Blue Buffalo Company Recalls Select Dog Foods

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Published: October 13, 2010

A recall of dog foods made by the Blue Buffalo Company has been voluntarily initiated by the company after reports that excessive amounts of vitamin D had been detected in several of their products. Cat foods are not included in this recall.

In both FDA and Blue Buffalo issued press releases, the following foods were listed in the mandatory recall:

  • Blue Wilderness Chicken in 4.5 lb., 11 lb., and 24 lb. Bags
  • Blue Basics Salmon and Potato in 11 lb. and 24 lb bags
  • Blue Large Breed Adult Chicken and Brown Rice in 30 lb. Bags

The FDA reports that 36 cases of elevated vitamin D levels have so far been reported to veterinary authorities, with no serious long-term effects or deaths. Blue Buffalo CEO Bill Bishop has stated that he believes the addition of too much vitamin D was the result of scheduling error, when an ingredient supplier produced a vitamin D supplement shortly before preparation of Blue Buffalo foods were prepared using the same equipment, resulting in some of the vitamin D being carried over into the foods.

While the levels of vitamin D do not appear to be significant enough to cause serious health concerns, there is a potential for some dogs that are more sensitive to variations in blood balance to become ill. In this case, excessive amounts of vitamin D in the blood can result in the clinical condition hypercalcemia.

Symptoms of hypercalcemia include increased thirst and urination, vomiting, lack of appetite, lack of energy and enlarged lymph nodes. If your dog is showing any of these symptoms you are urged to stop feeding your dog the recalled brand and take the dog to be examined by your veterinarian so that it can be treated immediately.

If you are a consumer of Blue Buffalo products and have questions or concerns, you may telephone the company at 1-877-523-9114 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., EST.

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