King Soopers recalls dog foods made by Sunshine Mills

The recall was initiated because the product had the potential to contain an elevated level of Vitamin D, which may cause renal failure.

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Following a recall by Sunshine Mills, Inc., King Soopers announced it has removed from sale Abound Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe dog food produced by Sunshine Mills, Inc. sold in King Soopers and City Market stores, located in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Only Abound Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe dog food with the listed UPC numbers and Best by Dates are affected by this recall. The recall was initiated because the product had the potential to contain an elevated level of vitamin D, which may cause renal failure.

No reports of illness or injury have been reported to date.

Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food - 4 pound

  • UPC: 11110-83556
  • Best by Dates: November 1, 2018 - November 16, 2019  

Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food - 14 pound

  • UPC: 11110-83573
  • Best by Dates: November 1, 2018 - November 16, 2019  

Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food - 24 pound

  • UPC: 11110-89076
  • Best by Dates: November 1, 2018 - November 16, 2019

Customers who have purchased the products described above should not allow their pet to consume and should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Effects of excess vitamin D in dog food

Dogs ingesting elevated levels of vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Consumers with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed above and are exhibiting any of these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian.

Recalled dog foods had up to 70 times intended vitamin D

On December 3, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers about numerous dog food recalls related to excessive levels of vitamin D. Sunshine Mills, a co-packer or contract manufacturer, seems to have produced all the recalled dog foods, although the pet foods were marketed under different names. The recalled products were sold nationwide.

“F.D.A. scientists have evaluated samples of some of these products, and state and private lab test results indicate that the food contained as much as approximately 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D…” wrote F.D.A. officials in the announcement.

“Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death…

“After receiving complaints from pet owners about dogs with vitamin D toxicity, one of the firms reported to the F.D.A. that it was recalling dry pet food due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D. Many other brands with a common contract manufacturer have also been recalled. The F.D.A. is working with the contract manufacturer to provide a comprehensive list of affected brands.

“F.D.A. scientists are still analyzing reports and the information currently available to determine whether the illnesses are definitively connected to diet.”

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