Kroger Pet Food Recall Affects 19 States

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Before you dish out the food for your dog or cat, check the label. If you are serving up pet food brands sold by Kroger, the product may have been recalled. Brands on the pet food recall list include Pet Pride, Old Yeller, and Kroger Value.

Recalled pet food may contain aflatoxin

Kroger, the largest grocery store chain in the United States, has recalled dog, kitten, and cat food sold in stores in 19 states. The Kroger stores affected are in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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In addition, consumers in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska should beware of these brands sold in Baker’s, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Gerbes, Hilander, Jay C, Owen’s, Pay Less, and Scott’s stores.

Aflatoxins are among the most potent toxic substances that occur naturally, according to International Crops Research Institute. The substances are a group of related mycotoxins produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus on corn and other crops. Corn is typically the first or second ingredient in many pet foods. Ingestion of aflatoxins by cats and dogs can cause bloody diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, jaundice, and severe liver damage.

For a complete list of the recalled cat and dog food, consumers can visit the Kroger press release. The company urges consumers to not use the recalled items and to return the pet food to the store for a full refund or replacement. Consumers may also contact Kroger toll-free at 800-632-6900 or visit the Kroger recall website.

SOURCES:
International Crops Research Institute
Kroger Company

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