Kroger Co., the largest U.S. grocery-store chain, recalled kitten, cat and dog food sold in stores in 19 U.S. states because of the possible presence of aflatoxin, a toxic substance, in the products.
The brands are Pet Pride, Old Yeller and Kroger Value food sold in packages ranging in weight from 3 pounds to as much as 50 pounds, the company said in a statement.
Aflatoxin is a toxic substance created by a fungus on corn and other crops that can result in sluggishness, lethargy, severe and bloody diarrhea in animals that eat the tainted food, Kroger said.
The recall affects Kroger stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia, the company said.
Baker’s, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Gerbes, Hilander, Jay C, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska also are affected, Kroger said.