The Kroger Co. has issued an active recall for select packages of Old Yeller dog foods, Pet Pride cat foods, and Kroger Value dog and cat foods. While there have been no reports of related injury, the recall is based on concerns that these products may contain aflatoxin, a toxic but naturally occurring mycotoxin that is produced by the Aspergillus fungus.
Aflatoxins are known carcinogens and exposure can lead to liver disease, digestive problems, and/or mental problems. It is for these reasons that a cautionary approach is being taken and all suspected foods recalled.
The foods being recalled are:
- Pet Pride Cat Food, 3.5 lb
- Pet Pride Cat Food, 18 lb
- Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food, 3.5 lb
- Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry and Seafood Cat Food, 3.5 lb
- Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry and Seafood Cat Food, 18 lb
- Kroger Value Cat Food, 3 lb
- Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food, 15 lb
- Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food, 50 lb
- Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food 22 lb
- Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food, 50 lb
All of the products are labeled with sell by dates for October 23 and 24, 2011.
The recall reaches across 19 states throughout the U.S., including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
If you have purchased any of these products, do not use them until you have determined that they are not on the recall list. Kroger Co. has set up a toll-free customer service line for questions regarding this issue. They can be reached at 800-632-6900. The full press release, with UPC codes for further reference, can be found at Kroger.com.
Symptoms of aflatoxicosis include sluggishness, lethargy, loss of appetite, yellowing of the eyes or gums (indications of liver involvement), and severe or bloody diarrhea. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian for treatment immediately.