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Sunshine Mills dog food products recalled over potentially harmful mold issue

The FDA says multiple brands could have ‘potentially elevated’ levels of Aflatoxin

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Pet food maker Sunshine Mills has voluntarily recalled some of its dog food products because of “potentially elevated” levels of Aflatoxin -- a byproduct of mold that could be harmful to pets if consumed in large quantities. 

In a recall alert, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the affected products were sold at stores across the U.S. under the company’s brands of Triumph, Evolve, Wild Harvest, Nurture Farms, Pure Being, and Elm. 

A list of affected products can be viewed here. All of the products have a "best if used by date" of Feb. 11, 2022. 

Discontinue use immediately

The FDA describes Aflatoxin as “a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus” that can grow on pet food ingredients such as corn, peanuts, and other grains. The agency said levels of Aflatoxin “above the acceptable limit” were detected in the products being recalled.

No illnesses linked to the products have been reported. The company said it initiated the recall as a “precautionary measure.” 

Pets who have recently consumed any of the products should be monitored for symptoms that include sluggishness or lethargy, reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, and diarrhea.

“Pets that have consumed any of the 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,” Sunshine Mills said. 

Consumers who have purchased the products are advised to stop feeding them to pets and to return unused portions to the place of purchase for full refund. Sunshine Mills says customers with questions can contact their customer service center at 800-705-2111 or email questions to customer.service@sunshinemills.com.

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