A variety of canned cat food is being recalled due to elevated levels of an ingredient that can cause medical problems or even death.  The J. M. Smucker Company is voluntarily recalling one lot of their Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Pate Formula due to elevated levels of Choline Chloride - an ingredient in the product.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the concern over ingestion is serious in nature:

"Ingesting impacted product may cause nausea with excessive salivation, constricted pupils and poor vision, diarrhea or vomiting to more severe symptoms including difficulty walking, muscle shaking, tremors, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, possible cardiac or respiratory failure and, in extreme situations, death. Pet parents are encouraged to contact their cat’s veterinarian immediately if their cat is displaying any of these symptoms."

At the present time, the recall only involves the Chicken & Liver Pate Formula and not other varieties of Natural Balance canned cat food.  Here are the specifics:  Natural Balance® Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula canned cat food - sold in the 5.5 oz can.  Retail UPC Code: 2363353227.  Lot Code:  9217803.  Best If Used By Date:  08 04 2021.  This information is readily available on the bottom of the cans of cat food.

Consumers who have cans of the affected cat food in their possession should not feed the product to their pet.  The company has received reports of adverse reactions.  If you have questions or concerns, you're asked to call 888-569-6828, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET (or 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT).

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