Dog food recall issued after potentially deadly mold discovered

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This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a company has voluntarily recalled certain dog food products after a potentially deadly mold was discovered. The FDA stated:

Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of certain dog food products due to levels of Aflatoxin that are potentially above the acceptable limit. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry discovered elevated levels of the Aflotoxin during routine sampling of the dog food. So far, no illnesses from the food have been reported. Out of an abundance of caution, Sunshine Mills, Inc. decided to voluntarily recall products which may be contaminated.

Symptoms to watch for

The FDA has advised owners to watch for certain symptoms if their pets have consumed contaminated 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.

Products sold at retailers across the nation

Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves. There are no other Family Pet®, Heartland Farms®, or Paws Happy Life® products or other lot codes of these products affected by this precautionary recall.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. Customer Service at (800) 705-2111 from 7AM to 4PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at customer.service@sunshinemills.com for additional information.

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