Maker: ANF Pet, Inc.
Cause: Elevated levels of Vitamin D
Announcement: FDA announcement dated Nov. 28, 2018 (archived here)
What was recalled: The following dry dog foods:
- 3 kg bags of ANF Lamb Meal & Rice Adult Formula, best by Nov. 23, 2019, UPC #9097231622
- 7.5 kg bags of ANF Lamb Meal & Rice Adult Formula, best by Nov. 20, 2019, UPC #9097203300
These packages were distributed in retail stores only in Puerto Rico, according to the announcement, which added that “there are no other ANF products affected by this recall.”
Customers who have purchased any of the affected products should stop feeding them and return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund. You may also contact ANF Pet, Inc. at 936-560-5930 during business hours.
Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs — including renal dysfunction.
This is just the latest in a dizzying number of dog food recalls this month over concerns about elevated Vitamin D levels.
The full list of Vitamin D related recalls now includes 9 dog food brands:
So far, all of these recalled foods have been dry dog foods — no wet foods, cat foods or treats. All of them contain either chicken as the primary ingredient or, in a single case, lamb as a primary ingredient.
We have thus far not been able to determine why dog foods keep being recalled for high Vitamin D levels. But we do know that the very first of these recalls, for the Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Recipe, mentioned that “a formulation error led to the elevated Vitamin D in the product.” That sounds familiar.
A few years ago, in October 2010, Blue Buffalo issued a recall of a few dry dog foods for the same reason — elevated Vitamin D levels. The company explained that “a sequencing error occurred at the supplier of the dry ingredients for the products,” according to National Products Insider,1 which added:
“Immediately prior to producing the ingredients for the dog food production runs, the supplier had run a product for another customer that contained a more potent form of Vitamin D used in chicken feeds, which carried over into the manufacturing of the BLUE products.”
My hunch is that something similar happened with these current products — they probably all share a mutual supplier of one of their dry ingredients, which wasn’t mixed properly.
I also suspect that we’ll be seeing even more of these Vitamin D related recalls in the days ahead, so stay tuned…
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There were more recalls in 2018. See the previous one:
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