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Pet owners beware: 3 dog foods recalled over mold byproduct levels

Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY
Published 3:02 p.m. ET Sept. 5, 2020

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The pet food manufacturer Sunshine Mills has issued a voluntary recall of dog food products due to potentially high levels of aflatoxin, a byproduct of mold. 

The family-owned company sold the dog food in question under the brand names Family Pet, Heartland Farms and Paws Happy Life.

The dog food was sold at retailers nationwide. The list of potentially hazardous products includes “Family Pet Meaty Cuts Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavors Premium Dog Food,” “Heartland Farms Grilled Favorites Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavor,” as well as “Paws Happy Life Butcher’s Choice Dog Food.”

A release published by the Food and Drug Administration warns the products may contain too much aflatoxin, a naturally-occurring mold byproduct that can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.

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“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,” according to the release.

So far, no illnesses have been reported. However, consumers who have purchased the recalled products should stop using them and can return unused portions for a full refund. 

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