Hy-Vee, an employee-owned corporation, has issued a voluntary recall for certain bags of Hy-Vee dog food due to elevated levels of a chemical contaminant commonly found in corn.
View a full list of recalled products.
According to a FDA press release, routine tests conducted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture indicated higher-than-normal levels of aflatoxin in several samples of Hy-Vee dog food produced at the Kansas City plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC.
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring chemical produced by the mold fungus Aspergillus, which is commonly found in corn during drought conditions. Pets that ingest high levels of aflatoxin may become ill over time. If you believe your pet ingested a higher-than–normal level of aflatoxin, consult your veterinarian. No illnesses have been reported and poses no health risk to humans.
The recalled products were distributed to Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013. The recall is limited to the products listed above and no other Hy-Vee dog food products or code dates have been affected.
Customers are urged to check the Best By dates and discontinue use if their products are listed in the recall. Recalled dog food, opened or unopened, may be returned to Hy-Vee stores for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may call 800-289-8343, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.