In another recall of dry dog food for elevated levels of aflatoxin, Cargill Animal Nutrition on Wednesday said it was pulling two regional brands of its dry dog food – River Run and Marksman.
Aflatoxins are produced by Aspergillus, a common fungus that can be the result of moldy corn or other grains. It can cause liver damage in significant quantities.
Cargill says it has heard no reports of illness, but pets that have consumed any of the recalled dog food should be seen by a veterinarian if they have symptoms such as sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea.
The recalled dog foods are:
- PROFESSIONAL FORMULA RIVER RUN HI-NRG 24-20 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
- RIVER RUN PROFESSIONAL FORMULA 27-18 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
- RIVER RUN 21% Protein Dog Food, 40 and 50 pound bags
- RIVER RUN Hi-Pro No-Soy Dog Food, 40 and 50 pound bags
- MARKSMAN DOG FOOD 24% Protein 20% Fat, 40 pound bags
- MARKSMAN DOG FOOD 20% Protein 10% Fat, 40 and 50 pound bags
- MARKSMAN DOG FOOD 28% Protein 18% Fat, 40 pound bags
The recall applies only to the above products with these packaging date codes (lot numbers): 4K0335 through 4K0365, LL0335 through LL0365, 4K1001 through 4K1335 and LL1001 through LL1335. Cargill says no other of its Animal Nutrition pet food products are involved.
The recalled dry dog food, which was manufactured at Cargill’s Lecompte, LA, facility between Dec. 1, 2010, and Dec. 1, 2011, and distributed in Kansas, Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Southeast Indiana, Southern Illinois, Hawaii, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and limited areas of Florida and California.
Consumers can return the recalled dog food - whether in opened or unopened packages — to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, including photos of products involved, go to www.cargill.com/feed/dog-food-recall or call toll free 855-460-1532.© Food Safety News