Pet food maker Sunshine Mills recalled products sold under 17 brand names for potentially harmful amounts of aflatoxin.
The company attributed the danger to mold on a single delivery of corn used in making the foods, mostly dog chow and some cat chow. In announcements Sept. 2 and Oct. 8, Food and Drug Administration officials indicated the company was recalling corn-based pet foods made April 3-5, 2020.
Clinical signs of aflatoxin poisoning include lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice, and aflatoxin poisoning can result in liver damage and death. The National Institutes of Health also lists aflatoxins among carcinogens in humans, citing links between exposure to the toxins and increased risk of liver cancer.
The recalled products are in 58 lots that had been sold under 17 brand names: Champ, Family Pet, Field Trial, Good Dog, Heartland Farms, Hunter’s Special, Old Glory, Paws Happy Life, Pet Expert, Principle, Retriever, River Bend, Sportsman’s Pride, Sprout, Thrifty, Top Runner, and Whiskers & Tails. The affected products range in size from 4 pounds to 50 pounds, and all have lot codes that include the text 3/April/2020, 4/April/2020, or 5/April/2020.
Additional details are available at the FDA website.