Sunshine Mills Dry Dog Food Recall Alert: Possible Aflatoxin Contamination
What Sunshine Mills Dry Dog Food Products Have Been Recalled?
As of July 30, 2021, Sunshine Mills, Inc., a producer of pet food products under various labels, has issued a voluntary recall of six existing dry food products. The affected products have potential aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxins are toxins produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus that can grow on various pet food ingredients.
Which Dry Food Products Are Under Recall?
Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing the voluntary recall, but the affected products are under differing company names. The included labels are Triumph, Evolve, Wild Harvest, Nurture Farms, Heart to Tail Pure Being, and Elm Pet Foods.
A comprehensive list of the recalled products is as follows:
|Product Name||Net Weight||UPC||Best By Range|
|Triumph Wild Spirit Craft Dog Food Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe||3.5 lbs||#073657 008736||Best by Feb. 11, 2022||Lot Code TD2 11/Feb/2021|
|Triumph Wild Spirit Craft Dog Food Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe||30 lbs||#073657 008750||Best by Feb. 11, 2022||Lot Code TA2 11/Feb/2021|
|Evolve Classic Super Premium Food for Dogs Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe||15 lbs||#073657 008750||Best by Feb. 11, 2022, Lot Code TA1 11/Feb/2021||Lot Code TA1 11/Feb/2021|
Elm Pet Foods Naturals Chicken & Rice Recipe Dog Food
|40 lbs||#070155 225221||Best by Feb. 11, 2022||Lot Code TA1 11/Feb/20215|
|Evolve Classic Super Premium Food for Dogs Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe||15 lbs||#073657 008750||Best by Feb. 11, 2022||Lot Code TA2 11/Feb/2021|
|Evolve Classic Super Premium Food for Dogs Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe||30 lbs||#073657 380313||Best by Feb. 11, 2022||Lot Code TA2 11/Feb/2021|
|Wild Harvest Premium Dog Food Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe||14 lbs||#711535 509523||Best by Feb. 11, 2022||Lot Code TA2 11/Feb/2021|
|Nurture Farms Natural Dog Food Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe||15 lbs||#070155 113597||Best by Feb. 11, 2022||Lot Code TA2 11/Feb/2021|
|Heart to Tail Pure Being Natural Dog Food Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe||5 lbs||#4099100129441||Best by Feb. 11, 2022||Lot Code TD2 11/Feb/2021|
Why Was The Dry Dog Food Recalled?
July 30, 2021: Sunshine Mills, Inc. proceeded with the recall due to potential aflatoxin contamination. If a pet consumes food that contains aflatoxins, the toxins have the potential to accumulate over time. It is a concern for most pets as they continue to eat the same food daily with minimal variety. So far, in 2021, Midwestern Pet Food is the only other dog food company to issue a recall for potential aflatoxin contamination.
What Should I Do With The Food? Should I Be Concerned About My Dog?
Due to potential adverse reactions in dogs of any size, immediately stop feeding the recalled food to your dog. Aflatoxin poisoning can cause liver damage that goes undetected due to lack of symptoms. Contact your veterinarian if you have been feeding your dog any of the listed products to ensure they are aware of the situation. Then return the food to the original purchase location for a full refund.
What Do I Need To Know About Aflatoxin Poisoning?
Aflatoxin poisoning in dogs may come with various symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, and yellowish tint to their eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage. Since liver damage does not always come with any symptoms, it can occasionally result in death if left untreated.
That is why it is necessary to report any changes to your veterinarian. There has been no evidence that humans who come in contact with pet food containing aflatoxins are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning.
However, you should always wash your hands after handling edible pet products such as food and treats to be safe.
How To Contact Sunshine Mills, Inc.
If consumers wish to contact the company directly with any questions or concerns, they can be reached at 1-800-705-2111 from 7 AM to 4 PM CT, Monday through Friday. Or by email at [email protected]
/dog-food-recalls/If you are a U.S. citizen, you may report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your local area. You may also go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page. For a complete list of dog food recall alerts, click here.