FDA Recalls Certain Dog Foods
The Food and Drug Administration issued a December 3 recall on several dry dog foods after receiving complaints that the food had toxic amounts of vitamin D. Scientists evaluated samples of the affected products and found that some food contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D.
According to the FDA website, “Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death.”
Symptoms in pets may include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. At toxic levels, vitamin D can cause kidney failure and death. The FDA warned that “Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.”
Pet owners can report suspect cases to the FDA, and veterinarians who suspect vitamin D toxicity should report cases through the Safety Reporting Portal.
Consumers are warned that this is a developing situation and further recalls may be announced.
Brands that have been recalled include: Nutrisca (Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food; UPC 8-84244-12495-7 – 4 lb. bag, UPC 8-84244-12795-8 – 15 lb. bag and UPC 8-84244-12895-5 – 28 lb. bag); Natural Life Pet Products (Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food; UPC 0-12344-08175-1 – 17.5 lb. bag); Sunshine Mills, Inc. (Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food; UPC 0-73657-00862-0 – 14 lb. bag and UPC 0-73657-00863-7 – 28 lb. bag; Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food; UPC 0-70155-10566-0 – 40 lb. bag and UPC 0-70155-10564-0 – 40 lb. bag;Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food; UPC 0-73657-00873-6 – 3.5 lb. bag; UPC 0-73657-00874-3 – 16 lb. bag and UPC 0-73657-00875-0 – 30 lb. bag); ANF, Inc. (ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food, UPC 9097231622 – 3 kg bag and UPC 9097203300 – 7.5 kg bag); Lidl—Orlando brand; (Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food; product number 215662);Kroger; (Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food; UPC 11110-83556 – 4 lb. bag, UPC 11110-83573 – 14 lb. bag, and UPC 11110-89076 – 24 lb. bag); ELM Pet Foods, Inc. (ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe; UPC 0-70155-22507-8 – 3 lb. bag and UPC 0-70155-22513-9 – 28 lb. bag; ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe, UPC 0-70155-22522-9 – 40 lb. bag); Ahold Delhaize; (Nature’s Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food, UPC 068826718472 – 14 lb. bag, UPC 068826718471 – 28 lb. bag and UPC 068826718473 – 4 lb. bag; Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food, UPC 72543998959 – 5 lb. bag and UPC 72543998960 – 15 lb. bag).
The recalled products were sold nationwide. The FDA is encouraging retailers to contact consumers who may have purchased recalled products, using shopper’s card records or other means available.
For a listing of dates and to see if further brands are listed, visit: fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/ucm627485.htm