Hill S Issues Global Wet Dog Food Recall

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Hill’s issues global wet dog food recall
4th February 2019

By Sandra Pearce

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is recalling some of its wet dog food products voluntarily due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D.

The global recall involves Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Science Diet canned foods.

According to a statement issued by Hill’s, vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure.

It stated that dogs may suffer from symptoms including vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.

 “Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction,” the statement also read.

“Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding.”

The company issued the recall after it received a complaint in the US about a dog showing signs of elevated vitamin D levels.

The affected canned dog foods were manufactured by the Hill’s Pet Nutrition facility in Topeka, Kansas (EU approval # KS-PF0-0004) and distributed through pet stores, veterinary practices and e-commerce.

The affected products are:
Product name        SKU number    Lot date/Date code
> Hill’s Prescription Diet Canine w/d 370g        8017U    102020T05
> Hill’s Prescription Diet Canine z/d 370g    8018U    102020T17
Hill’s Prescription Diet Canine i/d 360g    8408U    102020T18
Hill’s Science Plan Canine Adult Advanced Fitness Chicken 370g     8037U     102020T27
Hill’s Science Plan Canine Mature Adult Active Longevity Chicken 370g    8055U    102020T14

The statement added: “Our investigation confirmed elevated levels of vitamin D due to a supplier error.”

Hill’s said the error has forced them to implement ‘additional quality testing’ prior to their release of ingredients.

“In addition to our existing safety processes, we are adding our own further testing of incoming ingredients,” it also said.

Hill’s confirmed that no dry foods, cat foods, or treats in its range have been affected.

For more information, contact the Hill’s customer services team by email hillsukcustomerservices@hillspet.com or call 0800 282 438, (ROI): 1800 626 002.