TOPEKA, Kan. — Hill’s Pet Nutrition on March 20 expanded its recall of canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D to include 31 additional lots of product. Hill’s stated the expansion is related to the same vitamin premix issue that caused the initial recall, which was issued Jan. 31 and included 54 lots of canned dog food.
In a press release, the company stated: “Following that recall [in January], we conducted a detailed review of all canned dog foods potentially impacted by the vitamin premix with elevated levels of vitamin D. This review included: analyzing consumer complaints; reviewing veterinarian medical consultations; auditing our supplier; and reviewing our own manufacturing and quality procedures. We then did additional product testing to ensure we had taken all appropriate action. Our review determined that there were additional products affected by that vitamin premix, and it is for that reason that we are expanding the recall. Hill’s has received a limited number of complaints of pet illness related to some of these products.”
On May 15, Hill's added an additional lot of its Prescription Diet i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew in 12.5-oz. cans, bringing the total number recalled product to 86 lots of canned dog food.
Several class action lawsuits have been filed against the company, including claims such as negligence and false advertising, in response to the recall in January.
Hill’s also stated in the press release: “As a company, and as pet parents ourselves, we deeply regret the concern that this recall and subsequent expansion have caused pet parents and any possible effect the recalled foods may have had on pets. We are committed to doing more to uphold the standards of pet care that pet parents and veterinarians expect of us to earn back their trust.”
View a comprehensive list of the expanded recall here. No dry pet foods, cat foods or treats were affected by the recall.
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