Check the list below to see if your dog food brand is included in the recall.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced an expansion of a voluntary recall on 18 dog food brands. The recall was issued over a concern that all the products may contain an above-acceptable level of Aflatoxin, a by-product of mold.
The foods manufactured by Sunshine Mills, a family-owned company from Alabama, were sold under different brand names. Previously, the company had done a voluntary recall of six products on September 2, when the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry found unsafe Aflatoxin levels in one of their dog food samples.
Brands like Champ Mini Chunk Dog Food Beef and Chicken Flavor, Whiskers & Tails Adult Recipe Complete Dog Food, Good Dog Brand Dog Food Hi-Energy Formula, Old Glory Hearty Beef & Chicken Flavor Dog Food, Paws Happy Life Nutritionally Complete Dog Food are affected in the recent recall. The products have already been distributed to retailers across the country.
What is Aflatoxin toxicity and what are its symptoms?
Aflatoxin is a by-product of a type of mold (Aspergillus flavus) which can grow in corns and grains used in pet food. This product can even be present in the food without any visible mold. If consumed in high quantity, the product can cause severe illness, liver issues, or even death. Some symptoms of aflatoxin toxicity, also known as aflatoxicosis, are:
- sluggishness or lethargy
- loss of appetite
- a yellowish tint to the eyes or gums (an indication of liver