The FSA and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have warned cat owners not to give their pets dry food made in the name of the brands by manufacturer Fold Hill Foods , as a precaution.
It occurs after an outbreak of feline pancytopenia, a disease that can often be fatal in cats.
More than 130 cases of the rare disease have been recorded since April this year, the FSA said.
Pancytopenia is a rare disease in which the number of blood cells (red, white, and platelets) decreases rapidly, causing serious illness.
The FSA said the current outbreak of pancytopenia was potentially linked to specific cat food products, which were being recalled.
But he added that there was “no evidence to suggest that this epidemic poses a risk to human health.”
The government is working with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the Animal Plant and Health Agency, as well as with UK authorities and the pet food supply chain to investigate a possible link between specific cat food products and feline pancytopenia.
A government spokesperson said: “There is no definitive evidence to confirm a link at this point.
“No unsafe cat food has been identified, but the manufacturer and affected brand owners, based on investigations to date, are taking precautionary action by recalling and removing cat food products that have been linked to the affected cats. “
Cat owners are urged to purchase alternative pet foods and seek immediate help if their pet has eaten any of the recalled products and is not feeling well.
Products from Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe line and Pets at Home’s Ava line are being recalled, Fold Hill Foods said.
Applaws products, which are sold by Amazone and other pet food stores, can also be dangerous.
Fold Hill Foods said pet safety was its top priority, explaining how the recall was the “safest course of action” until an exact cause was identified.
General Manager Ben Mankertz said: “As cat owners we fully understand how upsetting and stressful this situation is for families and although diet has not been confirmed to be the cause, we would prefer act now to keep cats absolutely safe. “
We do not recommend that cat owners feed their cats specific cat foods.
This follows an increase in cases of feline pancytopenia which can cause serious illness in cats.
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A spokesperson for Pets at Home also said the health and welfare of pets was its “top priority”, adding: “This is a precautionary measure while further investigations are carried out. and we are working closely with the FSA, RVC and the industry at large to determine the cause.
“In the meantime, our colleagues in the store are on hand to help customers choose a suitable alternative. “
The recalled products are:
Sainsburys Hypoallergenic Recipe Complete kibble for cats with salmon 1 + years 800g
Sainsburys Hypoallergenic Recipe Complete kibble for cats with chicken 1+ years 800g
Pets at home:
Ava Chaton Chicken 300g and 2kg
Ava Adult Chicken 300g, 2kg and 4kg
Ava Adult Fish 2kg
Ava Mature Chicken 7+ 2kg and 4kg
Ava Senior Chicken 12+ 2kg
Ava Sensitive Skin & Stomach 1.5kg
Ava weight management 1.5kg
Ava Hairball 1.5kg
Ava Oral Care 1.5kg
Ava British Shorthair 1.5kg
Ava Persan 1.5kg
Ava Maine Coon 1.5kg
Applaws Products (Expiration date between December 2022 and June 2023 with a site reference code GB218E5009):
Applaws Cat Dry Chicken 400g, 2kg et 7.5kg
Applaws Cat Dry Senior Poulet 400g, 2kg et 7.5kg
Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Salmon 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg
Applaws Kitten Dry Chicken 400g, 2kg et 7.5kg
Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Lamb 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg
Applaws Cat Dry Poulet & Canard 400g, 2kg et 7.5kg
Applaws Cat Dry Ocean Fish 350g, 1.8kg et 6kg