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These 6 Pet Food Brands Are Being Recalled Nationwide

The FDA is advising you what to do if your pet exhibits signs of "elevated levels" of a concerning toxin.
FACT CHECKED BY Faye Brennan

An important update for pet owners: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just published an announcement to notify dog owners that various kinds of dog food have been recalled after they were shipped to retailers such as Chewy, Walmart, Amazon, and more. We have the details.

On Thursday, the FDA posted an advisory to alert consumers of a recall on varieties of the following six dog food brands: Triumph, Evolve, Wild Harvest, Nurture Farms, Pure Being, and Elm.

Specific flavors, lot numbers, UPC codes, and "best by" dates of the recalled dog foods can be found in the table below, as published by the FDA.

Courtesy of the FDA

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The recall was issued after the brands' manufacturer, Sunshine Mills, Inc., identified the presence of "potentially elevated levels of aflatoxin above the acceptable limit." The FDA explains that "aflatoxin poisoning can also occur if a pet eats moldy corn, grains, peanuts, or other aflatoxin contaminated food . . . even if there is no visible mold on the pet food."

In these cases, the FDA says aflatoxin exposure may lead to any of the following symptoms:

"[S]luggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums or skin due to liver damage), unexplained bruising or bleeding, and/or diarrhea. In some cases, aflatoxins can affect blood clotting and cause long-term liver problems and/or death. Some pets may suffer liver damage without showing any signs in the early stages of aflatoxin poisoning and if they continue eating contaminated food, they may die suddenly."

In Thursday's announcement, Sunshine Mills stated that "no illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date." They also suggest that pets should be seen by a veterinarian if they exhibit any of the above symptoms after consuming one of recalled dog foods.

The company also advises: "Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service at (800) 705-2111 from 7AM to 4PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at [email protected] for additional information."

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at <em>Eat This, Not That!</em>, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more