Dog Food Recall Spreading to Multiple Pet Food Brands

Aflatoxin Dog Food RecallThe month of December has been a tough month for Dog Food distributers and retailers offering different brands of dog food that have now had recalls announced. The FDA.gov has released multiple recall press release announcements for a range of dog food products that are on retail shelves and in pet food distribution centers.

The dog foods have been recalled due to high levels of aflatoxin being found in dry dog foods. Aflatoxin occurs naturally in corn products and is typically a mold by-product. The corn that was used in the dry food manufacturing was the culprit of this recall.

Arrowbrand dog foods was one of the brands mentioned in the aflatoxin dry dog food recall. Please check your Arrow Brand Dog Food to see if it has these product identification codes on it:

ARROWBRAND 21% Dog Chunks SKU #807 40 lb. bag
ARROWBRAND Super Proeaux Dog Food SKU #812 40 lb. bag
ARROWBRAND Professional Formula Dog Food SKU #814 50 lb. bag

You need to dispose of the listed dog foods only if the Packaging Date Code Lot Numbers are in the 4K0341 through 4K0365 through 04K1001 through 4K1325 range. Only the Arrow Brand dog foods listed above are effected by this recall. These dog foods were distributed in Louisiana (LA) and Texas (TX).

Another brand that has released a recall on their product is Petrus Feed and Seed Stores. The brand that is effected for Petrus dog food is the 21% dog food bags that were distributed in 40lbs bags that are labeled as Petrus Feed bags. The date codes for these specific bags are lot numbers 4K1011 through 4K1335. This dog food was also strictly distributed in Louisiana dog food distribution channels.

Symptoms of the aflatoxin will give your dog a sluggish behavior with lethagy and physical effects to their eyes or gums adding a yellowish tint. You might also notice your dog being reluctant to eat anymore of the aflatoxin contaminated food and vomiting or diarrhea can be seen in dogs that have been made ill by the food. Take your dog to a veterinarian or a pet hospital if you have any of these foods and see any symptoms.

9 Comments on "Dog Food Recall Spreading to Multiple Pet Food Brands"

  1. Or go all the way and feed raw. He gets what I get, although I do cook mine! (Well, ususally). Raw lamb heart and lamb breast, beef heart, pork neck bones and trotters, turkey necks, chicken frames (left after breast meat removed), etc. Healthy, lean, beautiful teeth.

  2. I’m with you Rosemarie. My three girls get nothing except Orijen. I feel like I never have to worry anymore when there’s a recall.

  3. If you live east of the Mississippi river, I reccomend Dad’s dog food n better than ears treats as well as better than bones and also Rachel Ray brand as they are all made by Dad’s, a local PA company who does NOT buy their ingredients on the comoddities market, only local farmers. Don’t buy the big co’s like Iams[proctor n gamble],pedigree n alpo[nestle],science diet[colgate]

  4. I am glad that I cook home made meals for my dog. He is doing so much better now and is no longer having any health issues as he was before. No more pet store bought food, oh by the way he was on a vet diet, so much for that!

  5. Veronica Connelly | December 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Reply

    While corn is not a natural food for dogs and it causes a lot of allergy issues for dogs, we’re killing four million pets plus every year. I don’t think people feeding a lower quality of dog food is the real problem here. A lesser quality food is certainly better than starving to death or being killed in a shelter, don’t you think?

  6. Marcus Riedner | December 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Reply

    Just a couple comments.

    This isn’t a problem with corn. This is a problem with certain species of Aspergillus that produce the aflatoxins and how our food supply system works. Aspergillus is found in the soil naturally, but gets into the food system primarily through corn and other monocrop grains. It also enters the food system through soy, peanuts, and sometimes root crops.

    Nor is this a problem with ‘China’ or non-domestic food production. The number one corn grower in the world is the USA. The toxins in question can be found all over the corn belt and there are FDA regulations on how much is acceptable but they are still in the food supply (pet, agricultural animals, and human). Basically it gets into food supply because it is moldy corn that gets processed with all the other stuff. Typically they control it with massive application of fungicides and other lovely toxins which can be just as bad for your health and the health of your pets.

    Even if the pet food is made from “local” sources it can still be tainted with the toxic forms of Aspergillus – the toxins bio accumulate in cattle, lamb, and poultry. So if tainted corn is fed to a cow and that cows milk or offal (common source of pet food proteins) are used to make the pet food (or human food) the toxins will appear in that food regardless of the ingredients list on the package or where they come from.

    You can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aflatoxin and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspergillus

  7. Rosemarie M. Buchanan | December 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Reply

    No one should be feeding their dogs anything with corn or corn byproducts or corn in any form, anyway. Corn is not part of a dog’s natural diet. It is a cheap filler and now, it’s also a poison.

    Do NOT buy any pet food which imports ingredients. Even if the product label says “Made In Canada” or “Made in the USA”, chances are good that some of the ingredients come from China, and are NOT what you want to be feeding your pets.

    Orijen is completely sourced and made in Canada. That’s all we feed our pets.

    • I have been living here in the States now for about a year, I noticed that they didn’t have the same quailty of dog food as back home in Canada. So now I cook all of his meals, he is doing so much better.

    • Dogs do not have a “natural diet.” They are so intensely domesticated whatever we feed them is their natural diet.

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