Certain batches of dog foods sold under the brands Family Pet, Heartland Farms, Paws Happy Life were recalled last week. Here’s what you need to know.

By Daily Paws Editors
September 07, 2020

Certain batches of dog food sold under the brands Family Pet, Heartland Farms, and Paws Happy Life were voluntarily recalled last week by the manufacturer, Sunshine Mills, Inc. The batches have potentially elevated levels of aflatoxin, which could be harmful to pets if consumed in significant  quantities. 

Specifically, the products recalled include certain lots of: 

  • Family Pet Meaty Cuts beef chicken & cheese flavors premium dog food
  • Heartland Farms grilled favorites beef chicken & cheese flavor
  • Paws Happy Life butcher's choice 

The lot codes of recalled batches are available here on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) website. 

According to Sunshine Mills, Inc.’s announcement about the recall, the potential for aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit was discovered by routine sampling performed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. The testing showed that a sample of a single 4-pound bag of one lot of the product contained elevated levels of aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus

Nationwide, retailers have been asked to remove the recalled lots from their inventory and shelves. 

“Pets that have consumed any of the 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,” Sunshine Mills, Inc. recommends. 

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. Customer Service at (800) 705-2111 from 7AM to 4PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at customer.service@sunshinemills.com for additional information.