Cat owners in Kent are being urged to check the dry food they feed their cat following an urgent product recalled – because of the potential harm they cause.
In the UK nearly 500 cats have been diagnosed with a condition called pancytopenia – with nearly 300 of them dying. The Food Standards Agency “are taking the situation extremely seriously” as cases and deaths continue to rise and ordered the recall from the supermarket shelves of certain “Fold Hill Foods”.
With acute cases of this nature, it may be some time until we can definitively identify a common cause. The investigation remains of an utmost priority and should additional products be identified as potentially unsafe further alerts will be issued.Food Standards Agency
Daniella Dos Santos – Vice President of the British Veterinary Association, who are looking into the increase in pancytopenia in cats told Maidstone Radio “the sad thing here is that we are seeing an almost 2/3rds fatality rate”. Daniella told Jason how the condition effects cats, the symptoms to look out for, what to do if you cat shows any symptoms and the action you should take if you find any of these recalled products in your house.
You can find a list of the recalled products here: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-36-2021-update-1
The Food Standards Agency (FSA), Royal Veterinary College (RVC), British Veterinary Association, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), local authorities and the pet food supply chain are taking the situation extremely seriously. All potential causes of feline pancytopenia are being investigated.
The Foods Standard Agency said “A series of targeted analytical tests were initially undertaken to look for heavy metals and mycotoxins (including T-2/HT-2) in the recalled cat food, as these toxins are known to be able to cause pancytopenia in cats. Tests were also undertaken to see if some of these the toxins or any deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals could be identified in the bloods of cats with confirmed cases of feline pancytopenia. No definitive cause has yet been identified, although full results are currently pending.