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    Pet food recall: Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy due to Aflatoxin

    Posted: 06 Dec 2011 11:35 AM PST

    Iams pet food recall due to Aflatoxin December 2011Many of us have been waiting for a recall notice from Iams after their recent recall that was officially a retrieval. Well, here it is. They’re recalling some of their Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy food due to Aflatoxins (the same reason for the recent product pull.)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 6, 2011 – – The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily retrieved a single production lot of dry dog food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit. This product has already been retrieved from store shelves. No illnesses have been reported in association with this production lot to date, and no other Iams pet food products are involved.

    Product affected by this announcement:

    ams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food with Use By or Expiration Dates of February 5 or February 6, 2013

    7.0 lb bag
    Code Date: 12784177I6
    UPC: 1901402305

    8.0 lb bag
    Code Date: 12794177D2
    Code Date: 12794177D3
    UPC: 1901410208

    17.5 lb bag
    Code Date: 12794177K1
    Code Date: 12794177K2
    UPC: 1901401848

    The affected product lot was distributed to a limited number of retailers located in the eastern United States (AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, SC, VA).  These retailers have already removed this product from store shelves.  No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.

    While no health effects related to this product have been reported, P&G retrieved this product as a precautionary measure.  Consumers who purchased the product listed should stop using the product and discard it and contact Iams at the number below for a replacement voucher.  Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.  Pets which have consumed this product 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.

    For further information or a product replacement or refund contact P&G toll-free at 866-908-1569
    (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST) or

    You’ll find the recall notice on the FDA website: P&G Voluntarily Recalls One Production Lot of Dry Dog Food

    And here’s an interesting item that Phyllis Entis of eFoodAlert noticed about one of the codes listed in the product pull and the recall. Here’s what she says,

    … the 12794177D3 code date included in today's recall is identical to one of the code dates listed in Price Chopper's original recall notice – and associated with a Cat Food.

    The way Iams handled the earlier “retrieval” has many people very upset and this certainly won’t help. I’m very curious why this is a recall, yet the other foods affected by Aflatoxin were not officially recalled. It makes me wonder how many more foods may be a problem. The fact that we were told by Iams, that they were “working this situation with the FDA” tells me there is much more to this story.