At least eight brands of dry dog food have been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because they could contain dangerously high levels of vitamin D, the agency said in a release Monday.
Testing revealed that some of the recalled brands of dog food contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D. The nutrient is an essential nutrient for dogs, but in high levels, can cause serious health problems for pets, including symptoms of vomiting, weight loss, kidney failure and even death.
The FDA says the following brands are affected by the recall:
- Ahold Delhaize
- ELM Pet Foods, Inc.
- Kroger, Lidl (Orlando brand)
- ANF, Inc.,
- Sunshine Mills, Inc.
- Natural Life Pet Products
Pet owners are being urged to not feed the recalled food to their dogs and retailers are being advised to pull the products from their shelves. The agency says pet owners or veterinarians who suspect that their dog has vitamin D toxicity to report the cases through the FDA's Safety Reporting Portal, or by contacting the agency through their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.
The FDA said officials are working with dog food manufacturers to identify all the brands that contain the toxic levels of vitamin D.