Sunshine Mills issued a voluntary recall of three dog food products due to elevated levels of aflatoxin, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Aflatoxin is a by-product naturally caused by mold and it can be harmful to pets if consumed in large quantities.
The recall announced Wednesday by Family Pet Meaty Cuts, chicken and cheese flavors, excellent dog food, Heartland Farms roast favorites, beef, chicken and cheese flavor, and dog food of choice Paws Happy Life. The products were distributed in retail stores across the country.
So far, no illnesses related to these products have been reported, the FDA says, and other Sunshine Mills products have not been affected by pet food. The FDA says these products have been withdrawn as a precaution and no associated adverse health effects have been reported.
The FDA statement reads: “A veterinarian should see pets who have consumed any of the recalled products and are showing symptoms of disease including lethargy or lethargy accompanied by refraining from eating, vomiting, a yellowish tint in the eyes, gums, or diarrhea.” .
Retailers have been required to withdraw affected products from their inventory and customers who have purchased products can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The potential for aflatoxin levels to be higher than the acceptable limit in these products was discovered through routine sampling that the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry conducted, says the Food and Drug Administration.