RECALL ALERT: Primal Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls A Single Batch Of Raw Frozen Cat Food

According to the FDA, Primal Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling a single batch production code of Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula in the 3-pound bag varieties. This FDA tested product is in response to a single consumer complaint.

Primal Pet Foods was alerted by FDA that the testing of two bags of this lot resulted in a low thiamine level.

Recalled Product

Only the product with the following “Best By” date and production code is included in the voluntary recall.  It is best to check the production code on the back of the bag to determine if the product has been recalled or not.

Image source The US Food and Drug Administration via Flickr
  • Primal Pet Foods Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula 3-pound bag (UPC# 8 50334-00414 0) with Best By date 060815 B22

Neither FDA nor Primal have received any other reports concerning Thiamine in Primal products.

No other product manufactured by Primal Pet Foods is involved in this voluntary recall.

Thiamine is Necessary to Cats

Cats fed only diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats.

Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature.

Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include:

  • decreased appetite
  • salivation
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which may include:

  • ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck
  • wobbly walking
  • circling
  • falling
  • seizures

If your cat has consumed the recalled lot and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Primal takes very seriously, the need for adequate Thiamine levels in our feline diets, they explained.

“We include Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder as a natural B-Complex supplement to ensure that adequate levels of Thiamine are met,” says a spokesperson for Prima. “Additionally, Thiamine occurs naturally in other ingredients contained in our Feline Turkey Formula such as: Turkey Muscle Meat (including heart), Turkey Liver, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Dried Organic Kelp, Organic Collard Greens and Organic Squash.”

What to Do if You Have Product

Consumers who still have bags of cat food from this lot should stop feeding it to their cats and call Primal at (866) 566-4652 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST.

Consumers with further questions should visit their website or call them at the above number.

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