A maker of cat food recalled for excessive zinc levels seems to be denying responsibility for illnesses and deaths linked to its products.

Pet food producer Nutro Products recalled some of its dry food for kittens and adult cats last month, but the company claims it hasn’t received any complaints from pet owners, according to a report on ConsumerAffairs.com.

The Food
The recalled food, which may have delivered 38 times the recommended amount of zinc for a pet, includes Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care and Nutro Max dry foods with expiration dates between May 12, 2010 and Aug. 22, 2010. 

The food had “incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier,” according to the company.  Zinc and potassium are essential nutrients for cats, Nutro told ConsumerAffairs.com.  The affected cat food was distributed to all 50 states, plus Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Israel.

The Claims
During its recall, Nutro said that cat owners who fed their cats the affected food should monitor their pets for symptoms including decreased appetite, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea. 

The company says it hasn’t received reports of problems from consumers, but ConsumerAffairs.com said it heard from several cat owners who claimed that their healthy cats started vomiting, refused to eat, or even died after eating the recalled food.

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