Wrong batch of aflatoxin contaminated dog food recalled, new batch reported: big boo-boo or little oopsy-daisy? You decide

funny-dog-pictures-derpy-derpThis latest, or should I say very late, updated recall of Advanced Animal Nutrition’s Dog Power Dry Dog Food back in December, was updated today with all new date codes (lot numbers).

More precisely, the recall has been corrected, as in the original recall was incorrect. The original recall had the wrong lot numbers. It’s sort of the FDA’s version of an oopsy daisy, only they call it an update. I call it a f*ckup. Well, somebody f*cked up anyway, whether it was the manufacturer’s boo boo or the FDA’s is anyones guess.

Assuming the original lot numbers from the incorrect recall were not a part of the recall, we can also assume they were not contaminated with aflatoxin. Instead, another all new lot of contaminated dog food was discovered to have been in the market instead – for a year.

Wait, how long, exactly? Let’s do the math. The affected products were manufactured between Jan.  4, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011. That could mean the contaminated dog food could have been on the market, presumably sold and thus fed to dogs in three states, for over a YEAR?

Why don’t you read the updated/correct recall notice and tell me what you make of it…I’m dying to know, as I’m sure are the pet parents who might have had the misfortune to purchase the aflatoxin contaminated dog food and feed it to their dogs:silly dog paper hat cute funny

Updated News Release With Corrected Lot Numbers
Advanced Animal Nutrition Recalls Dog Power Dry Dog Food


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 13, 2011 -Advanced Animal Nutrition today announced a voluntary recall of its dry Dog Power Dog Food– due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit.  The affected products were manufactured between Jan.  4, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011.  No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Advanced Animal Nutrition pet food products are involved in this recall.  Affected products are:

**  DOG POWER ADULT MAINTENANCE  FORMULA 21-12 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
**  DOG POWER HUNTERS FORMULA 27-14 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
**  DOG POWER HI-PRO PERFORMANCE FORMULA 26-18 Dog Food, 50 pound bags

The recall only applies to the above products with the following Packaging Date Codes (lot numbers):  K0004 through K1322. (UPDATED LOT NUMBERS ARE 4K1004 THRU 4K1322)

The affected dry dog food products were distributed in the following states – Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.  Retailers have already been instructed to remove the affected brands and products from store shelves.

While no adverse health effects related to these products have been reported, Advanced Animal Nutrition is implementing this recall as a precautionary measure.  Consumers are urged to return affected products – whether in opened or unopened packages – to their place of purchase for a full refund.  For more information, contact 866-648-7646.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product.  Pets that have consumed any of the above recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

 December 12, 2011 Original Press Release
Page Last Updated: 02/02/2012

(Source: FDA)

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