On December 6th, 2011 Cargill Animal Nutrition announced a voluntary recall of two regional brands of its dry dog food due to aflatoxin levels that were found to be above the acceptable limit.
What do you need to know about this Recall?
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product. Pets that have consumed any of the above 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.
The affected products that were recalled are named River Run or Marksman and they were manufactured at Cargill’s Lecompte, Louisiana, facility between Dec. 1, 2010, and Dec. 1, 2011. No illnesses have been reported in association with these products as of December 9th, 2011, and no other Cargill Animal Nutrition pet food products are involved in this recall. Affected products 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 only applies to the above products with the following Packaging Date Codes (lot numbers): 4K0335 through 4K0365, LL0335 through LL0365, 4K1001 through 4K1335 and LL1001 through LL1335.
The affected dry dog food products were distributed in the following 15 states/territories – 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. Retailers have already been instructed to remove the affected brands and products from store shelves.
What should you do if you still possess some of this product?
While no adverse health effects related to these products have been reported as of December 9th, 2011, Cargill is implementing this recall as a precautionary measure. Consumers are urged to return affected products (whether in opened or unopened packages) to their place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, including photos of products involved, consumers can go to Cargill’s website or call toll free 855-460-1532. Additional information regarding this recall can also be found at the FDA website.