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Propylene Glycol Detected in Chicken Prompts Recall

EMSL Analytical offers testing services for possible propylene glycol and other chemical contaminations.


The discovery of propylene glycol in Catswell Brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins has prompted Arthur Dogswell, LLC to voluntarily recall 1,051 cartons of the petfood.
The recalled treats were distributed nationwide to various retail stores, as well as through mail orders between April 13, and June 14, 2012. The VitaKitty Chicken Breast treats are packaged in a re-sealable 2 ounce orange plastic bag.
The infected products were detected during a routine inspection by Arthur Dogswell LLC and the FDA. Since then the company has stopped distribution of the affected product.
Propylene glycol is a nearly tasteless and odorless synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water or acts as a moistening agent. Although propylene glycol is recognized as safe for humans, dogs, or cattle, the chemical could cause serious health problems in cats when consumed in high quantities due to their unique sensitivity to it.
The ingestion of propylene glycol by cats induces the “Heinz Body” syndrome, manifested by shortening the life of the red blood cells. Some other health risks include anemia, a condition in which not enough red blood cells are produced, and oxidative damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), propylene glycol also increases the amount of acid in cats’ bodies.
“In cases as this one, EMSL Analytical offers its expertise in analyzing a variety of food products for chemicals,” states Shannon Kauffman, EMSL’s Food Chemistry Laboratory Manager. “When testing for propylene glycol, our dedicated team maintains strict adherence to our Quality Assurance/Quality Control programs and regulatory requirements.”
For more information about EMSL’s food testing division, please contact EMSL at 800-220-3675, , or visit or

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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