settled a class action lawsuit related to contaminated dog food in 2005 for $3.1 million. The manufacturer refunded money to consumers who bought Diamond-brand products tainted with the mold aflatoxin and covered veterinary bills.

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