Purina Expands Dog Food Recall


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Nestlé Purina PetCare Company has recently added two more lots to its recall enacted in early February.

As previously reported by The Dallas Express, Nestlé Purina announced a voluntary recall on February 8 of certain batches of its Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental prescription dry dog food. The recalled food comes in 8- and 20-pound bags, per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement.

The potentially harmful product came to the attention of the company when two dogs on the diet had become sick, showing signs of vitamin D toxicity. They both recovered after switching to different food.

Over a month after the original announcement, Nestlé Purina added two new lots to the recall list on March 10.

Pet owners can check the back and sides of the bag for information to determine if their food has been recalled. The following UPC and production codes are affected:

UPC codes:

  • 8-pound bag: 38100 19190
  • 20-pound bag: 38100 19192

Production codes:

  • 2249 1082
  • 2250 1082
  • 2276 1082
  • 2277 1082
  • 2290 1082
  • 2360 1082
  • 2361 1082
  • 2213 1082 (NEW)
  • 2214 1082 (NEW)

After the initial recall, Nestlé Purina had an investigation conducted into the supplier error that caused potentially elevated levels of vitamin D in the product. This pointed to more affected lots that were then recalled, per USA Today. No other Purina products have been impacted.

Usually, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental dry dog food is distributed at veterinary clinics, as it requires a vet’s prescription.

Purina strongly advises pet owners who have purchased the recalled product to discontinue its use, per the recent DFA release. It should be disposed of in a secure container to prevent other animals, including wildlife, from eating it.

Anyone whose dog has consumed the product and shows signs of vitamin D toxicity, such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, and excessive drooling, should contact their vet. There is a risk of renal dysfunction or failure associated with elevated vitamin D levels.

Despite it causing harmful effects when consumed at excessive levels, vitamin D is a crucial nutrient for dogs and humans alike.

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5 days ago

I often question the components in may pet foods, especially the GMO/pesticides which are cumulative toxins. Add fluoridated drinking water, and pets are prone to adverse health conditions.
Dallas water has 0.7mg of fluoride in each liter of water.

ANIMALS [Historically, animals rarely have cavities.]
“The fatal dosage of sodium fluoride is ~5–10 mg/kg in most commonly treated animal species.”
Above QUOTE from
MERCK Veterinary Manual – Fluoride Poisoning in Animals

Fluoride compounds (eg, sodium fluoride, sodium fluorosilicate, fluorosilicic acid) are added to human drinking water at a concentrations of ~1 mg/L in an effort to reduce dental caries. This recommendation is not universally accepted. Both acute and chronic toxicoses may result from ingestion of fluorides…
… At higher levels of exposure, the tooth enamel becomes dense and brittle. If exposure occurs during pregnancy, developing bones and teeth are severely affected…
Key Points
The benefits of fluoride supplementation balanced with the potential of adverse effects including permanent developmental disease and a lack of an effective treatment for fluoride toxicosis deserve careful consideration.