A production lot of dry Iams dog food has been recalled due to high aflatoxin levels, according to Iams manufacturer, the Procter & Gamble Co.

Procter & Gamble says no illnesses have been reported, but advises consumers who purchased the recalled product to stop feeding it to their pets and to discard it.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mycotoxin from the growth of various species of Aspergillus, a fungus, and can be harmful to pets’ livers if consumed in significant quantities. Pets that ate this product and have 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. 

The recalled pet food with aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit is Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food with use-by or expiration dates of February 5 or February 6, 2013:

– 7.0 lb bag, code date 12784177I6, UPC code 1901402305

– 8.0 lb bag, code date 12794177D2 and 12794177D3, UPC code 1901410208

– 17.5 lb bag, code date 12794177K1 and 12794177K2, UPC code 1901401848


The recalled dog food lot was distributed to some retailers, including Walmart and Food City, 

in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

According to Procter & Gamble, the retailers have already removed the recalled food from store shelves and that no other Iams dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected.

The company says consumers can learn how to get a replacement voucher or get more information by contacting  P&G toll-free at 866-908-1569 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or via www.iams.com

  • Is this the reason FDA get a warning last month?

  • Robert

    Not all had removed them. Went to Pet Supermarket in Cary, NC today and 2 of the bags were on the shelf. I pointed it out and they removed them. They thought they had gotten them all and mentioned they had removed some others formulas a few weeks ago. I wonder if those were part of a product pullback when the public is not made aware. The stores should have signs up for those that may have already bought the product.

  • Roberta Gray

    Do you get a replacement voucher for your dog? My dogs are sick and I live in Oregon and have been feeding them Iams, never suspecting blue juice as a possible ingredient. I cannot describe how horrible I feel right now…somewhere between kicked in the stomach and hysteria.

  • Laina

    OH, I am so mad. Wal Mart, rather than remove the puppy food…put it on SALE for $5 a bag. I bought three, since was what my Chihuahua always ate.
    YES, he got sick and I never knew what caused it. But he refuses to eat it since I nursed him back with rice, pediolyte, and cooked chicken breast.
    NOW am wondering if any long term damage.
    I recommend NOW! dog food. Anyone have
    info about long term affects from the IAMS
    toxin OR about what we should do to Walmart for
    their selling it?

  • Tom George

    I just spent $1600 on vet bills. My dog ate the Samll and Toy Iams Pro-Active. I cannot be sure it was caused by the Iams food but I will have their food tested. His illness was caused by Toxins according to our vet.

  • Upset

    My dog is currently in the hospital because of toxins found in her blood. I’m so upset. My dog is very sick and could die because Iams and the retailers weren’t more open about the dangers of this product.

  • NC dog owner

    I don’t think this was limited to puppy food. Our dog ate regular Iams proactive, became sick after opening a new bag of food in late November with same symptoms as puppy food recall, and did not make it. Vet diagnosed liver problem. We didn’t know until too late that poisoned food could be the culprit. He was healthy 9 yr old. I don’t have proof, but this was too coincidental. We bought our food at BJs in NC, not Walmart. I don’t blame reatiler as much as Iams for negligence and lack of attention to food safety. Iams, you should be ashamed.

  • Janet Everett

    I’ve been feeding the Iam’s Hairball/weight control formula to my cats for several years. On December 1st, my 7 year old became very ill suddenly. Her nose, lips, gums and skin all turned yellow overnight and I rushed her to the vet. I had bloodwork run and was told that she had been poisoned. She also had a severe infection that he thought might have been the reason her liver was failing. She didnt have a scratch on her and there was no other sign of infection that i could see, but it showed up in the labs. We don’t have mice or bugs so no rat bait in the house. I use a steamer on the floors and only use chemicals to clean the stove (which they are never on). Our cats do not go outside. She stayed at the vet for several days getting treated before being sent home. She was getting worse and was told she might do better with us if we could watch her constantly and give her the medications he prescribed. We kept her secluded from our other three cats so we could watch the food, water, and litterbox more carefully and keep her stress down. She died on December 8th in my arms. Our vet didn’t know about the recall and I looked myself and couldn’t find anything until now. My other three kitties also now have problems that require medication daily to keep them healthy.
    I now have abot $2000 in vet bills (and he gave us discounts) and our favorite Kitty is gone. Im very upset. What can be done about this?

  • both my chichuas got sick after eating iams proactive lamb and rice? Are there any complaints on this food?

  • Kelly

    My chihuahua mix just got deathly sick from some kind of toxin. I believe it came from a just recently opened bag of Iams dry food. Luckily she pulled through after spending $800 at the vet for an overnight stay.

  • Sue

    I would tend to agree that this is not limited to the puppy food. My 1 year old dog died last week. We fed him the IAMS minichunks proactive, not the recalled food. Though he did have the same symptoms. We took him to the vet on Monday and he was diagnosed with pneumonia? We took him home on 4 different medications. I was having a hard time getting him to take the meds and was going to take him back to the vet the next morning. We were told to put him in the bathroom whenever someone took a shower to help loosen up the crud in his lungs. I did that and when I got out of the shower, he wasnt breathing. I had just bought a 40lb bag of food, but dont think he ate enough of it before he died. I think it was probably the previous bag. Because I had almost a full bag of food left, I gave it to a friend that uses the same brand. She called this morning saying that her dog got sick after eating the food, and threw up the same white frothy stuff that my dog was. Then she told me about the recall. Seems to much of a coincidence for me.

  • JennyP410

    I bought a bag of Iams Healthy Naturals for my 1 yr old dog in December. She started throwing up, about once a day, for no apparent reason. I quickly switched her back to Canine Caviar (didn’t transition by mixing it slowly) and she hasn’t been sick since.

  • Diamond Camarillo

    Any word on other IAMS RECALLS. My Chihuahua poodle 16 weeks old just got extremely sick with the same symptoms listed from the December recall, vet said it was either a virus or exposure to a toxin. Today my 12 week old Chihuahua died after experiencing the same as my first, vet said the same. My older dogs are fine they eat Beneful. Now i am not only left with my 2 sons broken hearts, but with an enormous vet bill. The bill I can handle, it the grieving that is killing me. Hope it wasn’t the JAMS BUT ALL THE SIGNS SEEM TO POINTING IN THE DOG FOOD ISLE.

  • Commercial foods are really harmful for dogs. I hope our government takes action for this. Iams, you should be ashamed.

  • Dee

    I gave my Corgi. Chicken strips from BJs.She got very sick in 2days started passing blood.Stopped giving to her right away.Took her over a week to get better.Knew it was them ,because that was the only different thing I gave her.Have her on a diet ,thought they would be better for her instead of the dog bones.Now I just cut back on the bones. What is America coming to .Always messing with our food,frist wih the animals and now with our food .Going GMO is not safe either.

  • Anyones dogs having kidney issues??? Why oh Why did we not listen to a few people about this awful food brand!!! Did not know a recall was on these puppy foods and now $5000.00 plus our sweetheart will probably die!!!! Shame on this company for the broken hearts we all have now!!!

  • Will

    My mini-schnauzer Ozzy was on Iams Healthy Naturals Puppy Food for seven months. Last Saturday, while outside, he suddenly vomited up his food, wobbled a little bit, then fell over. I took him to the emergency vet hospital, and he had started to froth at the mouth. The vet said he probably ate a poison mushroom or something, but we hadn’t had rain for weeks and he was on a tie-out in the middle of the yard. His blood work was normal, but toxins in his liver were off the chart. He was months old. I say was, because he died at 11pm last Saturday. I am now wondering if the Iams had toxins in it all along, and I was slowly poisoning him. I miss him.

  • John Hildebrand

    My two jack russels have both been sick for three days ( same symptoms as above) right after eating a new bag of the iams proactive mini chunks. iams was the food they always ate and they have always eaten anything and everything in between, never any history of problems. They are 9 and 5 years old. My vet checked them out and when I told him they ate iams he gave his asistant a look and told me to check the net a recall with the upc # and gave me some suggestions for “real dog food”. With ingredients from Canada or USA, not just “prossesed in Canada or USA.
    Changed food and they seemed better one day later, just hope there is no lasting damage!

  • Like so many of the above complaints, we too were feeding our dogs Iams pro-active, the small chunk variety. The female (Shooger) had a habit of several times a week eating grass, etc and vomiting, but our little minpin (Jax) seemed to be okay. Didn’t think it could be the food since it didn’t affect them the same. Got a new bag 6-22-12 and Shooger vomited and had diarrhea a few days after opening this new bag- just before they spent a long weekend at the vet (6-28-12-7-2-12) while we were out of town. We picked them up on Monday, 7-2-12. The vet also was concerned and had been feeding them a bland Hill/Science diet food. We noticed the minpin was not feeling his normal energetic self. We got some endosorb for Shooger on that Monday. Went back Tuesday to get some for Jax. Vet was closed on the 4th of July, but we were back to him with Jax Thursday morning. They kept him and put him on IVs for fluids after running some bloodwork – elevated BUN and several other levels that the vet diagnosed pancreatitus. Was on IVs all day. We picked him up that night, but brought him back first thing Friday morning as the vet requested. Was on IVs all day. Picked him up around 5PM Friday afternoon. Was told at that time that his kidneys had failed. There wasn’t anything else they could do. He gave me his personal number in case we wanted to call him to give Jax the drugs to cross over if that is what we decided to do. From Thursday night on, we took turns holding him, coaxing him to drink water, eat…by Saturday he was doing little of either. By Sunday evening at 8:49 PM, he was gone………less than a week after we picked him up. After finding this site, I am even more heartbroken than I was before. I contacted Iams and received a couple of calls from the pet health safety dept. This was on Thurs. They were going to send a package to have me send them a sample of the food back to be tested. Claimed they had no other reports. Haven’t heard from them since.

  • Lynn

    Bought Iams Simple and Natural in NJ and my dog, a Belgian Shepherd, immediately became ill. Same symptoms. Hope I caught it in time. Maybe the contamination is factory-wide.

  • julie

    I am DEVASTATED! Our chocolate lab had Iams both the pro active small chunks and then the Simple & Natural. She was never one to turn down her food but after she ate it for a couple of days she turned her nose up to it. She became very lethargic and was drooling terribly. I told my husband it was almost like she got into something toxic. I had him throw the food away and slowly she began eating again however continued to lose weight. I thought it was because of the summer and lack of appetite in the heat but this week she became lethargic and slept a lot. She had really lost a lot of weight and I took her to the vet. She thought it was probably because of the heat but I insisted there was something not right-she wasn’t herself. She had high levels of bacteria in her stool and we were informed from her blood test that her kidneys were failing. Within 2 days she was 10xs worse and died. She was only 9 years old and had never been sick a day in her life! I wish I would have known! I gave her Iams because I THOUGHT it was the best-now I’ve lost my best friend.:(

  • Brittany

    After reading all of your comments, it makes me wonder if Iams didn’t kill our 2 older Pekes. Pugzie was 15 years old, and was perfectly healthy. One day he had 5 seizures in a 12 hour period. Unfortunately we had him put down. Our female peke randomly died one afternoon, but her death could have been health related. I now have a 1 yr old shih-tzu, and he has been on Iams, and has been sick for a while. It started with a bag of Healthy Naturals puppy food, then I switched him the the regular green bag, then the Healthy Naturals green bag. Every now and then I would buy a bag that didn’t make him vomit, but it was rare. Most of the time he vommited everyday. For a long time I thought maybe he had acid reflux, because he would eat before we went to bed, and woke up in the middle of the night to vomit. I just gave him a different brand of dog food to try tonight.. I am hoping for the best. I am considering getting bloodwork to test his kidney function, and to test for a toxin level. I emailed Iams today, and hopefully will get a response soon.

    •  give your shih-tzu the Wellness Brand  “Simple” with Salmon and Sweet potato. Mine is 12 years old now and she had issues getting sick for years. She doesn’t have that problem anymore and it’s helping with her skin problems. It’s more expensive but they don’t eat much and the improvement is worth it. She has been on several different foods over the years and this is by-far the best i have found for her. Be sure to switch them over slowly. Changing dog food is a shock to their stomach and can make them sick. She does fine switching over slowly.

  • carol

    I fed my Lab Iams Rice an Lamb and he has not gotten sick. Is there a recall and the bags aren’t being pulled? Just bought a new bag anf scared to fed it to him!

    • frank

      don’t take the chance!

  • Lynn Garretson

    I have always fed my yorkies Iams!!! Never,never will I buy another bag of your product.Now I know why I spent over 500.00for vets-Shame on all of you,you had to know! Our animals are our babies and you are heartless and greedy,what a sick world we live in and you help support the sickness!DID YOU FEED IT TO YOUR ANIMALS??????????????????????

  • I guess I fed my chihuahua and shi tzu some of this contaminated Iams food!! Both had bloody stools and were sick for several days! As soon as I took away the Iams food, and fed chicken and rice, it stopped!! NEVER AGAIN WILL I BUY THIS PROCUCT! No warnings have I heard of! I live in Mooresville, NC, and purchased this food at HarrisTeeter. Nor warnings, and you are still putting this food on the shelves!!! Shame on Proctor and Gamble!

  • scoobytoo

    My Boxer Scooby has been vomiting off and on for years; I did not think it was due to food toxins because I believed that IAMS was one of the best foods. Now that I think about it, all of my 3 boxers were vomiters….they all ate IAMS. Scooby started having seizures – lethargy, severe confusion, he was dying before my eyes. I took him to a pet neurologist – he had an MRI (negative) I asked about the possibility of toxins in his food but the Dr. did not think it was – he put him on seizure meds and recommended one more test  to rule out hepatic encephalopathy. I took him off his IAMS proactive minichunks and started cooking him food made out of vegteble pulp, chicken rice and what ever other grains I had – HE HAS RECOVERED AND IS NOW THRIVING – thank God!   Over 2,000.00 TO FIND OUT THAT I HAVE BEEN POISIONING HIM BY FEEDING HIM IAMS!  Now I buy him ‘Hills’ liver support – it’s expensive but he eats my cooked food that I freeze and the Hills – I have my dog back! Beware, IAMS food –  if your dog is sick and eating IAMS, try cooking him food.

  • I’m not sure if I can post a comment on here or not (if if I need to be signed up with an account), but i will try anyway. My Name is Gary Tanck and my dog Charlie died back in 2007; tests showed it was rat poison. After he passed away an awful painful death it came out on the news about iams rat poison tainted food. I also (like many people) thought i was feeding him the best food on the market (iams), little did i know it was slowly killing him inside. I just found “IAMS” facebook page, and posted his picture for everyone to see and told a little about what iams did to him. When I went back the next day, they had deleted my Dog’s photo off their page with my words. So, I re-posted it, and after proceeding to read through other people’s posts, I found that other dogs have just recently been getting sick; thowing up violently and not eating,,, and some say it seemed to be when they were down to the bottom of the bag. So I started to comment to everyone who wrote in, telling them about my Chuck, and how iams killed him with rat poison and that it’s possible maybe it’s happing again. Iams started to block every comment I made, and their administrators proceeded to “report” my use as SPAM and kept trying to get Facebook to stop me, warning me after every post that I will be locked out of facebook or banned. Someone from Facebook must have been a dog lover to, because I was able to leave over 40 more posts,,, before I got tired (5 hours later). I just felt like people need to know, but I can’t tell everyone; not on my own anyway, but it made me feel better knowing that I tried.
    Does anyone know what else I can do? Is there a good place where I can share Charlie’s story at? And post pics & videos of him?

  • Deanne Davis Gouge

    I have been feeding my Corgi Iams So Good Lot #060814 06AUG14 30964177 J6 US61591. We’ve been in and out of the vet $500.00 later we still can’t figure it out. He’s very lethargic, can’t walk and clearly in pain. Could this be our problem?

    Sick puppy in Florida

  • frank

    NO WONDER! we fed r dogs Iams for YEARS. recently, he’s BARELY been eating (dry iams)!!
    very disappointed cos i bet the last bag was the same bad product!

  • frank

    u kno what’s funny (not)? we r supposed to TRUST that iams/ p&g put different product into diff. size bags? i.e., #30 bags not mentioned, yet my dog was not eating nd thowing up, etc.
    he’s ALWAYS a ood eater. we were confused by this… and then the announcment.
    and i still see NO MENTION of all this on their site!?
    iams/p&g anials products, NEVER AGAIN!

  • frank

    AND it seems this HAS been a problem! the article first states 2011 AND NOW feb 2013?!
    no way can you trust their products, NO WAY!

  • gary

    I sold a chihuahua last week he 14 weeks. He died two days ago. The new owners where feeding him iams. Dont feed your dog iams.

  • Troy Webber

    I really wish I had read this article earlier.I was feeling badly about feeding my dogs subpar food, so recently I picked up a bag of Iams lamb and rice food, thinking it was the good stuff.I usually feed Pedigree. Both dogs became ill. The dog in my avatar(Goldie) became really sick.I threw away the food since they didn’t want to touch it anymore. My older border collie mix recovered and was fine. Goldie got worse and I spent $700 at the vet trying to bring her back.She had a fever, and quit eating altogether. They had her on tons of pain meds, Iv’s and anti nausea meds, but in the end, there was nothing they could do to save her. We had to put her down last Friday,I had a completely healthy dog 2 weeks before.They treated her as if she had pancreatitis, but who knows? I have no proof and no food to test, just a broken heart and a bunch of regret.

  • Laura

    I have always fed my schipperke Iams Rice and Lamb. Never ever will I buy this dog food again. She was 16 years old and was never sick a day in her life except when 2 year prior Iams had a recall for fungus in dog food and i had to rush her to the vet. Her blood work was perfect 4 months prior to her dying on December 10, 2013 . I was not so lucky this time. She was acting lethargic, loosing weight, pooping constantly. The vet prescribed Baytril – she still was not better – he then ran blood work. He called to inform me that the blood work was off the charts!!!!!!!!!! He said he could not save her and informed me i had maybe 10 hours left with her. She died at 4 a.m. in my arms. I wish i would have seen the recall for salmonella sooner!!!!!!!!!!