The company that makes Catswell VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins announced a recall July 27 of two batches of the popular cat treat.
Los Angeles-based Dogswell said routine testing found that the two lots “tested positive for a limited presence of an ingredient called propylene glycol. Although this ingredient is ‘generally regarded as safe’ for both humans and dogs," the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "does not allow it in cat food or treats, even at trace levels,” because it can cause serious health problems in cats, including anemia.
The affected products come in 2-ounce orange packages with the following codes:
• SEW12CH032701/03c best before 9/10/13
• SEW12CH032702/03c best before 9/11/13
Cat parents are urged to stop using the product and return it to the store where they bought it to receive a full refund. The company said no cat illnesses have been reported due to the two batches.
According to TruthaboutPetFood.com, the company also told stores it is removing several Catswell products from the market because they also may contain trace amounts of propylene glycol: Catswell Happy Hips Chicken Breast Treats with Glucosamine and Chondroitin (UPC 884244000565), Catswell Vitakitty Chicken Breast Treats with Flaxseed and Vitamins (884244000572), Catswell Breathies Chicken Breast Treats with Mint and Parsley (884244000589) and Catswell Shape Up Chicken Breast Treats with L-Carnitine (884244141817).
Dogswell says its Catswell and Dogswell products are carried by independent pet stores and natural food stores nationwide.