Purina Expands Its Dog Food Recall
Following an investigation, Purina has announced the discovery of more affected dog food products.
When it comes to dog food, lots of pup owners have a dog food brand preference. However, when it comes to one of the most popular dog food brands, owners may need to check their pantry.
Nestlé Purina has expanded their original Feb. 8 voluntary recall of a select prescription dry dog food due to a supplier error, which can result in some serious pup illnesses. The FDA clarifies that the mistake impacts two additional product lots that precede the production dates of those originally recalled.
The original and newly issued recalls are due to the findings of potentially elevated vitamin D levels within the affected dry dog food. Here’s everything you need to know to keep your dog happy and healthy.
Why has an expanded recall been issued?
According to Purina, the expanded recall comes on the heels of an investigation prompted by the company. Investigation findings revealed that a U.S. supplier made a production error to a particular formula, resulting in potentially elevated vitamin D levels.
While healthy amounts of vitamin D are beneficial and imperative to canine health, an excess can cause several health issues. These issues depend on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure dogs experience to it.
What are the symptoms of elevated levels of vitamin D to look out for in dogs?
Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity typically manifest as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and renal (kidney) dysfunction.
If dogs do exhibit these symptoms after having consumed this dog food, it’s important to contact your vet immediately.
What Purina products have been recalled?
According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement, the voluntary recall affects 8 and 20-pound bags of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental prescription dry dog food. Typically, the prescription food is given to pets with food sensitivities.
How do I know if I bought a recalled product?
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The affected Purina products were distributed nationwide by prescription to veterinary clinics, Purina Vet Direct, Purina for Professionals and select retailers who can validate a prescription. In particular, products with the UPC code 38100 19190 on 8-pound bags and 38100 19192 on 20-pound bags are affected.
Furthermore, bags with these 8-digit production codes were impacted:
- 2213 1082 (NEW)
- 2214 1082 ( NEW)
- 2249 1082
- 2250 1082
- 2276 1082
- 2277 1082
- 2290 1082
- 2360 1082
- 2361 1082
What should I do if I have one of these products?
If you do happen to have one of the affected products, Purina advises to immediately stop feeding them to your pet and throw it away in a container where no other animals—including wildlife—can obtain it. The same goes for veterinary and retail partners of Purina, who the FDA advises to remove and destroy the food from their inventory.
Fortunately, no other Purina products have been impacted by this recall.
For more information, consumers can visit Purina’s website or call 1-800-345-5678 Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. CST with any questions or a refund request.
- FDA: “Nestle Purina Petcare Company Expands Voluntary Recall of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets El Elemental Dry Dog Food in the U.S. Due to Potentially Elevated Vitamin D”
- PR Newswire: “Nestle Purina Petcare Company Voluntarily Recalls Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental Dry Dog Food In The U.S. Due to Potentially Elevated Vitamin D”