The grocery store chain Price Chopper has posted a recall of certain Iams dog and cat foods due to aflatoxin. There is nothing on the Iams website about this recall. I called Iams twice, trying to get a person or at least a recording clarifying anything about the recall but no luck. I believe Iams is aware of the Price Chopper posting because when I called Price Chopper this morning, I was informed someone from Iams had called yesterday inquiring about the posting. As far as why Iams would be aware of the recall notice but have nothing on their website or recorded phone info, I don’t know.
Aflatoxicosis in pets usually occurs when pets consume a food product that was made with moldy corn (although the mold can grow on other grains and peanuts as well). Liver disease and/or death may result. There is no antidote. Read more about aflatoxins and dogs here.
Update: Price Chopper has pulled the recall notice from its website. There is no explanation, just a 404. I haven’t received any response to the online contact form I filled out at the Iams site. Questions, questions.
Update #2, November 28: I got tired of waiting for Iams to answer my online inquiry so I called them. Paulette informed me that they have issued no recalls and will not be posting anything on their website about the lot numbers specified in the Price Chopper recall notice. I said she was probably aware that many people were interested in getting clarification on this issue. She said yes but they still weren’t going to address it. She also said consumers can feed any of their foods with “complete confidence”. So, everyone is feeling all confident-like, I assume?