Pet Food Recalled After Products Potentially Contaminated With Mold Toxins


Pet food recalled after products potentially contaminated with mold toxins, FDA announces

A pet food distributor announced that it is voluntarily recalling some of its dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of Aflatoxin.

Sunshine Mills Inc. said Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus, a fungus, but it can be harmful to animals if consumed in large amounts.

Some of the brands affected include Triumph Wild Spirit, Evolve, Wild Harvest, Nurture Farms, Elm Pet Foods and Heart to Tail Pure Being.

Sunshine Mills said the products were distributed throughout the U.S.

According to the federal Food and Drug Administration, “Pets that have consumed any of the above recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.”

So far, no health effects have been reported due to the dog food, Sunshine Mills said.

What does aflatoxin poisoning do to pets?

According to the FDA, pets with aflatoxin poisoning may experience symptoms including:

  • Sluggishness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums or skin due to liver damage)
  • Diarrhea

Because cats and dogs don’t tend to have much variety in their diets, when they eat food containing aflatoxin, it can build up over time, in some cases causing long-term liver issues and/or death. It’s also important to note that some animals suffer liver damage without showing any symptoms, so even if your pets seems to be OK, if it has been eating any of the recalled products, contact their veterinarians.


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