The Ottumwa Courier

February 26, 2013

Hy-Vee dog food recalled due to toxin


Daily Iowegian

MINNEAPOLIS — 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 Friday.

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 Oct. 26, 2012 and Jan. 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. If you notice your dog experiencing any of these, contact your veterinarian immediately.

“If your pet has been receiving one of these products, and isn't acting right, take him or her to your family veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Jen Myers, medical director of BluePearl in Minnesota. “Or if it is after-hours, get them to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.”

The following products are subject to the recall:

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 34-lb.

UPC:     07545005647

Lot # ending with:    29812KC

“Best By” Date:    11/24/13

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 8-lb

UPC:    07545005667

Lot # ending with:    29812KC

“Best By” Date:    11/24/13

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 4.4-lb.

UPC:                        07545005665

Lot # ending with:     29812KC

“Best By” Date:         11/24/13

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) – 4.4-lb.

UPC:                        07545005665

Lot # ending with:     29912KC

“Best By” Date:          11/25/13

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow Bag) – 20-lb.

UPC:                    07545005680

Lot # ending with:     29312KC

“Best By” Date:         11/19/13

Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow Bag) – 4.4-lb.

UPC:                        07545005560

Lot # ending with:     29312KC

“Best By” Date:         11/19/13

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners

Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.