Cargill recalls two brands of dog foodby Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Twin Cities-based Cargill has voluntarily recalled two regional brands of dog food after testing revealed high levels of a toxin produced by moldy corn.
The recall includes certain batches of River Run and Marksman Dog Food sold in 13 states and two territories. The recall does not include any products sold in Minnesota.
"We are not aware of any dogs getting sick, but we're recalling these products and pulling them from stores just to make sure," a statement on the company's website said.
Cargill said routine testing failed to detect high levels of aflatoxin in corn delivered to the company's plant in Lecompte, La. When ingested in high amounts, the toxin can cause liver damage in animals.
"We recently discovered our tests were not working as they should and reported it to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration," Cargill's statement said.
The FDA advises that pets that consumed the recalled food and show signs of illness should be seen by a veterinarian. Symptoms include "sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes of gums, or diarrhea."
Procter & Gamble recently issued a similar recall of dry dog food due to high levels of aflatoxin.
Full information about the recalled products is available on the FDA website.