FDA Dog Food Recall List 2018 Due To Toxic Vitamin D

The pet food industry is one of those business niches that fall into one of those odd regulatory black holes.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given out its warning of dry dog foods that have been formulated with too much vitamin D. Too much vitamin D can be toxic to dogs.

The FDA is responsible for regulating the food and drink industry and the products it produces. While that sounds comforting, the simple fact is the FDA barely does anything in relation to the pet food industry.

This isn’t willful negligence. It is a matter of budgetary considerations. The FDA focuses on human issues and has little left over for regulating pet health situations. Frankly, it is surprising there have not been more problems with the industry, but the companies involved are usually very good about regulating themselves.

Over the last few months, it has become apparent that there was a problem with certain pet food products. Simply put, pets were getting vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, excessive drooling and weight loss, even sick and dying. The FDA stepped up and issued a recall of certain pet foods in an effort to solve the problem.

The offending food products appear to be a vitamin D concentrate. The amount of vitamin D has been found to be excessive, which causes diseases and disorders for cats, dogs and such.

So, what happened to the excessive, potentially toxic levels of vitamin D? Well, you have to understand the pet food industry. Pet food products are something of a double blind situation.

The affected brands include: Nutrisca, Natural Life Pet Products, Sunshine Mills, Inc., ANF, Inc., Lidl (Orlando brand), Kroger, ELM Pet Foods, Inc. and Ahold Delhaize.

While there are many different brands, the actual ingredients used for the brands originate from a very small number of importers. It is much like the gasoline industry where the gas you buy is all the same, but different companies add different additives to come up with their basic brands.

In 2007, the FDA identified seven different pet food producers that received the offending rice protein concentrate. The agency is testing the products at these producers and will not release their identity until it is verified their products are contaminated. Too much vitamin D can even cause kidney failure and dealth.

The FDA obviously will continue the investigation into the pet product problems. It is important to understand, however, that the problem has moved beyond excessive vitamin D products. Make sure you check your pet food accordingly for the nutrition information and see if your dogs need any medical specialties or medical treatments.

Keep your dog happy and healthy; follow the advice given by your veterinary physician to make sure their kibble is yummy and safe.