Cargill Animal Nutrition has announced a voluntary recall of two regional brands of its dry dog food -- River Run and Marksman -- due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit.
The affected products were manufactured at Cargill’s Lecompte, Louisiana, facility between Dec. 1, 2010, and Dec. 1, 2011 and were distributed to Kansas, Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Southeast Indiana, Southern Illinois, Hawaii, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and to limited areas of Florida and California:
- PROFESSIONAL FORMULA RIVER RUN HI-NRG 24-20 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
- RIVER RUN PROFESSIONAL FORMULA 27-18 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
- RIVER RUN 21% Protein Dog Food, 40 and 50 pound bags
- RIVER RUN Hi-Pro No-Soy Dog Food, 40 and 50 pound bags
- MARKSMAN DOG FOOD 24% Protein 20% Fat, 40 pound bags
- MARKSMAN DOG FOOD 20% Protein 10% Fat, 40 and 50 pound bags
- MARKSMAN DOG FOOD 28% Protein 18% Fat, 40 pound bags
The recall only applies to the above products with the following Packaging Date Codes (lot numbers): 4K0335 through 4K0365; LL0335 through LL0365; 4K1001 through 4K1335; and LL1001 through LL1335. Retailers have already been instructed to remove the affected brands and products from store shelves.
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities. Pets that have consumed this product 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.
While no illnesses have been reported, pet owners are urged to return affected products -- whether in opened or unopened packages -- to their place of purchase for a full refund.
For more information, including photos of products involved, consumers can go to www.cargill.com/feed/dog-food-recall or call toll free (855) 460-1532.