More Kinds of Dog Food Recalled for Potentially Toxic Vitamin D Levels

Mae Love
March 23, 2019

A popular dog food company is expanding on its recall from earlier this year.

In some extreme cases, high levels of vitamin D can lead to life threatening problems.

The Kansas-based company announced the expansion of its January 31 recall Wednesday in a letter to pet stores and veterinarians, as well as a notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration's website.

The company announced the recall expansion in a letter to veterinarians on Wednesday.

It said a detailed review "determined that there were additional products affected by that vitamin premix, and it is for that reason that we are expanding the recall".

Sunshine Mills recalled several types of dog and puppy food in December for potentially high levels of Vitamin D as well.

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"We believe that hundreds, if not thousands, of pets have died or become seriously ill as a result of eating Hill's foods with toxic levels of vitamin D", emailed Nyran Rose Rasche, a Chicago-based attorney with Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel, which filed a class action against Hill last month.

Read the full FDA recall notice here.

The expanded list of products follows a previous voluntary recall on February 1 of canned dog food. That investigation confirmed elevated levels of vitamin D caused by a supplier error.

Its posting says the company has "received a limited number of complaints of pet illness related to some of these products" and advises that consumers who "purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately or return unopened product to your retailer for a refund".

Dr. Ann Hohenhaus said that a simple blood test could reveal if a dog has too much vitamin D, CBS reported. "But sometimes things start small and get bigger, so stay tuned, and check your labels".

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