You may have seen recall alerts on social media recently about Hill’s Pet Nutrition cat foods, and while there is a new recall, it doesn’t affect those of us in the United States.
News of the recall – which is limited to parts of Europe as well as Russia – apparently brought Hill’s so many concerned emails and phone calls that the pet food giant decided to publish a clarification on its Facebook page.
“There is no recall of Hill’s products in the U.S.,” the company wrote. Hammering the point home, the announcement continued: “This voluntary recall is restricted to a limited number [of] products sold in Europe and Russia. No Hill’s products sold in the U.S., or in any other region, are impacted by this voluntary recall.”
Information about the recall in the United Kingdom appears here (PDF). The cause is said to be high levels of iron in certain batches of cat food pouches. The company says the affected pouches have already been removed from store shelves.
Here’s the full announcement from Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s U.S. Facebook page:
“There is no recall of Hill’s products in the U.S.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling limited production lots of certain single-serving cat food pouches sold in Europe and Russia because the products contain high levels of iron. Iron is an essential nutrient in a cat’s diet, but too much iron may cause digestive upset, including diarrhea and vomiting, and have more serious health effects.
This voluntary recall is restricted to a limited number products sold in Europe and Russia. No Hill’s products sold in the U.S., or in any other region, are impacted by this voluntary recall.
Hill’s has notified the relevant regulatory authorities in Europe and Russia and is taking appropriate action by voluntarily recalling the affected products there. Hill’s takes great pride in the quality and safety of its pet food products and deeply regrets this situation occurred, which was the result of an error by an ingredient supplier. We are working with our suppliers to further improve product safety procedures and prevent a similar mistake from happening again.”
Regular Petful readers (and our 20,000-plus recall alert subscribers) may remember that Hill’s did have a U.S. recall just a few months ago. Actually, it was technically a “withdrawal,” and it involved a few types of Hill’s Science Diet canned dog food.