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Certain batches of dog foods sold under 17 brands such as Champ and Family Pet were recently recalled. Here’s what you need to know.

By Daily Paws Editors
Updated October 13, 2020
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packaging for Paws Happy Life Butcher's Choice Dog Food
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Following the company’s September recall alert affecting brands like Family Pet, Heartland Farms, and Paws Happy Life, pet food maker Sunshine Mills, Inc. has expanded their voluntary recall to include several additional batches of dog food. 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:

  • Champ Mini Chunk beef & chicken flavor
  • Family Pet Meaty Cuts beef chicken & cheese flavors premium dog food
  • Field Trial complete nutrition premium
  • Good Dog hi-energy formula
  • Heartland Farms grilled favorites beef chicken & cheese flavor
  • Hunter's Special hi energy formula, maintenance formula, and farm & ranch recipe super chunks
  • Old Glory hearty beef & chicken flavor
  • Paws Happy Life butcher’s choice and nutritionally complete
  • Pet Expert always fit formula
  • Principle super premium natural breeder pack
  • Retriever bites & bones adult complete nutrition savory chicken flavor
  • River Bend basic nutrition and select
  • Sportsman's Pride maintenance adult formula
  • Sprout bites & bones, hi-protein, maintenance, and puppy
  • Thrifty adult
  • Top Runner premium
  • Whiskers & Tails adult recipe complete

The lot codes of these 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 initially 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.

The company says that distributors in the U.S., Japan, and Colombia have been affected by the recall.

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.

Packaging for Heartland Farms Grilled Favorites Beef, Chicken & Cheese
Credit: FDA
Packaging for Family Pet Meaty Cuts Beef, Chicken & Cheese
Credit: FDA