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Six brands of dog food recalled over Aflatoxin concerns


Sunshine Mills Inc. is recalling certain products because of potentially elevated levels of aflatoxin above the allowable limit. 

Aflatoxins are mycotoxins and are dangerous because of their high level of toxicity for animals and people. Aflatoxin is produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets. People with allergies or sensitivities to mold can have reactions.

The affected products were distributed in retail stores nationally. Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves. 

There is concern that consumers may have unused portions of the recalled products in their homes because of their lone shelf life. Consumers can use the following information to determine whether they have the recalled products on hand.

Product Name Size Lot/ Date Codes UPC Number

TRIUMPH® WILD SPIRIT CRAFT

DOG FOOD DEBONED CHICKEN &

BROWN RICE RECIPE

3.5 lbs.

Best if used By 11 Feb 2022

Lot: TD2 11/Feb/2021

073657 008736

TRIUMPH® WILD SPIRIT CRAFT

DOG FOOD DEBONED CHICKEN &

BROWN RICE RECIPE

30 lbs.

Best if used By 11 Feb 2022

Lot: TA2 11/Feb/2021

073657 008750

EVOLVE® CLASSIC SUPER

PREMIUM FOOD FOR DOGS

DEBONED CHICKEN & BROWN

RICE RECIPE

15 lbs.

Best if used By 11 Feb 2022

Lot: TA1 11/Feb/2021

073657 380320

Best if used By 11 Feb 2022

Lot: TA2 11/Feb/2021

WILD HARVEST® PREMIUM DOG

FOOD CHICKEN & BROWN RICE

RECIPE

14 lbs.

Best if used By 11 Feb 2022

Lot: TA2 11/Feb/2021

711535 509523

NURTURE FARMS® NATURAL

DOG FOOD DEBONED CHICKEN &

BROWN RICE RECIPE

15 lbs.

Best if used By 11 Feb 2022

Lot: TA2 11/Feb/2021

070155 113597

EVOLVE® CLASSIC SUPER

PREMIUM FOOD FOR DOGS

DEBONED CHICKEN & BROWN

RICE RECIPE

30 lbs.

Best if used By 11 Feb 2022

Lot: TA2 11/Feb/2021

073657 380313

HEART TO TAIL PURE BEING®

NATURAL DOG FOOD DEBONED

CHICKEN & BROWN RICE RECIPE

5 lbs.

Best if used By 11 Feb 2022

Lot: TD2 11/Feb/2021

4099100129441

ELM PET FOODS NATURALS

CHICKEN & RICE RECIPE DOG

FOOD

40 lbs.

Best if used By 11 Feb 2022

Lot: TA1 11/Feb/2021

070155 225221


As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported in association with these products. No other Sunshine Mills Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement.

The affected products were distributed in retail stores nationally. Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves. There are no other Triumph, Evolve, Wild Harvest, Nurture Farms, Pure Being, or Elm products or other lot codes of these products affected by this recall.

If a pet shows signs of aflatoxin poisoning including sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage, and/or diarrhea, contact a veterinarian immediately. Provide a full diet history to the veterinarian. It may be helpful to take a picture of the pet food label, including the lot number.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

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