The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported a recall of rabbit pellets that were manufactured by the Intermountain Farmers Association (IFA) of Draper, Utah, between March 14, 2016 and September 15, 2016. The recall was initiated by the company after customers reported that their rabbits had become ill after feeding. In some cases, the illnesses led to fatalities.
The initial investigation discovered higher than acceptable levels of vitamin D in the feed pellets, which was then traced to an error in the formulation. Rabbits that have consumed the affected feed may show signs of hypercalcemia, which includes symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, decreased appetite, weakness, and in severe cases, death.
The recalled rabbit feed pellets were distributed through IFA country stores and independent dealers in Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah.
The product comes in a 50-pound poly paper package marked with a lot number containing #1220 and a date between 03/15/16 and 09/15/16 on the side of the blue label. The listed dates delineate the first use of the pellet formula and the last date the formula is known to have been used before the error was discovered.
According to the FDA, IFA has quarantined all of their unsold rabbit feed pellets from the manufacturing period listed above. Rabbit pellets manufactured by IFA after 09/15/2016 have been confirmed to contain appropriate vitamin D levels and are safe to feed to rabbits. The company will continue to work with the FDA to ensure that the problem has been fully resolved.
Consumers who have purchased 50-pound bags of #1220 Rabbit Pellets with the above manufacturing dates are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact Dr. Jamie Allen, PhD Quality Assurance/Compliance Manager directly at 801-619-1367, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, except holidays.