- A recall of pet food contaminated with high levels of the toxin affected nearly 20 different popular brands.
- The company behind the various food brands, Sunshine Mills, has already been forced to extend the recall once.
- Check your pet food with the specified lot codes to make sure you are not feeding your dog or cat with contaminated food.
A large pet food recall originally appeared over a month ago and was later expanded recently to include even more lot codes and new products. The booster is due to the presence of high levels of aflatoxin, which is produced by mold. Some level of aflatoxin in food is considered acceptable, but pet foods manufactured by Sunshine Mills, Inc. have been tested for higher than acceptable levels and therefore had to be recalled.
The company sells its food under a variety of brands, which makes the recall a bit difficult, as it’s not just one type of food you need to watch out for, but several. In fact, there are 20 different brands of pet food included in the recall, so let’s dive into the list.
Here is the full list of product brands included in the recall:
- Heart farms
- Happy Life Paws
- Field test
- Good dog
- Hunter’s Special
- Ancient glory
- Pet expert
- Principle Super Premium Natural Food for Dogs
- Retriever bites and bones
- river bed
- Pride of the athlete
- Best runner
- Mustaches and tails
If you happen to have any of these brands of dog or cat food in your home, you should go to the official FDA Recall Bulletin page and compare the lot codes and dates on the list. reminder with the bag (s) you purchased. For some brands, only one batch of food was recalled, while others, like the Old Glory brand, included more than a dozen batch codes, which is a lot of spoiled food.
If you are concerned that you have given your pet some of the contaminated food, the FDA has some very important symptom information you should look for:
Pets poisoned with aflatoxin may exhibit symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tinge of eyes, gums or skin due to liver damage) and / or diarrhea. In some cases, this toxicity can lead to long term liver problems and / or death. Some pets suffer from liver damage without showing any symptoms. Pet owners whose pets have eaten the recalled products should contact their veterinarian, especially if they show signs of illness.
Since this recall has already been extended once, great care should be taken with these brands of pet food. It is possible – not necessarily likely, but possible – that the recall will be extended again. For now, it might be a good idea to simply rebrand until the company is absolutely certain that they are in control of this toxin contamination.