Aflatoxin Information: Dog Food Recall

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What is aflatoxin?

It’s a naturally occurring substance resulting from the mold Aspergillus. Certain foods contain detectable levels of aflatoxin. Regulatory limits on foods potentially prone to aflatoxin, including animal food, have been established to safeguard human and animal health.  

How does aflatoxin get into pet food?

Mold can occur on crops during growing. Aflatoxin can occur on grains when a specific mold is “stressed” by certain conditions. Higher-than-normal aflatoxin can occur during the growing of corn or after harvest during storage.

How does aflatoxin affect dogs?

Exposure to excessive levels of aflatoxin, especially over extended periods of time, can lead to reduced liver function. Call your veterinarian if your dog has had a product that may have contained aflatoxin and exhibits sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, diarrhea, or yellowing of the eyes or gums.

Can aflatoxin affect humans?

Yes, if foods with excessive aflatoxin are consumed. Handling of pet food associated with this recall should not pose a health risk.