Kroger Co. is recalling select pet food brands in 19 states. On Saturday, the company announced that certain bags of Pet Pride Cat Food, Pet Pride Kitten Food, Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food, Kroger Value Cat Food and Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food were included in the recall because they may contain toxic amounts of aflatoxin, a chemical byproduct that contaminates crops during production, harvest storage or processing.
In the company's statement, they warned pet owners to see a veterinarian immediately if they notice their pets acting lethargic and especially if they stop eating. A yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, severe blood or diarrhea are also warning signs of aflatoxin poisoning. States included in the recall are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
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One way to ensure that your furry friend is eating healthy and safe from possible contaminants is to prepare your own homemade pet food. Homemade pet food is great for mixing up your pet's daily routine while introducing a variety of new delicious flavors as well. For more information, read Try Natural Homemade Dog Food.
Cat owners can look forward to our upcoming March 2011 issue of The Herb Companion for instructions on how to make healthy cat food as well!