WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Grocery store chain Hy-Vee says it's recalling some bags of Hy-Vee dog food that might contain a toxin commonly found in corn.
The Iowa-based company says tests conducted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture indicated higher-than-normal levels of aflatoxin in some samples of the dog food Hy-Vee Complete Dog made at a Kansas City plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC.
An official from Marshall Hy-Vee said Sunday the store pulled the products off the shelf last week upon hearing of the recall.
Aflatoxins are chemicals produced by fungi on corn that can sicken pets. Symptoms include sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums and diarrhea.
The recalled products, which come in green and yellow bags, carry three different "Best By" dates and were distributed to Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin between Oct. 26 and Jan. 11.
According to its website, Hy-Vee officials say the recall is voluntary and only conducted as a precautionary measure. No illnesses have been reported in dogs consuming the product, which does not pose a health risk
to humans handling it.