There’s been a steady stream of major food recalls recently, but this latest recall is for man’s best friend. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a pretty big dog food recall for at least eight brands found to have potentially toxic levels of vitamin D.
If you’re a pet parent, you need to check out the list immediately. Keep in mind, this recall ONLY affects dog food brands. There are no human foods or products included in the current alert.
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Dog Food Description
The FDA considers this a “developing situation.” This means the current list may grow, pending the results of its ongoing investigation. The currently recalled brands/products include:
Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
- UPC 8-84244-12495-7 – 4 lb. bag
- UPC 8-84244-12795-8 – 15 lb. bag
- UPC 8-84244-12895-5 – 28 lb. bag
- Best by date range: February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020
Natural Life Pet Products
Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food
- UPC 0-12344-08175-1 – 17.5 lb. bag
- Best by dates range: December 4, 2019 through August 10, 2020
Sunshine Mills, Inc.
Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food
- UPC 0-73657-00862-0 – 14 lb. bag
- UPC 0-73657-00863-7 – 28 lb. bag
Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food
- UPC 0-70155-10566-0 – 40 lb. bag
- UPC 0-70155-10564-0 – 40 lb. bag
Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food
- UPC 0-73657-00873-6 – 3.5 lb. bag
- UPC 0-73657-00874-3 – 16 lb. bag
- UPC 0-73657-00875-0 – 30 lb. bag
ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food
- UPC 9097231622 – 3 kg bag, Best by Nov 23 2019
- UPC 9097203300 – 7.5 kg bag, Best by Nov 20 2019
Lidi (Orlando Brand)
Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food
- Lidi product number 215662
- TI1 3 Mar 2019
- TB2 21 Mar 2019
- TB3 21 Mar 2019
- TA2 19 Apr 2019
- TB1 15 May 2019
- TB2 15 May 2019
Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food
- UPC 11110-83556 – 4 lb. bag, all lots
- UPC 11110-83573 – 14 lb. bag, All lot codes
- UPC 11110-89076 – 24 lb. bag, All lot codes
ELM Pet Foods, Inc.
ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe
- UPC 0-70155-22507-8 – 3 lb. bag
- D2 26 FEB 2019
- TE1 30 APR 2019
- TD1 5 SEP 2019
- TD2 5 SEP 2019
- UPC 0-70155-22513-9 – 28 lb. bag
- TB3 6 APR 2019
- TA1 2 JULY 2019
- TI1 2 JULY 2019
ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe
- UPC 0-70155-22522-9 – 40 lb. bag
- TB3 14 Sep 2019
- TA2 22 Sep 2019
- TB2 11 Oct 2019
Nature’s Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food
- UPC 068826718472 – 14 lb. bag, All lot codes
- UPC 068826718471 – 28 lb. bag, All lot codes
- UPC 068826718473 – 4 lb. bag, All lot codes
Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food
- UPC 72543998959 – 5 lb. bag, All lot codes
- UPC 72543998960 – 15 lb. bag, All lot codes
Visit the FDA’s website for an up-to-date list of all recalled products.
Why the Dog Food Was Recalled
The FDA found that the recalled products had excessive levels of vitamin D. Even though dogs need vitamin D, in high levels it can cause toxicity. A doggie diet that includes too much of this vitamin can lead to loss of appetite, vomiting, increased thirst, drooling, increased urination and weight loss. If the excessive levels lead to toxicity, vitamin D can cause kidney failure or even death.
Testing of dog food samples revealed that the recalled products (and possibly other products) could contain vitamin D levels that are as much as 70 times the intended amount.
How to Tell If Your Dog Food Is Part of the Recall
Check the above listed products. If you’re not sure or want the most up-to-date list (which is always recommended), visit the FDA’s website.
What Pet Parents Can Do
If your dog eats one of the affected brands/products, stop feeding it to them immediately. Watch for symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, such as loss of appetite, vomiting, increased thirst, drooling, increased urination and weight loss. Contact your pet’s veterinarian ASAP if your dog has any of the symptoms and has eaten the recalled products. The FDA recommends bringing a photo of the pet food label with you to your dog’s appointment.
Before tossing the recalled food into the trash, contact the company that makes it (you’ll find their name on the product’s label). Improperly discarded pet food presents a problem for other wildlife. A stray dog or cat, raccoon or other animal could get into your garbage and eat the affected food.