A manufacturer of natural pet food has recalled some of its products, fearing they may contain mold.
Wysong Corporation has recalled bags of dry dog food from certain shipments. The foods involved are of the Maintenance and Senior product lines. The company announced on its Web site today that these batches have proven to be “above acceptable moisture levels and may contain mold.”
If your bag of Wysong dry dog food bears one of the following batch numbers, do not feed it to your dog:
Wysong Maintenance: lot numbers 090617, 090624, 090706, 090720. Wysong Senior: lot number 090623.
Depending on which type of mold grows on the moist food, the effects can range from barely noticeable to lethal.
Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms, says Lee Herold, a critical-care veterinarian at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital. But, she says, some forms of mold can produce a bacteria called Mycotoxin, which can cause life-threatening seizures or liver failure. Usually, she sees these extreme cases in dogs that get into a moldy compost bin and eat a lot of it, but she says mold in dry food is definitely cause for concern.
A call to the company was directed to the quality controller’s voicemail and has not been returned.
The lot number is located in one of two places, depending on if you bought the food in a bag or a box. On the box, it’s easy. A number following the format in the list above will be on the top of the box. On the bags, it’s a little trickier: hold the bag so that you’re looking at the front of it. Turn it upside down, so you’re still looking at the front, but the writing is upside down now. Now you should see a number imprinted into the crimping on the bottom of the bag (which is now on top), the company says.
You can return the food to the retailer you bought it from or contact the company for product replacement. To contact Wysong, send an email and put “Product Replacement” in the subject line, or call 989-631-0009.