Hy-Vee found selling toxic dog food
February 25, 2013
KANSAS CITY – Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are urging people to stop using and return or discard certain bags of Hy-Vee dog food after the company issued a voluntary recall throughout the Midwest on Friday (Mar 1).

According to a press release issued by Hy-Vee Inc., the company is recalling certain bags of Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition, and Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares, after random routine testing performed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture found higher-than-normal levels of alflatoxin in some samples of the food.

The food was produced at a Kansas City plant operated by Pro-Pet LLC., according to the release.

Alflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical contaminant found commonly in corn and other foods that has been linked to liver damage.

Altogether, the products were distributed to customers located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013.

People who have the recalled product should return or discard it immediately.

Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, fever and yellowish eyes. Dog owners noticing any of these symptoms should contact their veterinarian immediately.

“If you notice your pet is not acting right, take him or her to your family veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Jeff Dennis, a board-certified specialist in veterinary internal medicine, and co-founder of BluePearl. “Of course, if it is an after-hours emergency, we would be glad to help at any one of our locations.”

The following products are subject to the recall:

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