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Further Dog Food Recalls in the US due to Aflatoxins

The FDA has just announced that another dog food manufacturer in the US has had to remove their products from the shelves.

Once again, higher than acceptable levels of the fungal mould aflatoxin have been discovered. Now, with three recalls in such a short space of time this can’t be a mere coincidence? What is going on! Has a bulk batch of contaminated cereal grains been sold to the major pet food producers? Or has the FDA just upped their detection techniques?

See below for more information of the affected batches. Once again, only the US is affected, but it does make you wonder how safe our pet foods actually are? Is it finally time to give up on the large manufacturers and start making our own food or is that a major over-reaction?

Affected Products

Now it is the turn of Advanced Animal Nutrition to ‘voluntarily’ remove their dog food products from the shelves. Affected products include:

  • 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

Only products manufactured between January 4th and November 11th 2011 are affected by the aflatoxin contamination. Also, only products with the packaging codes K0004 through K1322 are affected.

There are still yet-to-be any illnesses reported from aflatoxin from any of the recalls. It is likely that if the levels of contamination were dangerously high, reports would have started to come in about aflatoxin induced illnesses by now.

Hopefully, this is just the FDA being extremely cautions and alerting manufacturers to levels of aflatoxins only marginally over the acceptable limit of aflatoxin concentration.

If you are worried about aflatoxosis (illness caused by aflatoxins) you should contact your vet and make them aware of the situation (if they are not aware already). We can offer advice to those of you with minor concerns, but please seek out professional veterinary advice if your pet  is showing signs of aflatoxosis (sluggishness, lethargy, reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhoea).

About James Watts

BSc Bioveterinary Science. Editor of PetSci. When I'm not writing, learning, discussing, or reading about animals, you know it's the weekend! Currently developing PetSci HealthTrak, the fast and easy way to monitor your pet's weight and calorie intake. HealthTrak offers a simple way to track your pet's progress, helping them achieve a healthy weight and a long, happy life.

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