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Kroger Recalls Pet Food After Aflatoxin Scare

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(CBS) – If your pet is suddenly sluggish, doesn’t want to eat, has severe or bloody diarrhea or a yellow tint in its eyes and gums, it might have eaten pet food that could contain aflatoxin, a chemical dangerous to both animals and people.

That’s the news out of Kroger Co., which has just issued a recall on several lines of dog and cat food in 17 states including Texas, Alabama, Michigan and Illinois. Check the full list below.

A Kroger press release says “aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops.” It can sicken people and animals by causing liver damage.

It’s not clear if any animals have yet sickened. If your pet exhibits any symptoms call a veterinarian immediately. Kroger says stores should provide refunds for returned products or you can call their hotline at 1-800-632-6900

Affected Stores:

* Kroger stores in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

* Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri

* Baker’s stores in Nebraska.

* Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area)

* Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Kroger is recalling the following items:

* Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128

* Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357

* Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152

* Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580

* Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903

* Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566

* Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563

* Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018

* Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559

* Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108