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Cats have still died MONTHS after they stopped eating “poisoned” food – .


Yesterday 340 deaths linked to the cat food “poisoning” scandal were recorded, as cases of pets were victimized months after stopping eating the marks.

Figures from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) showed the death toll increased by ten in a week – but the true total would be much higher due to undocumented cases.

It comes amid worrying revelations that symptoms of the deadly disease, pancytopenia, might not appear until weeks after cats stop eating the food.

Pictured is the tabby cat Cameron who sadly died of pancytopenia after eating recalled pet food

Joanna Michael, 50, lost her beloved nine-year-old tabby Cameron on Saturday despite putting Pets at Home on AVA during her recall on June 15.

Owners may also learn that there is a problem with the recalled food only when they look to purchase more and find that it is no longer available.

Joanna Michael, 50, lost her beloved nine-year-old tabby cat Cameron on Saturday despite the withdrawal of Pets at Home’s AVA during its recall on June 15.

A distressing video shows him gasping for breath before having to be shot when he was “fit and healthy” just 48 hours earlier.

A direct link has yet to be proven between the recalled brands Applaws, AVA and Sainsbury’s hypoallergenic recipe – all made by Fold Hill Foods – but the RVC and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are investigating.

Ms Michael, an accountant who lives with her stonemason husband Ian, 61, in Childswickham, Worcestershire, said: “I only gave Cameron this food for two weeks.

“It didn’t cross my mind to have it checked when the recall was issued. He hadn’t even had half the bag and was in perfect health.

Cameron was taken to the vet on Friday after he stopped eating. He was given steroids but deteriorated rapidly overnight. Vets later diagnosed her with pancytopenia – when the number of blood cells drops rapidly. “There was no doubt in the vet’s mind that it was the food,” Ms. Michael said.

“She said it could take months to appear and he had all the symptoms… We had to make the decision to put him down. It was awful.

Ms Michael added: “Someone has to be held accountable for this. It comes as a doctor slammed the FSA for “dragging its feet” after discovering that the “source” of her cat’s death was food.

Dr Belinda Adams, 36, stopped feeding her six Applaws kittens after the death of their mother, Coco, but they fell ill two weeks later and she was forced to euthanize half the litter.

A direct link has not yet been proven between the recalled brands Applaws, AVA and Sainsbury's hypoallergenic recipe - all made by Fold Hill Foods - but the RVC and Food Standards Agency (FSA) are investigating

A direct link has yet to be proven between the recalled brands Applaws, AVA and Sainsbury’s hypoallergenic recipe – all made by Fold Hill Foods – but the RVC and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are investigating.

She had used her medical training to determine that Coco’s food was the likely cause of her death on May 28 and within 72 hours she found 13 more cases on social media.

But despite the RVC informing the FSA of an increase in cases on May 24, the government regulator took three weeks to issue a recall.

Dr Adams, who lives with her husband Christopher, 44, in Nunhead, south-east London, said: ‘I think the FSA has been very slow on this. They are dragging their feet. She added, “I messaged people on social media and within days I had established a link between this brand of food and the disease. Why were we able to do it, but not the FSA? “

The FSA said: “We continue to work with [the RVC] and other regulatory bodies to investigate, including more extensive sampling and screening for all possible toxins.

Fold Hill Foods said, “We continue to cooperate fully with the FSA and RVC as they continue to investigate all potential causes of pancytopenia cases. “

Pets at Home is working with experts to find the source of the illness and Sainsbury’s is supporting the investigation.

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