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Alert: Kroger Recalls Pet Food In 19 States

Alert: Kroger Recalls Pet Food In 19 States

The Kroger Co. announced Saturday that it will recall select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.

Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops.

Several brands of both cat and dog food are suspected of contamination, including Kroger Value brand, Old Yeller, and Pet Pride.

Click here for a full list of brands and varieties that are being recalled.

Kroger stores in the following states are included in this recall:  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The recall also includes Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.

According to Cornell University:

“The occurence of aflatoxins is influenced by certain environmental factors; hence the extent of contamination will vary with geographic location, agricultural and agronomic practices, and the susceptibility of commodities to fungal invasion during preharvest, storage, and/or processing periods.

“Aflatoxins have received greater attention than any other mycotoxins because of their demonstrated potent carcinogenic effect in susceptible laboratory animals and their acute toxicological effects in humans.”

Those who have purchased these brands of pet food in the past should pay attention to their pet’s behavior very carefully.

If you detect any symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your veterinarian immediately.

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3:20PM PST on Dec 31, 2010

Thats to bad,

I have tried many brands of food and my dogs and cat only like Old Yeller brand. And my 11mo baby wont leave the food alone either. Likes to play in it with the occasional in the mouth.

Would be nice to have a date or better batch numbers to use.

8:40AM PST on Dec 24, 2010

These pet foods are of a poor quality to begin with, indigestible, pesticide-laden corn usually the first listed ingredient.

12:54PM PST on Dec 23, 2010

Thanks for the heads-up.

2:32AM PST on Dec 23, 2010

Noted.

11:49PM PST on Dec 21, 2010

Thanks for the heads up. I only get kibble for my garage cats at Fred Meyer (Kroger) and treats.

Alice E., I agree with you for the most part........however, while it's true cats are obligatory carnivores, dogs DO need or get along well with some grains, just NOT corn! I never get any food for either species if it contains corn, and try to stay as grain free as possible. My cat's food (Blue Buffalo) conains no grain, and my dog's is free of corn, wheat and wheat gluten, but does have brown rice, carrots and cranberries. When feeding two dogs that weigh over 80 lbs each, it becomes very expensive to feed raw. I have fed a semi-raw diet, and mix the kibble I feed mine with canned pumpkin, canned UNSALTED green beans, yogurt, cottage cheese and raw egg yolk, and if I can get it reasonably enough, sometimes raw, ground turkey.

Dandelion, please don't blame Kroger. Remember those retailers don't formulate their own foods/feeds.........they buy from manufacturers SUCH AS Purina and re-label it under their own name. Old Roy (Walmart) is Purina, so is Kirkland. Corn mold is also invisible, tasteless and no scent. The only way of detecting it is with a special "black light" and even then, it can be on a tiny portion of an entire truckload. I think it's unfair to blame a company for missing something like this, but the tainted wheat gluten that killed so many animals last year is inexcusable!

5:47PM PST on Dec 21, 2010

Noted, thanks...thankfully I don't buy any of these brands.

2:48PM PST on Dec 21, 2010

Noted, thank you Beth.

11:18AM PST on Dec 21, 2010

thanks for sharing, i'll be on the look out!

8:38AM PST on Dec 21, 2010

Yes, Margaret here we go again. They do not fix the problems just allow it to go on and on. We had less of this in the old days when we didn't have all these supposed safe guards to our foods.

7:59AM PST on Dec 21, 2010

Thanks for the link to which Kroger pet foods are being recalled. i've gotta get another bag today, & now i'll be sure to get another brand.

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