Last week, the Kroger Company recalled several brands of pet food due to the discovery of traces of aflatoxin within the packaged products. Alfatoxin is, per the recall information, a "naturally occurring toxic chemical by product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops" and can cause a wide range of illness including sluggishness, lethargy, loss of appetite, severe or bloody diarrhea, and a yellowish tint to eyes or gums.
The region most affected by the recall is the southeastern parts of the U.S., with a total of 19 states among the recall list. The list includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Products packaged by the brand of Pet Pride Cat Food, Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food, Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food, Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food, and Kroger Value Cat Food were on the list of recalled products. The products all have a sell date of October 23, 2011 or October 24, 2011.
For more: www.kroger.com