Procter & Gable Company (P&G) has issued a recall to a single production lot of Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dog food. This is due to a detection of aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit in a shipment of 7.0, 8.0, and 17.5 lb dry food bags.
According to a publication by the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at A&M University, aflatoxin could potentially lead to fatal liver disease in canines. However, low levels of exposure require regular consumption for several weeks in order to create a high enough exposure to cause liver disease.
According to the Canine Liver Disease Foundation, liver disease is among the top five leading causes of non-accidental death in dogs.
“Iams is committed to helping dogs and cats live long, healthy lives through innovative nutrition..,” boasts Iams’ website. However, this incident could lead consumers to question the integrity of the dog food brand if there is an acceptable level of a harmful toxin in their pet’s food.
Since Iams’ distribution of the product, there have been no reports of health effects related to the incident. Consumers have been asked to discontinue use of the product immediately, as a preventative measure, and contact Iams for a replacement voucher.
The puppy food was distributed to a limited number of retailers in the eastern United States. (AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, SC, VA). It has been reported that all retailers have been notified about the recall and since removed the product from their shelves.
For further information or a product replacement or refund contact P&G toll-free at 866-908-1569 (M – F, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m EST) or visit www.iams.com