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Two New Recalls Issued On Five Kinds Of Dog Food

Two brands of dog food have issued recalls unrelated to each other. Please see below for details on each recall, what is affected, why the recall is being issued, and what to do if you have this food.

Recall 1: Hy-Vee

Hy-Vee is voluntarily recalling two formulas of their dog food due to aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxin is commonly  associated with corn, a filler used in many low-cost dog foods. Hy-Vee’s foods were found to have elevated levels of aflatoxin, which can cause stomach illness in dogs.

What’s Being Recalled

Formula - Hy-Vee Complete Dog Size UPC Lot # Ending In Best By Date
Complete Nutrition (green bag) 34 lbs. 07545005647 29812KC 11/24/13
Complete Nutrition (green bag) 8 lbs. 07545005667 29812KC 11/24/13
Complete Nutrition (green bag) 4.4 lbs. 07545005665 29812KC 11/24/13
Complete Nutrition (green bag) 4.4 lbs. 07545005665 29912KC 11/25/13
Bites, Bones & Squares (yellow bag) 20 lbs. 07545005680 29312KC 11/19/13
Bites, Bones & Squares (yellow bag) 4.4 lbs. 07545005560 29312KC 11/19/13

Where It Was Sold

The affected foods have been sold throughout the Midwest since last fall. The recalled bags were sold in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013.

What To Watch For

Aflatoxin poisoning appears with a variety of symptoms. Dogs who have it seem sluggish or lethargic, plus may have diarrhea, vomiting, a yellow tint to their eyes or gums, and/or are not interested in eating.

If your dog shows these symptoms and has eaten the recalled food, consult your veterinarian and mention this recall. So far, no illnesses in dogs have been reported in connection to this recall.

What To Do If You Have This Food

If you have food affected by this recall, immediately stop feeding it to your dog. Return the food to your place of purchase for a full refund, even if the bag has been opened.

If you have further questions, contact Hy-Vee at 800-289-8343 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.

Recall 2: The Honest Kitchen

The Honest Kitchen is voluntarily recalling three formulas of their dog food due to possible salmonella contamination. One of their suppliers has recalled a batch of human-grade parsley for salmonella contamination. While no batches of The Honest Kitchen have tested positive for salmonella, they are recalling foods with this ingredient as a precaution.

What’s Being Recalled

Formula Item Code(s) Production Date Size(s) Lot Number(s)

V4, VR


4 lbs. or 10 lbs. box

2332A (batches 1 - 3)
Verve VR 11/1/12 10 lbs. box 3062A (batches 8 - 9)
Zeal Z4, ZR 8/14/12 4 lbs. or 10 lbs. box 2272A (batches 1 - 5)
Zeal ZR 9/21/12 10 lbs. box 2652A (batches 1 - 4)
Thrive TM 9/18/12 1 oz. sample 2622A (batch 3)

Where It Was Sold

The recalled foods were sold throughout the United States and Canada via mail order, retail stores, and online after August 2012.

What To Watch For

Salmonella spreads easily and can infect both animals eating food with salmonella and people who handle contaminated product.

The following symptoms are signs of salmonella in dogs:

  •  Fever
  •  Decreased appetite
  •  Lethargy
  •  Abdominal pain
  •  Diarrhea (sometimes bloody)
  •  Vomiting

To prevent illness, remove the food and carefully wash any bowls or storage containers it has touched. Wash your hands well after handling these items as well.

What To Do If You Have This Food

The Honest Kitchen will give you a refund on your purchase. To get this, follow the steps below:

  1)  Discontinue use of this food.
  2)  Remove the UPC bar code and lot code from the package.
  3)  Throw away the food in a place your dog will not be able to get it back.
  4)  Mail the UPC bar code and lot code to The Honest Kitchen along with a Reimbursement Form (found here) to the address at the bottom of the form.

If you have any questions, you can contact The Honest Kitchen at 866-437-9729 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, or

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