Just one week ago, I shared that Sunshine Mills, Inc. issued a voluntary recall for some of its Nature’s Menu® food due to possible Salmonella contamination (you can read more about that recall HERE). Now, Sunshine Mills is back in the news with another dog food recall. Only this time, it’s for three different dry dog foods that may contain high levels of aflatoxin.
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product that can be harmful to pets if consumed in large quantities. I’ll dive deeper into this topic in just a minute.
Bags of Family Pet, Heartland Farms, and Paws Happy Life dry dog foods are included in this recall. These foods were distributed to retail stores nationwide. You can identify recalled bags by the following:
Meaty Cuts Beef, Chicken & Cheese Flavors Premium Dog Food
- 4 lb.
- Lot codes TD3 4/APRIL/2020 and TD1 5/APRIL/2020
- UPC #3225120694
- 14 lb.
- Lot codes TB1 4/APRIL/2020, TB2 4/APRIL/2020, and TB3 3/APRIL/2020
- UPC #3225118078
- 28 lb.
- Lot codes TB3 3/APRIL/2020
- UPC #3225120694
Grilled Favorites Beef, Chicken & Cheese Flavor Dog Food:
- 14 lb.
- Lot codes TB1 4/APRIL/2020 and TB2 4/APRIL/2020
- UPC #7015514299
- 31 lb.
- Lot codes TA2 4/APRIL/2020 and TA3 4/APRIL/2020
- UPC #7015514301
Paws Happy Life®
Butcher’s Choice Dog Food
- 16 lb.
- Lot codes TA1 4/APRIL/2020 and TA2 4/APRIL/2020
- UPC #3680035763
No other Sunshine Mills, Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement.
This recall comes after the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry performed routine sampling. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA), their tests showed “a sample of a single 4-pound bag of one lot of the product contained elevated levels of aflatoxin.”
No illnesses have been reported at this time, but, out of caution, Sunshine Mills decided to issue the recall anyway. The recall notice states this is a “precautionary measure in furtherance of its commitment to the safety and quality of its products.”
About Aflatoxin and Symptoms To Watch For
When it comes to aflatoxins (a type of mycotoxin) in pet foods, the problem begins at the agricultural crop level. Crops grown in certain weather conditions can develop such mold. According to holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker, “In addition to better testing for aflatoxins in raw materials like corn plants, it’s extremely important that pet food producers also perform their own analyses. Mycotoxins are known to be resistant to heat and processing methods, so manufacturers of pet food should assume any formula containing mycotoxin-contaminated raw materials will also contain these toxins.”
Pet health experts say aflatoxins can attack the liver and lead to tumor formation. According to Dr. Becker, “Certain types of aflatoxins are associated with the development of cancer in animals.”
If your dog has eaten any of the recalled food, watch out for the following symptoms:
- Sluggishness or lethargy
- Reluctance to eat
- Diarrhea / bloody diarrhea
- Jaundice / a yellowish tint to the eyes or gums
If your dog shows any signs or symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Feed This Food?
Retailers have already been contacted and asked to pull the affected lots from their inventory and shelves.
If you feed any of the recalled foods mentioned above, you can return any unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service:
By phone at (800) 705-2111 from 7am-4pm Central Time, Monday through Friday
Or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org