(PET HEALTH) Marksman and River Run brand dry dog food have been recalled today due to unacceptably high levels of Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxin that can be dangerous to pets when consumed in large volume. Please read the press release below to confirm whether or not you may have a contaminated bag. — Global Animal

ConsumerReports.org, Maggie Shader

Cargill Animal Nutrition today recalled River Run and Marksman dry dog food because of unacceptable levels of the toxin Aflatoxin. This recall follows one by P&G yesterday of its Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food, also due to Aflatoxin contamination.

The recalled River Run and Marksman dry dog foods were distributed in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Hawaii, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and limited areas of Florida and California.

Retailers have already been instructed to remove the affected brands of dog food from store shelves. The dog food was manufactured at Cargill’s Lecompte, Louisiana, facility for one year starting Dec. 1, 2010. No illnesses have been reported, and no other Cargill Animal Nutrition pet food products were involved.

The recalled dog food includes the following list of products with packaging date codes (lot numbers) 4K0335 through 4K0365, LL0335 through LL0365, 4K1001 through 4K1335, and LL1001 through LL1335.

  • Professional Formula River Run Hi-NRG 24-20 Dog Food, 50-pound bags
  • River Run Professional Formula 27-18 Dog Food, 50-pound bags
  • River Run 21 percent Protein Dog Food, 40 and 50-pound bags
  • River Run Hi-Pro No-Soy Dog Food, 40 and 50-pound bags
  • Marksman Dog Food 24 percent Protein 20 percent Fat, 40 pound bags
  • Marksman Dog Food 20 percent Protein 10 percent Fat, 40 and 50 pound bags
  • Marksman Dog Food 28 percent Protein 18 percent Fat, 40 pound bags

For Pictures of the recalled bags of dog food click here.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus, and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities. Pets which have consumed this product and exhibit symptoms of illness (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.

Consumers can return the recalled bags of dog food (whether opened or not) to their place of purchase for a full refund. For more information call 855-460-1532.

More Consumer Reports: http://news.consumerreports.org/safety/2011/12/recall-river-run-and-marksman-dog-food-toxin-contamination.html