NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A warning for pet parents! The J.M. Smucker Company is voluntarily recalling one lot of Natural Balance canned cat food due to potential deadly health concerns.

The company said it received reports of pets having adverse reactions to 5.5 oz. cans of Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula.

The concerns are likely due to elevated levels of choline chloride, the company said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said cats ingesting the product could suffer nausea with excessive salivation, constricted pupils and poor vision, diarrhea or vomiting, or more severe symptoms like difficulty walking, muscle shaking, tremors, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing and possible cardiac or respiratory failure sometimes leading to death.

Pet owners who notice any of these symptoms should call their cat’s veterinarian right away, and throw out the potentially deadly cat food.

The affected products include the following information on the bottom of the cans:

  • Product Name: Natural Balance® Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula canned cat food
    5.5 oz can
  • Retail UPC Code: 2363353227
  • Lot Code: 9217803
  • Best If Used By Date: 08 04 2021

The product is commonly sold in pet specialty stores and online throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The company said no other Natural Balance products are included in the recall.

Comments (3)
  1. KBohn says:

    I reported this cat food several months ago (exact batch) because our cats would not eat it!
    I received an email from Natural Balance on April 2, 2020 saying that they analyzed the lot and there was nothing wrong with it!!!! They included the analysis report which I still have.
    I will NO longer trust Natural Balance Cat food! This is criminal in my mind!!! I also tried to report it to Pet Smart and they didn’t care.

  2. Lady kerr says:

    errrr, their “Special Kitty” nearly killed my ragdoll. They were supposed to reimburse me the 1,104 vet bill. . . Never Happened. Last minute the “secretary” decided my kitty was to young to eat “special Kitty” (10months old) and refused my claim? She left a really bizarre message on my cell. They did however reimburse me for the price of the tainted food. WTW??

  3. Jc says:

    Not the first time.and Jm smackers are the non organic stuff but claim organic.

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