Cargill Recalls Two Dog Food Brands

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Cargill has announced a voluntary dog food recall involving two of its brands due to contamination with aflatoxin.

Both River Run and Marksman dry dog foods were produced at Cargill’s Lecompte, Louisiana plant.

The recall includes 13 states and 2 territories: Kansas, Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Southeast Indiana, Southern Illinois, Hawaii, and limited areas of Florida, California Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

The FDA has confirmed the Cargill recall in its latest news bulletin.

Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by a certain species of mold commonly found in cereal grains.

The products listed have Lot Codes 4K0335 through 4K0365, 4K1001 through 4K1335, LL0335 through LL0365, and LL1001 through LL1335 on the tag or bag and include:

  • River Run Professional Formula 27-18 Dog Food 50#
  • River Run 21% Protein Dog Food (50# and 40#)
  • River Run Hi-NRG 24-20 Dog Food 50#
  • River Run Hi-Pro No-Soy Dog Food (50# and 40#)
  • Marksman 28-18 Dog Food 40#
  • Marksman 24-20 Dog Food 40#
  • Marksman 20-10 Dog Food (50# and 40#)

What to Watch For

According to Cargill…

“Exposure to excessive levels of aflatoxin, especially over extended periods of time, can lead to reduced liver function.

Call your veterinarian if your dog has had a product that may have contained aflatoxin and exhibits sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, diarrhea, or yellowing of the eyes or gums.”

What to Do

If a dog shows any of these signs, consumers should stop feeding the suspected products immediately — and consult a veterinarian.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Cargill has suggested consumers return any unused portion of the recalled dog food to the store where it was bought for a full refund. For more information, call the company at 855-460-1532.

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  • bbigdogmoa

    Have an airedale terrier with a terrible soy and wheat allergy. Does anyone have reciepe for a guletin free dog birthday cake

  • lulu

    this 4/7/13 ad I just started a new 15# bag of of Calif Natural Herring and sweet potato. Over 3 days she has ingested 4 cups of the dry food and this AM, after the last cup,she is throwing up non stop to where there is only bright yellow bile coming up. HAS TO BE THE FOOD! I am returning it the moment the store opens today. Hopefully, she will be ok but I have never seen her this sick. Shaking, tail between the legs, etc. She is a 3 yr old choc lab so Very weird to see her not want to eat and be lethargic–even when she has thrown up from something in the past, she was ready to eat immediately.

  • Catherineclarkson22

    My dogs have been sick too after eating this.  When I called the company they told me the food was fine, but I don’t believe it is.

  • AChig

    I am going throught the same thing with my dog. She got sick and we haven’t fed her the dog food and finally got her back on track after a bland diet and slowy started introducing the Califonia Natural Chincken Mean & Rice as well back into her diet and after two days she seemed fine until tonight. She will not touch her food and I am having to take her out again with un-regular bowel movements. This is the same behavior as five days ago. I am starting to think it’s the food. Did you switch your dogs food or buy a new bag?

  • Tanya

    My two dogs recently got sick (requiring veterinary care) from a newly opened bag of California Natural Chicken Meal & Rice.  I contacted the manufacturer and the FDA.  I sent a one pound sample to the manufacturer for lab testing.  Still haven’t heard back with any results…and haven’t heard of any recalls in the media.

  • Anonymous

    I just read the info they posted on the web.  Says they received a contaminated shipment of corn in the Lecompte, LA plant and their tests were not working as they should…I wonder what else is made at that plant?

  • Lindsay

    I have a friend that feeds Loyall and it’s made by the same company, and the names are similar with the protein/fat being part of the label. I wonder if that one is next. She is very worried now.

  • http://www.howtomakedogfood.org how to make dog food

    Cargill says they have not received any reports of dogs getting sick
    from River Run or Marksman dog food, the two brands being recalled, but
    they are making sure it doesn’t happen by pulling them from shelves.

  • Kean

    I do hope none or very few were affected. Hopefully the recall was quick enough :( Poor lil furries. Why didn’t they do a proper research first anyway? Aflatoxin.. I’ll remember the name.

    Visiting from Dog Cake Recipes

  • Carrie

    All three of my dogs got very I’ll recently from something contaminating California natural herring and potato no recall has been forthcoming and the company was recently purchase by p&g
    Imagine that and now there’s an iams recall

  • Marie

    Hi Mike,

    That is very interesting. Thank you. :)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Marie… Aspergillus mold can grow on the surface of potatoes. But this issue does not appear to be as common as with cereal grains.

  • Michelle

    Are these made in the same facilities as the Iams?

  • Marie

    Melissa, you’re probably right. :-/

  • melissa

    Lovely-Two brands within 2 days- Scary part is I am betting that there are others who purchased the same corn or cereal grains

  • Marie

    Question: Can aflatoxin form on grain-free dry foods?