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2021.06.18 Recall: various hypoallergenic cat food products (update)

The following notice has been issued by the Food Standards Agency.

Fold Hill Foods is taking the precautionary action of recalling several hypoallergenic cat food products because of safety concerns. This product recall information notice has been updated to include all best-before dates for Applaws products with the site code GB218E5009. This is not due to the identification of further safety concerns, but is a voluntary action by the manufacturer to make things easier for consumers to understand which products have been affected.

Product details
Applaws Cat Dry Chicken
Pack sizes: 400 g, 2 kg and 7.5 kg
Batch codes: N/A
Best-before dates: all date codes

Applaws Cat Dry Chicken and Salmon
Pack sizes: 400 g, 2 kg and 7.5 kg
Batch codes: N/A
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA Adult Fish
Pack sizes: 2 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA Adult Mature Chicken 7+
Pack sizes: 2 kg and 4 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA Senior Chicken 12+
Pack sizes: 2 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA Sensitive Skin and Stomach
Pack sizes: 1.5 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA Weight Management
Pack sizes: 1.5 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA Hairball
Pack sizes: 1.5 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA Oral Care
Pack sizes: 1.5 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA British Shorthair
Pack sizes: 1.5 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA Persian
Pack sizes: 1.5 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA Maine Coon
Pack sizes: 1.5 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

Applaws Kitten Dry Chicken
Pack sizes: 400 g, 2 kg and 7.5 kg
Batch codes: N/A
Best-before dates: all date codes

by Sainsbury's Hypoallergenic Recipe complete dry cat food with Salmon 1+ Years
Pack sizes: 800 g
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

by Sainsbury's Hypoallergenic Recipe complete dry cat food with Chicken 1+ Years
Pack sizes: 800 g
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

Applaws Cat Dry Chicken and Lamb
Pack sizes: 400 g, 2 kg and 7.5 kg
Batch codes: N/A
Best-before dates: all date codes

Applaws Cat Dry Chicken and Duck
Pack sizes: 400 g, 2 kg and 7.5 kg
Batch codes: N/A
Best-before dates: all date codes

Applaws Cat Dry Ocean Fish
Pack sizes: 350 g, 1.8 kg and 6 kg
Batch codes: N/A
Best-before dates: all date codes

Applaws Cat Dry Senior Chicken
Pack sizes: 400 g, 2 kg and 7.5 kg
Batch codes: N/A
Best-before dates: all date codes
AVA Kitten Chicken
Pack sizes: 300 g and 2 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

AVA Adult Chicken
Pack sizes: 300 g, 2 kg and 4 kg
Batch codes: all batch codes
Best-before dates: all date codes

Risk statement
There is concern on the safety of the products listed above. There has been an increase in cases of pancytopenia in cats and there is a possible link to the cat food products listed above. Pancytopenia is a very rare condition wherein the number of blood cells (red, white and platelets) rapidly decreases, causing serious illness.

Action taken by the company
Fold Hill Foods is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notices.

Customer Notice: Applaws dry cat food (update 1)

Customer notice: Pets at Home AVA and Applaws dry cat food (update 1)

Customer notice: by Sainsbury's Hypoallergenic dry cat food (update 1)

Our advice to consumers
If you have bought any of the above products you should stop feeding them to your cat. If you have bought an AVA product contact www.petsathome.com and fill out the contact form on the help page or livechat. If you have bought an Applaws product contact www.applaws.com/uk/contact-us. If you have bought a Sainsbury's product contact www.sainsburys.co.uk/help or their Customer Careline on 0800 636262. If cat owners are concerned about the health of their pet then they should seek immediate advice from their vet.

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