The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding the dog food recall for certain multiple brands of products that may contain unsafe levels of a toxin called aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a by-product of a type of mold (Aspergillus flavus) that the FDA says can grow on grain commonly used in pet food. If pets consume too much aflatoxin, it can lead to illness and, in some severe cases, long-term liver problems and / or death.
Pet food company Sunshine Mills, Inc. first announced its voluntary recall on September 2 after the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (DAF) found elevated levels of aflatoxins in a bag of dog food during routine sample tests. (According to the Sunshine Mills announcement on October 9th, there have been no reports of disease-related products being recalled.) The initial recall included 1
A subsequent FDA investigation traced the products to a single batch of high aflatoxin corn used as an ingredient in products manufactured April 3-5, 2020 and distributed to retailers nationwide. On October 8, Sunshine Mills expanded the dog food recall to include other products made with this batch of corn, adding several lots of 21 additional products from 15 other brands (including two cat food products). The FDA and Louisiana DAF are currently investigating this and other potentially unsafe corn-based pet foods from the Sunshine Mills manufacturing facility. You can add new products to the recall list and update this page as you learn more.
If you own any of the recalled products, stop feeding your pet, throw them away, and see a veterinarian – especially if your pet shows signs of aflatoxin poisoning. Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning may include sluggishness, diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or gums). However, it’s also possible for pets to experience liver damage from aflatoxin without showing any signs of illness, according to the FDA. Hence, regardless of whether your pet is sick, you should consult a veterinarian. The FDA also recommends disinfecting food bowls, scoops, and storage containers with bleach and water conditioners.
According to Sunshine Mills, customers can return a partially used bag of recalled groceries to the place where they were purchased for a full refund. And you can report suspected aflatoxin poisoning to the FDA. By the way: During the FDA does It is recommended to wash hands after touching pet food. There is no evidence that handling products containing aflatoxin increases the risk of aflatoxin poisoning for humans.