Single Lot of Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management Canned Cat Food Recalled Due to Low Level of Thiamine

PetMD Editorial
May 12, 2012
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Nestlé Purina PetCare is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management canned cat food due to a low level of thiamine.

According to a press release obtained by Nestlé Purina PetCare, the voluntary recall was a precautionary measure in response to one consumer complaint received by FDA. Analytical testing of the product sample by FDA indicated a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1). Purina has received no other complaints of thiamine-related or any other health issues related to this product.

Only cans with the following “Best By” date and production code, which are found on the bottom of the can, are included in this voluntary recall:

Purina Veterinary Diets OM (Overweight Management) Feline Formula
Can Size 5.5 oz.
"Best By" Date & Production Code* JUN 2013 11721159
UPC Code 38100 - 13810

Cats fed this affected lot exclusively 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 and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, falling, circling and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Consumers who have purchased Purina Veterinary Diets OM canned cat food cans with these specific “Best By” Date and Production Codes should discontinue feeding the product, and discard it. This product was distributed to veterinary clinics between June 2011 and May 2012 throughout the U.S. and Canada. The product is not sold in retail stores.

For further information or to obtain a product refund, please contact Nestlé Purina as follows:

Consumers & Veterinarians: Call toll-free (800) 982-8837 Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM Central Time, or visit

Canadian Consumers & Veterinarians: Call toll-free (866) 884-8387 Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Eastern Time, or visit

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