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Dogswell recalls Catswell Vitakitty cat treats

by Therese on July 28, 2012

in Cats, Pet Food Recall

Another Friday pet food recall, this one for cat treats.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 27, 2012 – Arthur Dogswell LLC, Los Angeles, CA 90025, is voluntarily recalling 1051 cartons packed as either 10 or 50 packages per case of Catswell Brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins because it has the potential to contain propylene glycol. High levels of propylene glycol in the treats could result in serious injury to cats. The adverse health impacts could be reducing red blood cell survival time (anemia) and making the cells more susceptible to oxidative damage. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The VitaKitty treats were distributed nationwide via retail stores and mail order from April 13th through June 14th, 2012. This product is packaged in a re-sealable 2 ounce orange plastic bag with a clear window. The VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins lot codes affected are as follows: SEW12CH032701/03c and SEW12CH032702/03c with a best before date of 09/10/13 and 09/11/13, respectively (UPC code 8 84244 00057 2). Lot codes can be found on the bottom right backside of the package.

“We are taking this voluntary action because it is in the best interests of our customers and their feline companions,” says Marco Giannini, CEO and Founder. “We will be working with the FDA in our continued commitment to ensure that we meet FDA guidelines.”

The recall resulted from a routine surveillance sample collected by the Company and the Food and Drug Administration. Arthur Dogswell has ceased distribution of the affected product.

Consumers who have purchased VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins from the affected lot codes are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If the affected product was purchased online, consumers should contact the internet retailer to understand their specific return and refund process. Consumers with questions may contact Arthur Dogswell at 1-888-559-8833 from 8AM to 5PM PST, Monday through Friday, or leave a message at any time.

You’ll find the recall on the FDA website here: Arthur Dogswell LLC Voluntarily Recalls Catswell Brand Vitakitty Chicken Breast With Flaxseed And Vitamins Because Of Possible Health Risk and on the Catswell website.

Hey Dogswell, thanks for putting the recall on your website, but why did you wait until Friday to announce it? I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to know why you didn’t announce it during the week when more pet owners would see it. I know somebody from Dogswell is reading this, so please enlighten us.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tuck the Law Dog July 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

When Dogswell first enterred the market, the labels said made in China. I never bought it or considered it again.


Brad Armistead July 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Hi, I’m Brad Armistead, Vice President of Marketing for Dogswell and Catswell. We learned that 2 batches of Catswell product did not meet with the FDA’s guidelines on Thursday, July 26th around 1pm PST. We quickly wrote up a press release which was sent by the end of the day to the FDA for approval. They got back to us with their revisions on Friday, July 27th and, as required by the FDA, we immediately uploaded it to the Associated Press. No company ever wants to recall product, but when we learned that these two batches were not FDA compliant, we knew what we needed to do and followed the FDA voluntary recall guidelines as fully as we could. If you have any further questions, please contact us at 888-559-8833 or info@dogswell.com.


Therese July 31, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Brad, thank you for responding.


san diego dog wash August 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Is Vitakitty a popular cat treat? I think I haven’t noticed them in pet stores. Anyway, it’s a good thing the company addressed this recall asap. And thanks Therese, for giving us a head’s up!


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