According to an informative article in healthy pets.com, Reuters reports high levels of aflatoxins have been discovered in bags of dog food on store shelves in Iowa. Aflatoxins cause acute lethal illness and cancer in animals and humans, and are among the most carcinogenic substances on earth. Aflatoxins poison the liver, and their carcinogenic properties can lead to tumor formation.
Before buying dog food especially dry dog food, avoid products containing corn in any form, including corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, corn flour, etc. Corn is not only highly susceptible to aflatoxin contamination, but also allergenic and difficult for most pets to digest. Yet corn or some form of corn is in many brands of dog food because it’s a relatively cheap ingredient and filler.
A dog food recall is happening in six Midwest states. For now, it’s only a matter of time before the recall expands to other regions. Buyers beware.