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Pet food recall: Arrow Brand Dog Food due to Aflatoxin

by Therese on December 13, 2011

in Dogs, Pet Food Recall, Pet Health

Arrow Brand Dog Food, sold in Louisiana and Texas, is being recalled due to aflatoxin. I spoke with someone at O’Neal’s Feeders Supply Inc., distributors of Arrow this morning. I was told that it is a private label food manufactured for them by Cargill, at the same plant that manufactured the Cargill foods that were recalled last week. As you might remember, last week Cargill recalled their River Run and Marksman brand dog foods.

DeRidder, Louisiana – O’Neal’s Feeders Supply, Inc.  today announced a voluntary recall of its dry Arrow Brand  DOG FOOD – because it contains corn which was detected to have higher than the acceptable levels of  aflatoxin..  The affected products were manufactured  between Dec. 1, 2010, and Dec. 1, 2011.  No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date.  Affected products are:

ARROWBRAND 21% Dog Chunks   SKU #807  40 lb. bag
ARROWBRAND Super Proeaux Dog Food  SKU #812 40 lb. bag
ARROWBRAND Professional Formula Dog Food  SKU #814 50 lb. bag

The recall only applies to the above products with the following Packaging Date Codes 4K0335 to 4K1335.

The affected dry dog food products were distributed in the state of Louisiana and Texas.  Retailers have already been instructed to remove the affected brands and products from store shelves.

While no adverse health effects related to these products have been reported, O’Neal’s Feeders Supply, Inc.  is implementing this recall as a precautionary measure.  Consumers are urged to return affected products – whether in opened or unopened packages – to their place of purchase for a full refund.  For more information, contact 800-256-2769 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product.  Pets that have consumed any of the above recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

According to their website, Cargill also manufactures pre-mixes as well as the following brands of pet foods:

  • Cargill
  • Nutrena®
  • Agway®
  • ACCO®
  • Loyall®
  • Purina®
  • Sportman’s Choice®

Will we see more recalls due to aflatoxin? I won’t be surprised.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Robert December 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I thought Purina made all their own foods or is this reference to the Purina Horse Feed not the dog / cat food? They have licnesesd out the use of the Purina name for feeds.


Therese December 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I thought so too, and I was surprised to see it on the Cargill website. Cargill doesn’t specify what foods they make though, so I’m not sure. Here’s what their website says on this page: http://www.cargill.com/feed/brands/purina/index.jsp

“With the Purina® brand, your farm store/retail outlet can offer a full range of trusted retail feeds for poultry, dairy cattle, beef cattle, pigs, aquaculture, horses, pets and more. For feed manufacturers and animal producers, you can count on Purina® consultants to work with you to create a customized, total nutrition management system to achieve a better bottom line for your operation.”

One thing I didn’t notice earlier . . . their Purina page also says available outside the USA. One would think that means whatever they’re doing for Purina, it won’t be sold here in the US.


Robert December 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Hmmm that is interesting about pet food out of US. I wonder if it could be any of the Lab formulas that are made by them? I’ve only read the Purina dog and cat food bags at the local pet store about the manufacturing.


James December 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Wow, this is getting quite big now isn’t it! It’s probably going to be just as easy to recall ALL pet food 🙂


Sabra & Endless December 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Oh geez. Its not like I have the option of a lot of foods either. My budget is to the *penny* and that’s on store-brand food : – (


kb December 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I think you are right, we will see more recalls. It shouldn’t be this hard to feed safe food. I can’t believe they are recalling a years worth of food. Do they not do any testing?
Therese, thanks for staying on top of this issue and for getting the word out. I’m missing our friends at petconnection again. I don’t see the recalls on vetstreet ;(


Robert December 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

With some of the aftermarket testing, could they be testing how the food does in storage? Especially after all the heat this summer I wonder if things passed in production yet storage may be a contributor?


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