Iams Dog Food Recall
On December 6, 2011 the Procter & Gamble Company issued a voluntary recall of Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food. The “use by” expiration dates are February 5 or February 6, 2013. The recall is due to higher than acceptable aflatoxin levels. The good news is that this lot of dog food was only distributed to a limited number of retailers on the eastern seaboard of the United States and the bags have already been removed from the store shelves.
Aflatoxin is part of a fungus family known as Aspergillus. The fungus occurs naturally in the environment both in the soil, on decaying vegetation, and on grains. Aflatoxins are toxic and are highly carcinogenic. Unfortunately many grains have low levels of Aflatoxins in them. Almost all peanut butter has levels of the substance in it.
Since Aflatoxins are so prevalent in grains, seeds, and nuts the FDA has set a standard for acceptable levels of the fungus. This level is considered to be a safe level and most products, such as peanut butter, contain well below the FDA’s recommended level.
When P&G learned that this particular lot of dry dog food contained levels of Aflatoxins above the FDA safe level, they removed the entire lot from the store shelves. The lot number contains the following UPC Codes: 1901402305, 1901410208, and 190140184.
If you purchased this product please stop using it immediately and discard the contents of the bag in a safe manner. You can then contact Iams at 866-908-1569 for a replacement voucher. The phone lines are open during normal business hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.