Cinnaminson, NJ, September 17th
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a pet food company’s recall of various lots of six different brands of dog food that were distributed to retail stores nationwide. The voluntary recall was initiated because the products have the potential to contain levels of aflatoxin above the acceptable limit.
Fortunately, at the time of the recall notice, the manufacturer did not know of any illnesses associated with the products. However, pet owners have been advised that if their dog has consumed any of the recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea, their pet should be seen by a veterinarian.
Aflatoxins are a type of mycotoxin, secondary metabolites produced by certain fungi. The FDA reports that aflatoxins are notorious for the many health consequences that occur from the consumption of aflatoxin-contaminated food, including aflatoxicosis and liver damage. The agency also states that aflatoxins are a known carcinogen and their presence in food should be restricted to the lowest practical level. In animals, aflatoxins are known to cause liver failure. Livestock that consumes aflatoxin-contaminated feed can also transfer the toxins to meat, milk, and eggs, resulting in potential human exposure.
“Over the past several years there have been multiple recalls associated with pet foods, animal feeds, and food products meant for human consumption due to aflatoxin concerns,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The scientists at EMSL offer aflatoxin and other mycotoxin testing services. These services are available to farmers, manufacturers, retailers, importers, exporters, and the public.”
To learn more about mycotoxins or other food and feed testing services, please visit www.FoodTestingLab.com
, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com
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