Recall alert: Mold byproduct prompts expanded dog food recall

Mold byproduct prompts expanded dog food recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded a previously announced dog food recall because products may contain unsafe levels of aflatoxin, known to cause illness and death in pets.

Sunshine Mills' expanded voluntary recall affects dog foods distributed in the United States, Japan and Colombia, the FDA stated.

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The original recall was issued over concerns the products contained above-limit levels of aflatoxin, which the FDA said at the time is a “naturally occurring mold byproduct from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.”

Among the products included in the expanded recall are Principle Super Premium Natural Dog Food, exported exclusively to a distributor in Japan, and Sportsman’s Pride Maintenance Adult Formula Dog Food, exported to a distributor in Japan and Colombia.

According to the FDA, pets with aflatoxin toxicity, also known as aflatoxicosis, often exhibit symptoms such as sluggishness or lethargy, “combined with a reluctance to eat; vomiting; yellowish tint to the eyes or gums; diarrhea; and, in some cases, death.”

Pet owners with further questions or concerns can contact the company’s customer service line at (800) 705-2111 or email customer.service@sunshinemills.com.

On Sept. 2, Sunshine Mills recalled certain Family Pet, Heartland Farms and Paws Happy Life products after a retail product sample was found by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry to contain an unsafe level of aflatoxin.

The company expanded the recall Oct. 8 to include certain Champ, Field Trial, Good Dog, Hunter’s Special, Old Glory, Paws Happy Life, Pet Expert, Principle, Retriever, River Bend, Sportsman’s Pride, Sprout, Thrifty, Top Runner and Whiskers & Tails products.

See the complete list of recalled items below:

Family Pet Meaty Cuts Beef, Chicken & Cheese Premium Dog Food (4 lb): UPC 3225120694 Lot Code TD3 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TD1 5/APRIL/2020

Family Pet Meaty Cuts Beef, Chicken & Cheese Premium Dog Food (14 lb.): UPC 3225118078 Lot Code TB1 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TB2 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TB3 3/APRIL/2020

Family Pet Meaty Cuts Beef, Chicken & Cheese Premium Dog Food (28 lb.): UPC 3225120694 Lot Code TB3 3/APRIL/2020

Heartland Farms Grilled Favorites Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavor Dog Food (14 lb.): UPC 7015514299 Lot Code TB1 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TB2 4/APRIL/2020

Heartland Farms Grilled Favorites Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavor Dog Food (31 lb.): UPC 7015514301 Lot Code TA2 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TA3 4/APRIL/2020

Paws Happy Life Butcher’s Choice Dog Food (16 lb.): UPC 3680035763 Lot Code TA1 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TA2 4/APRIL/2020

Champ Mini Chunk Dog Food Beef and Chicken Flavor (12-lb. bags): UPC 7328315416 Lot Code TC2 3/APRIL/2020

Field Trial Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food (16-lb. bags): UPC 7015514530 Lot Code TC2 4/APRIL/2020

Good Dog Brand Dog Food Hi-Energy Formula (50-lb. bags): UPC 5216624165 Lot Code TA1 5/APRIL/2020

Hunter’s Special Dog Food Hi Energy Formula (50-lb. bags): UPC 7015510145 Lot Code TA1 5/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TA2 5/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TA3 5/APRIL/2020

Hunter’s Special Dog Food Maintenance Formula (50-lb. bags): UPC 7015510135 Lot Code TB3 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TB1 5/APRIL/2020

Hunter’s Special Farm & Ranch Recipe Super Chunks Dog Food (50-lb. bags): UPC 70155 10182 Lot Code TC2 5/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TC3 5/APRIL/2020

Old Glory Hearty Beef & Chicken Flavor Dog Food (4-lb. bags): UPC 7015514339 Lot Code TE3 3/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TE2 4/APRIL/2020

Old Glory Hearty Beef & Chicken Flavor Dog Food (12.75-lb. bags): UPC 7015514298 Lot Code TA3 3/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TB1 3/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TC1 3/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TC2 3/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TC3 3/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TA1 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TC1 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TA2 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TB2 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TC2 4/APRIL/2020

Paws Happy Life Nutritionally Complete Dog Food (17-lb. bags) UPC 3680042561 Lot Code TC2 4/APRIL/2020

Pet Expert Always Fit Formula (50-lb. bags): UPC 5208887976 Lot Code TC2 5/APRIL/2020

Principle Super Premium Natural Dog Food Breeder Pack (40-lb. bags): UPC 580179 586032 Lot Code TA3 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TA1 5/APRIL/2020

Retriever Bites & Bones Adult Complete Nutrition Savory Chicken Flavor (52lb. bags): UPC 4939422642 Lot Code TC3 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TC1 5/APRIL/2020

River Bend Dog Food Basic Nutrition (40-lb. bags): No UPC Lot Code TC1 5/APRIL/2020

River Bend Dog Food Basic Nutrition (50-lb. bags): No UPC Lot Code TC1 5/APRIL/2020

River Bend Dog Food Select (50-lb. bags): No UPC Lot Code TB3 4/APRIL/2020

Sportsman’s Pride Maintenance Adult Formula Dog Food (20-lb. bags): UPC 7015510082 Lot Code TB1 5/APRIL/2020

Sportsman’s Pride Maintenance Adult Formula Dog Food (50-lb. bags): UPC 7015510110 Lot Code TB1 5/APRIL/2020

Sprout Bites & Bones (50-lb. bags): UPC 7015505091 Lot Code TC2 4/APRIL/2020

Sprout Hi-Protein (cat food) (20-lb. bags): UPC 70155505120 Lot Code TI2 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TI3 4/APRIL/2020

Sprout Hi-Protein (cat food) (40-lb. bags): UPC 7015505119 Lot Code TI3 4/APRIL/2020

Thrifty Adult Dog Food (12 lb. bags): UPC 7015513096 Lot Code TI1 3/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TI2 3/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TI3 3/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TA2 4/APRIL/2020

Sprout Maintenance (40-lb. bags): UPC 7015505096 Lot Code TB1 5/APRIL/2020

Sprout Puppy (20-lb. bags): UPC 7015505095 Lot Code TA3 4/APRIL/2020 Lot Code TA1 5/APRIL/2020

Top Runner Premium Dog Food (50-lb. bags): UPC 3540650070 Lot Code TB1 3/APRIL/2020

Whiskers & Tails Adult Recipe Complete Dog Food (17-lb. bags): UPC 2114003022 Lot Code TC2 4/APRIL/2020