Consumer complaints spur pet food recalls because of Vitamin D toxicity


This story first appeared in Food Safety News and is reposted here with permission

Natural Life Pet Products and Nutrisca, both of Saint Louis, are recalling certain dry dog foods because of the excess levels of vitamin D.

The voluntary recall was initiated after the receipt of three complaints from pet owners about viitamin D toxicity. The presence of excessive vitamin D resulted from a formulation error, according to the companies’ recall notices posted on the Food And Drug Administration website. Neither company provided product photos to the FDA for posting with the recall notices.

Dogs ingesting excessive vitamin D can exhibit symptoms such as as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. When consumed at very high levels, vitamin D can lead to serious health issues, such as renal disfunction.

Consumers should immediately stop feeding the following products to their dogs, according to the recall notice, and should contact a veterinarian if the animals show symptoms of vitamin D toxicity.

The recalled dry dog foods include:

  • Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food, 4 lbs. – UPC 8-84244-12495-7; Best by February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020
  • Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food, 15 lbs. – UPC 8-84244-12795-8; Best by February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020
  • Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food, 28 lbs. – UPC 8-84244-12895-5; Best by February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020
  • Natural Life Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food, 17.5 lbs. – UPC 0-12344-08175-1; Best by May 29, 2020 through August 10, 2020

The companies distributed three of the dog food flavors to retail stores nationwide. The Natural Life Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food was distributed to retail stores in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and California.

Consumers who have purchased any of the products affected by this recall should dispose of the dry dog food or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions for either the Nutrisca or Natural Life products can call both companies at 888-279-9420 or send email to consumerservices@nutrisca.com for more information.

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