Proctor & Gamble, manufacturers of Iams pet foods, has voluntarily recalled certain bags of Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy Food due to unacceptably high aflatoxin levels.
Aflatoxin is a group of compounds produced by Aspergillus fungus growing on improperly stored grains and nuts. Aspergillis is a known carcinogen and can cause liver damage. The FDA allows aflatoxins at “low levels” because they are considered “unavoidable,” and when exposure occurs occasionally and in minute amounts, the risk is “minimized.”
Please note that Aspergillus is found in nearly all commercial peanut butter, among other common foods, and although no species is immune to aflatoxins, humans have an incredibly high tolerance level to them, and levels in foods intended for human consumption are far lower than is accepted for pet foods.
The recalled bags include 5, 7, and 17.5 pounds bags of Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy foods with expiration or use by dates of February 5 or February 6 of 2013. Bags were distributed in the North East, including Connecticut, Maryland, Maine, and New Hampshire, and all recalled bags should have been pulled off the shelves of retailers by the end of today.
Proctor & Gamble state that there have been no reported illnesses in relation to the food and that this is a precautionary measure, however, if pets who have eaten the food exhibit any of the following symptoms, they should see a veterinarian immediately.
- Lethargy or sluggishness
- Disinterest in eating
- Yellow tint to the eyes or gums
Proctor & Gamble recommend that, if you have a recalled bag of food, you stop feeding it immediately, throw it out, and contact Iams for a replacement voucher.