Popular Canned Cat Food Recalled For Thiamine Deficiency

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J.M. Smucker has issued a volunteer recall of 9Lives® Protein Plus® wet, canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

No illness has been reported by pet owners, but the manufacturer has decided to recall the product out of an abundance of caution.

The J.M. Smucker recall joins a growing number of others for the year of 2018.

Source: FDA
9Lives® Protein Plus® With Tuna & Liver


Source: FDA
9Lives® Protein Plus® With Tuna & Chicken


What Is Recalled?

According to the FDA recall statement, the following product is being recalled:

Product Name UPC code Product Size Best if Used By Date
9Lives® Protein Plus® With Tuna & Chicken 7910021549 4 pack of cans, 5.5 oz each Mar. 27, 2020-Nov. 14, 2020
9Lives® Protein Plus® With Tuna & Liver 7910021748 4 pack of cans, 5.5 oz each Apr. 17, 2020 – Sept. 14, 2020

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Thiamine deficiency can cause gastrointestinal or neurological issues in cats.


Bags affected by this recall have a Best By Date code of February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020 printed on the back or bottom of each bag.

Where was it sold?

These products were distributed by The J.M. Smucker company to a variety of retailers nationwide. No other 9Lives® products or products of The J.M. Smucker Company are impacted by this recall. The FDA affirms that all other J.M. Smucker dog and cat food products are safe to feed to pets.

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If you have the affected products at home, return them to the manufacturer for a full refund.


Symptoms of Thiamine deficiency

Cats who lack thiamine in their diet may exhibit gastrointestinal or neurological symptoms such as:

  • decreased appetite
  • salivation
  • vomiting
  • failure to grow
  • weight loss

“In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, mental dullness, blindness, wobbly walking, circling, falling, seizures, and sudden death,” the FDA maintains.

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No pets have yet been reported ill from the affected products.


What should you do?

According to the FDA, pet owners and those caring for pets should stop feeding the products listed above immediately. If you parents have questions or would like to receive a refund or coupon for replacement product, email the J.M. Smucker company by completing the FDA’s online form or calling 1-888-569-6828, Monday through Friday, between 8 AM and 6 PM EST.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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