Pet food recall

New Pet Food Recall

As your pet health care professionals – we the veterinarians of Brook-Falls wanted to inform you of the latest pet food recall that could pose serious health risks for your pet.

Initially, the recalled pet foods were those not readily available in our area. However, in the past few days this recall was expanded to include some varieties commonly sold in our area.

 

Key Facts you Need to Know:

  • The FDA released a Pet food recall involving dog food products manufactured by Sunshine Mills. This includes a number of several regionally branded pet foods due to a concern that they may contain unsafe levels of aflatoxin.
    • This dog food recall was recently expanded to include Sprout dog food varieties; Sprout foods are commonly sold at Wisconsin stores.
    • Most of the affected foods are dog food but there is also one type of cat food — a Sprout variety.
  • Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and even death in pets.
    • Pets are highly susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning because, unlike people, who eat a varied diet, pets generally eat the same food continuously over extended periods of time.
    • If a pet’s food contains aflatoxin, the toxin could accumulate in the pet’s system as they continue to eat the same food.
  • Don’t be fooled — Food does not have to appear grossly moldy to be harmful.
  • There is no evidence to suggest that pet owners who handle products containing aflatoxin are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning. However, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling pet food.
  • Signs associated with aflatoxin poisoning may include sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes or gums due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea. In severe cases, this toxicity can be fatal. In some cases, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms.
  • Pet owners should immediately stop feeding their pets the recalled products. See the List of recalled foods below.
  • Pet owners should consult their veterinarian immediately, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness.
    • Remember, even pets without symptoms may have suffered liver damage.
    • Provide a full diet history to your veterinarian. You may find it helpful to take a picture of the pet food label — include the lot number.
  • Contact the company listed on the package for further instructions.
  • Discard the food in such a way that children, pets, and wildlife cannot access them.
  • Sanitize pet food bowls, scoops, and storage containers.
    • Use bleach, rinsing well afterward with fresh water, and dry thoroughly.

What Products are Involved?

The list of recalled dry pet food products announced by Sunshine Mills on September 2, 2020, is:

  • Family Pet Meaty Cuts Beef, Chicken & Cheese Premium Dog Food 4 lb. UPC 3225120694
    • Lot Code TD3 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TD1 5/APRIL/2020
  • Family Pet Meaty Cuts Beef, Chicken & Cheese Premium Dog Food 14 lb. UPC 3225118078
    • Lot Code TB1 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TB2 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TB3 3/APRIL/2020
  • Family Pet Meaty Cuts Beef, Chicken & Cheese Premium Dog Food 28 lb. UPC 3225120694
    • Lot Code TB3 3/APRIL/2020
  • Heartland Farms Grilled Favorites Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavor Dog Food 14 lb. UPC 7015514299
    • Lot Code TB1 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TB2 4/APRIL/2020
  • Heartland Farms Grilled Favorites Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavor Dog Food 31 lb. UPC 7015514301
    • Lot Code TA2 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TA3 4/APRIL/2020
  • Paws Happy Life Butcher’s Choice Dog Food 16 lb. UPC 3680035763
    • Lot Code TA1 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TA2 4/APRIL/2020

On October 8, 2020, Sunshine Mills expanded the recall to include the following products:

  • Champ Mini Chunk Dog Food Beef and Chicken Flavor, 12 lb. bags, UPC 7328315416
    • Lot Code TC2 3/APRIL/2020
  • Field Trial Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food, 16 lb. bags, UPC 7015514530
    • Lot Code TC2 4/APRIL/2020
  • Good Dog Brand Dog Food Hi-Energy Formula, 50 lb. bags, UPC 5216624165
    • Lot Code TA1 5/APRIL/2020
  • Hunter’s Special Dog Food Hi-Energy Formula, 50 lb. bags, UPC 7015510145
    • Lot Code TA1 5/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TA2 5/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TA3 5/APRIL/2020
  • Hunter’s Special Dog Food Maintenance Formula, 50 lb. bags, UPC 7015510135
    • Lot Code TB3 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TB1 5/APRIL/2020
  • Hunter’s Special Farm & Ranch Recipe Super Chunks Dog Food, 50 lb. bags, UPC 70155 10182
    • Lot Code TC2 5/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TC3 5/APRIL/2020
  • Old Glory Hearty Beef & Chicken Flavor Dog Food, 4 lb. bags, UPC 7015514339
    • Lot Code TE3 3/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TE2 4/APRIL/2020
  • Old Glory Hearty Beef & Chicken Flavor Dog Food, 12.75 lb. bags, UPC 7015514298
    • Lot Code TA3 3/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TB1 3/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TC1 3/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TC2 3/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TC3 3/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TA1 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TC1 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TA2 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TB2 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TC2 4/APRIL/2020
  • Paws Happy Life Nutritionally Complete Dog Food, 17 lb. bags, UPC 3680042561
    • Lot Code TC2 4/APRIL/2020
  • Pet Expert Always Fit Formula, 50 lb. bags, UPC 5208887976
    • Lot Code TC2 5/APRIL/2020
  • Principle Super Premium Natural Dog Food Breeder Pack, 40 lb. bags, UPC 580179 586032
    • Lot Code TA3 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TA1 5/APRIL/2020
  • Retriever Bites & Bones Adult Complete Nutrition Savory Chicken Flavor, 52 lb. bags, UPC 4939422642
    • Lot Code TC3 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TC1 5/APRIL/2020
  • River Bend Dog Food Basic Nutrition, 40 lb. bags, No UPC
    • Lot Code TC1 5/APRIL/2020
  • River Bend Dog Food Basic Nutrition, 50 lb. bags, No UPC
    • Lot Code TC1 5/APRIL/2020
  • River Bend Dog Food Select, 50 lb. bags, No UPC
    • Lot Code TB3 4/APRIL/2020
  • Sportsman’s Pride Maintenance Adult Formula Dog Food, 20 lb. bags, UPC 7015510082
    • Lot Code TB1 5/APRIL/2020
  • Sportsman’s Pride Maintenance Adult Formula Dog Food, 50 lb. bags, UPC 7015510110
    • Lot Code TB1 5/APRIL/2020
  • Sprout Bites & Bones, 50 lb. bags, UPC 7015505091
    • Lot Code TC2 4/APRIL/2020
  • Sprout Hi-Protein (cat food), 20 lb. bags, UPC 70155505120
    • Lot Code TI2 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TI3 4/APRIL/2020
  • Sprout Hi-Protein (cat food), 40 lb. bags, UPC 7015505119
    • Lot Code TI3 4/APRIL/2020
  • Thrifty Adult Dog Food, 12 lb. bags, UPC 7015513096
    • Lot Code TI1 3/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TI2 3/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TI3 3/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TA2 4/APRIL/2020
  • Sprout Maintenance, 40 lb. bags, UPC 7015505096
    • Lot Code TB1 5/APRIL/2020
  • Sprout Puppy, 20 lb. bags, UPC 7015505095
    • Lot Code TA3 4/APRIL/2020
    • Lot Code TA1 5/APRIL/2020
  • Top Runner Premium Dog Food, 50 lb. bags, UPC 3540650070
    • Lot Code TB1 3/APRIL/2020
  • Whiskers & Tails Adult Recipe Complete Dog Food, 17 lb. bags, UPC 2114003022
    • Lot Code TC2 4/APRIL/2020

The affected products were distributed to retailers nationwide within the United States. Principle Super Premium Natural Dog Food is exported exclusively to a distributor in Japan. Sportsman’s Pride Maintenance Adult Formula Dog Food is also exported to a distributor in Japan and Colombia.

FDA is conducting follow-up activities at the manufacturing facility.

This is a developing situation and the FDA will update this page with additional information as it becomes available.

About Brook-Falls
Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital and Exotic Care is dedicated to providing quality care to all companion pets and exotic animals. Brook-Falls is a Menomonee Falls, WI-based full-service veterinary hospital with an extensive range of comprehensive medical, dental, diagnostic, and surgical services to meet the varying needs of all patients. Brook-Falls Veterinary also offers informational and educational media and seminars for pet owners by way of blogs, digital TV series (Expert Veterinary Television), e-books, whitepapers, infographics, and more.
 
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