As pet parents, we try to give our furry family members the best nutrition possible. Unfortunately, pet foods are subject to recalls, just like products for human consumption. This week, multiple brands of dog food tested positive for a mold toxin. Here’s what you need to know.
Sunshine Mills Pulls Dog Food Due to Aflatoxin
Sunshine Mills produces 12 different brands of pet food, including Paula Deen’s Home Cookin’ Pet Life, Triumph, Evolve, and Nurture Farms. Only three of those brands are involved in this week’s recall, however.
The manufacturer is pulling dog food with the Family Pet, Heartland Farms, and Paw Happy Life branding. These brands could be tainted with dangerously high levels of Aflatoxin. This is a mold by-product caused by the overgrowth of Aspergillus flavus.
This recall covers the following products:
- FAMILY PET® MEATY CUTS BEEF CHICKEN & CHEESE FLAVORS PREMIUM DOG FOOD in 4 lb, 14 lb, and 28 lb sizes
- HEARTLAND FARMS® GRILLED FAVORITES
BEEF CHICKEN & CHEESE FLAVOR in 14 lb and 31 lb sizes
- PAWS HAPPY LIFE® BUTCHER’S CHOICE DOG FOOD in 16 lb size
All of the products have a lot code of 3-5 April 2020.
You can return the pet food to the place you bought it for a refund. Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. Customer Service at (800) 705-2111 from 7 AM to 4 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Should You Take Your Dog to the Vet?
According to the FDA, there are no reports of illness related to the Aflatoxin contamination. However, the agency recommends keeping an eye on dogs that might have consumed the recalled food.
“Pets that have consumed any of the recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian,” the FDA warns.
Additional Recall for Salmonella Contamination
This dog food recall is separate from the one we reported on last week. The earlier recall of Nature’s Menu Super Premium Dog Food was due to potential salmonella contamination. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap:
Random testing by the Georgia Department of Agriculture revealed salmonella in one bag of the pet food. Out of an abundance of caution, manufacturer Sunshine Mills is recalling any lots that might be contamination. Look for these product codes: UPC 7015514363 and UPC 7015514365.
Salmonella contamination in pet food can also make humans sick. It’s important to dispose of any recalled products as soon as possible. Don’t feed them to your pets. Put the products in sealed bags and place them directly in a trash can or dumpster.