Pet food company expands recall
Pet food company Hill's Pet Nutrition has expanded its recall of dog food products in Australia after they were found to contain elevated levels of Vitamin D.
The expanded list of products follows a previous voluntary recall on February 1 of canned dog food. The latest recall relates to the same vitamin premix, the company said in a statement on its website.
The affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores, veterinary clinics and online stores around Australia. No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected.
“We are deeply sorry to announce that we are expanding our February 1, 2019 voluntary canned dog food recall due to elevated levels of vitamin D,” the company said.
“Because of our ongoing commitment to quality and safety, we’ve conducted a detailed review of our canned dog foods.
“Our review determined that there are additional products affected by the same vitamin D premix that caused the February recall. No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected.”
The company said Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, though ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure.
Dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.
Hill's advised pet owners who purchased the product with the specific lot or date codes on its recall list should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately.
The late recall has sparked anger among pet owners, with many of them venting their frustration on the company’s Facebook page.
Hill's is a US-based pet food company that produces dog and cat foods.
The products to be recalled are:
*Hill's Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Chicken and Vegetable Entree Dog Food 363g
*Hill's Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Canine Chicken and Vegetable Stew 156g
*Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Spinach Stew Dog Food 354g.
*Hill's Science Diet Adult Healthy Cuisine Braised Beef, Carrots and Peas Stew Dog Food 354g
*Hill's Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable and Chicken Stew 156g
*Hill's Science Diet Adult Beef & Barley Entrée Dog Food 370g.
A full list of recalled products can be found here.
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