At PETCO, the health and wellbeing of pets are our primary concern, and we want to alert you that Procter & Gamble initiated a voluntary recall today of its Iams wet cat food products out of concern that thiamine (Vitamin B1), an ingredient in the food, loses potency over time.
Based on that information, we have directed our store teams to remove all Iams wet cat food from our shelves. In addition, our registers have been programmed to prevent the sale of these products at checkout.
Our chief veterinarian advises us that insufficient thiamine (Vitamin B1) over a short period – five or six months, for example – would not likely cause any adverse health effects in your cat. If you feed your cat products in addition to Iams, your pet should not have any health implications. If you feed Iams wet cat exclusively, your cat could be at risk.
While the P&G news release issued today advises consumers to throw away unused product, we expect to have a process for PETCO customers to return product and obtain a refund. We’ll post more info about that process as we learn more.
For more details on the recall and information on potential health implications read the full news release from P&G.