Three Firms Recall Dog Foods Over Unacceptble Aflatoxin Levels

Three firms have recalled dog foods over aflatoxin levels found to be above the acceptable limit.

Aflatoxins are produced by toxigenic strains of Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus, explained Pet Product News. The aflatoxins are found on peanuts, soybeans, corn, and other cereals and produce in the field or when the product is stored and moisture content and temperatures are high enough to encourage mold growth, said Pet Product News, citing the Merck Veterinary Manual. High doses of aflatoxins can lead to severe hepatocellular necrosis, while long-term low doses can lead to reduced growth rate and liver enlargement.

Pets that consumed the recalled dog food and who are showing signs of sickness, including sluggishness or lethargy, a decreased desire to eat, vomiting, a yellowish tint in the eyes or gums, or diarrhea, should be seen by a veterinarian, said Pet Product News.

Retailers have been advised to remove the recalled dog food from their shelves and consumers are advised to return the recalled products—opened or unopened—to the place of purchase for a full refund, said Pet Product News.

Advanced Animal Nutrition

This dog rood recall involves several lots of Advanced Animal Nutrition dry Dog Power Dog Food, which were manufactured between January 4, 2011 and November 18, 2011, and bear packaging Date Codes [lot numbers] K0004 through K1322, said Pet Product News:

• Dog Power Adult Maintenance Formula 21-12 Dog Food, 50-pound bags
• Dog Power Hunters Formula 27-14 Dog Food, 50-pound bags
• Dog Power Hi-Pro Performance Formula 26-18 Dog Food, 50-pound bags

The recalled dog food was distributed in Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Consumers can reach Advanced Animal Nutrition at 1.866.648.7646, said Pet Product News.

To date, said Advanced Animal Nutrition, no adverse health effects concerning the recalled pet food have been reported, according to Pet Product News.

Cargill Animal Nutrition

This recall involves two regional brands of dog food—River Run and Marksman—manufactured at Cargill’s Lecompte, Louisiana facility between December 1, 2010, and December 1, 2011 and bearing packaging date codes (lot numbers) 4K0335 through 4K0365, LL0335 through LL0365, 4K1001 through 4K1335, and LL1001 through LL1335:

• Professional Formula River Run Hi-NRG 24-20 Dog Food, 50-pound bags
• River Run Professional Formula 27-18 Dog Food, 50-pound bags
• River Run 21% Protein Dog Food, 40- and 50-pound bags
• River Run Hi-Pro No-Soy Dog Food, 40- and 50-pound bags
• Marksman Dog Food 24% Protein 20% Fat, 40-pound bags
• Marksman Dog Food 20% Protein 10% Fat, 40- and 50-pound bags
• Marksman Dog Food 28% Protein 18% Fat, 40-pound bags

This recalled dog food was distributed in Kansas, Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Southeast Indiana, Southern Illinois, Hawaii, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and limited areas of Florida and California.

Cargill can be reached at its website or by telephone at 1.855.460.1532 for more information. To date, said Cargill Animal Nutrition, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall and no other Cargill Animal Nutrition pet food products are involved, reported Pet Product News.

The Procter and Gamble Co.

This recall involves a single-production lot of Iams Proactive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food. The product has been retrieved from store shelves; the recall includes Iams Proactive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food with Use By or Expiration Dates of February 5 or 6, 2013 and the following attributes:

• 7.0-pound bag, Code Date 12784177I6, UPC 1901402305
• 8.0-pound bag, Code Dates 12794177D2, 12794177D3, UPC 1901410208
• 17.5-pound bag, Code Dates 2794177K1, 12794177K2, UPC 1901401848

The recalled lot was distributed to retailers in the Eastern United States, including Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Consumers who purchased the recalled Iams dog food should stop using it and contact Iams for a replacement voucher, said Procter and Gamble, wrote Pet Product News.

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