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Blue Buffalo Recalls Canned Dog Food Over Potential Health Risk

20 March 2017, 7:19 am EDT By Steve Bowman Tech Times
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The Blue Buffalo Company, which manufactures natural food products for dogs and cats, has issued a voluntary recall of one of its items.

The Connecticut-based company has recalled one production batch of the "Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs." The recall is restricted to this product.

The recall has been issued by Blue Buffalo as the product in question reportedly contains a high concentration of beef thyroid hormones, which occur naturally.

The Recall

The product that has been recalled comes in a 12.5 oz can. Its UPC Code is 840243101153 and it has a best buy date of June 7, 2019. The best buy date can be spotted at the bottom of the can.

The company issued the recall on March 17 and has alerted owners to check their pet for any possible symptoms.

"Dogs ingesting high levels of beef thyroid hormones may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the use of the impacted food is discontinued," stated Blue Buffalo.

The company said that with extended consumption, these symptoms may become severe and could lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and breathing issues. Blue Buffalo has advised pet owners to visit a veterinarian immediately if they notice these symptoms in their pets.

What Does FDA Say?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had asked the manufacturer for evaluation after a report submitted by a consumer who noticed the symptoms on a dog.

The affected dog has fully recovered and Blue Buffalo immediately started its investigation. The pet food manufacturer decided to evaluate only the concerned lot after consulting the FDA. No one has registered any official complaint regarding this product.

The evaluation of the concerned product started with the help of retailers. The company advised those who bought the product to discontinue its use. Consumers should either dispose the product or take it back for a refund to the place from where it was purchased.

No other food products manufactured by Blue Buffalo have been affected by similar problems.

Earlier Cases

This is not the first time when Blue Buffalo has recalled its product. In 2007, the FDA had reported melamine being present in food made by American Nutrition, which was working for the company. After this incident, Blue Buffalo ceased production from American Nutrition Inc.

Another case was reported in 2015 when a single production lot of chew bones was found to contain harmful potential salmonella levels.

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