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Nutrish Wet Cat Food Varieties Voluntarily Recalled for Elevated Vitamin D Levels

By Deidre Grieves    June 05, 2015 at 06:30PM

Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, located in Meadville, Pa., has issued a voluntary pet food recall for five varieties of Rachael Ray Nutrish wet cat food due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D.


Symptoms of excessive Vitamin D consumption may include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and muscle tremors or seizures. Symptoms usually develop within 12-36 hours after ingestion. To date, there have been 11 reports of illness associated with these products.


The affected lots involved in this cat food recall include:


Single Packs

Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver (2.8 oz)

Unit UPC Code: 071190007032    

Best by Dates Through: Aug 17, 2015


Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatorie (2.8 oz.)

Unit UPC Code: 071190007049    

Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016


Ocean Fish-a-licious (2.8 oz.)

Unit UPC Code: 071190007056    

Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016


Tuna Purrfection (2.8 oz.)

Unit UPC Code: 071190007063    

Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016


Lip Smackin’ Sardine ‘N Mackerel (2.8 oz.)

Unit UPC Code: 071190007070    

Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016


Multi Packs - 12 Count


Chicken Lovers Variety Pack (12 count pack of 2.8 oz. cups)

Unit UPC Code: 071190007773    

Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016


Ocean Lovers Variety Pack (12 count pack of 2.8 oz. cups)

Unit UPC Code: 071190007780    

Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016


Pet owners can find the UPC code on the bottom of the cup, and the “Best By” date can on the side of the cup.


Ainsworth confirmed that the lots of cat food tested positive for elevated levels of Vitamin D after doing multiple product evaluations. The high levels of Vitamin D occurred naturally due to fish ingredients that were used in the affected products.


"At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and Rachael Ray Nutrish, the safety and quality of our products is our top priority," says Jeff Watters, CEO of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. "For the time being, we recommend disposing of any of the affected wet cat varieties. We sincerely apologize to our loyal consumers everywhere."


Ainsworth is working with retailers to ensure the removal of all affected products from store shelves. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Ainsworth’s Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486 or visit www.nutrishforpets.com/news. Representatives will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.