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    Default Recalls of Aflatoxin-Contaminated Dog Food Have Begun

    Dr. Karen Becker
    3 April 2013
    In an article last November, I reported on the very real danger of future widespread aflatoxin contamination of commercial pet food, primarily dry dog food. Thanks to the very hot, dry summer of 2012, experts predicted U.S. corn crops would be heavily infested with two types of mold -- Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. These molds produce metabolites called aflatoxins. 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.
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    Default Re: Recalls of Aflatoxin-Contaminated Dog Food Have Begun

    You can avoid this by feeding your pet a grain free food (even dry), a raw diet, or even crock pot made pet food....anything without grains.

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    Default Re: Recalls of Aflatoxin-Contaminated Dog Food Have Begun

    Anyone using corn on a gluten-free diet is at risk for high aflatoxin levels also.

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    Default Re: Recalls of Aflatoxin-Contaminated Dog Food Have Begun

    I am subscribed to a service called the Dogfood Advisor. Rarely does a day go by when I don't get an email advisory about a recall, either on pet food or pet treats. Anyone feeding their dog commercial raw food would do well to subscribe to this service as there have been quite a few recalls on raw food.

    Most of the recalls have been on cheap grocery store pet foods, particularly the grain-based dogfoods and dog treats. We don't feed our dog grain products or commercial treats at all. About half of her food is high quality, high-protein, non-grain kibble (Acana Grasslands, expensive but top of the line) and the other half is cooked chicken that I make at home. She is a very healthy, energetic little dog, and I expect that she'll remain that way. We also don't vaccinate, which makes a huge difference.

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    Default Re: Recalls of Aflatoxin-Contaminated Dog Food Have Begun

    Please explain how raw food can be recalled. Isn't raw dogfood just something you buy from the meat counter or the butcher?
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    Default Re: Recalls of Aflatoxin-Contaminated Dog Food Have Begun

    Islander, raw dogfood can be purchased commercially, I'm supposing either canned or frozen. I've never bought the stuff, and I've never fed my dogs a raw diet, but I do know it's commercially available. Anyone wanting to feed their dogs raw food would definitely be well advised to buy human grade food from the butcher or the grocery store.

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    Default Re: Recalls of Aflatoxin-Contaminated Dog Food Have Begun

    Must be frozen because canning would render it no longer raw. I wasn't aware it could be purchased. I have no dog atm but I feed my cats raw organ meat — either from my own animals or from the local slaughterhouse.
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