The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine announced today that Alabama-based Sunshine Mills, Inc. — whose products are sold nationwide by big box retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Petco — has expanded its September dog food recalls due to excessive levels of alfatoxin (toxic mold). Ingestion of alfatoxin-contaminated foods at excessive quantities by dogs can cause severe liver damage.
Sunshine Mills, Inc. CEO Alan Bostick has not returned TCR’s email requests for comment as of this afternoon, including our question regarding whether and when there have been any reports of possible illness or illnesses associated with any of the 2020 recalls going back to April 1, 2020.
We will continue to follow-up.
Our reporting on last month’s recall:
FDA Redux: Two Weeks, Two Recalls — And This Is Not The First Of This Major Pet Food Company’s Troubles With FDA
From the announcement:
“Sunshine Mills, Inc. is expanding its voluntary recall of certain pet food products that were made with corn that contained Aflatoxin at levels above FDA’s action levels. This is an expansion of the recall initiated September 2, 2020, after an investigation conducted along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that additional corn-based pet food products produced between April 3, 2020 and April 5, 2020 may contain corn from a single load of corn with elevated levels of aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities. No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Sunshine Mills, Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement.”