URGENT RECALL: Sainsbury’s and Pets at Home recall dry cat food products over link to outbreak of potentially deadly feline disease

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Cat food sold at Sainsbury’s and Pets at Home has been pulled from shelves over fears it could make pets seriously ill.

Fold Hill Foods, the company which makes the food, has recalled more than 20 cat food products because of safety concerns.

This is a precautionary action of recalling several hypoallergenic cat food products because of safety concerns.

The FSA and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have warned cat owners not to give their pets dry food made on behalf of the brands by manufacturer Fold Hill Foods, as a precaution.

What cat food is being recalled?

Fold Hill Food makes the cat food being recalled and it’s sold under a range of brand names and in a number of shops.

  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken
  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Salmon
  • AVA Adult Fish
  • AVA Adult Mature Chicken 7+
  • AVA Senior Chicken 12+
  • AVA Sensitive Skin & Stomach
  • AVA Weight Management
  • AVA Hairball
  • AVA Oral Care
  • AVA British Shorthair
  • AVA Persian
  • Applaws Kitten Dry Chicken
  • By Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe complete dry cat food with Salmon 1+ Years
  • By Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe complete dry cat food with Chicken 1+ Years
  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Lamb
  • Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Duck
  • Applaws Cat Dry Ocean Fish
  • Applaws Cat Dry Senior Chicken
  • AVA Kitten Chicken
  • AVA Adult Chicken
  • AVA Maine Coon

If you have bought any of the above products you should stop feeding them to your cat. If you have bought an AVA product contact www.petsathome.com and fill out the contact form on the help page or livechat. If you have bought an Applaws product contact www.applaws.com/uk/contact-us. If you have bought a Sainsbury’s product contact www.sainsburys.co.uk/help or their Customer Careline on 0800 636262. If cat owners are concerned about the health of their pet then they should seek immediate advice from their vet.

Follow the link for a full and comprehensive list here from the Governments Food and standards agency, HERE

Fold Hill Foods is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notices.

Customer Notice: Applaws dry cat food recall(Opens in a new window)

Customer notice: Pets at Home AVA & Applaws dry cat food recall(Opens in a new window)

Customer notice: by Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic dry cat food recall

No other Fold Hill Food products are known to be affected

It comes after an outbreak of feline pancytopenia, an illness that can often be fatal in cats.

More than 130 cases of the rare disease have been recorded since April this year, the FSA said.

Pancytopenia is a rare condition where the number of blood cells (red, white and platelets) rapidly decrease, causing serious illness.Advertisement

The FSA said the current outbreak of pancytopenia was potentially linked to specific cat food products, which were being recalled.

But it added there is “no evidence to suggest this outbreak presents any risk to human health”.

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