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.READ MORE: CDC: COVID-19 Variant That First Emerged In NYC Is Not More Dangerous Than Other Variants
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.READ MORE: Only On 2: New York's Traffic Court To Remain Virtual Despite Other Courts Resuming In-Person Hearings
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.MORE NEWS: New York State Senate Passes Bill Aimed At Cracking Down On Puppy Mills
The company said no other Natural Balance products are included in the recall.