Central Veterinary Associates is alerting pet owners of a recent recall from MARS Petcare of Brussels, Belgium. The company is pulling its Nutro Apple Chewy Treats for dogs from shelves due to potential mold contamination. In addition to the risks for pets, humans with certain health conditions may be subjected to mold allergy symptoms by handling the contaminated product.
The recall was initiated after MARS Petcare received a notification from the United States Food and Drug Administration that a routine surveillance sample of the four oz. Nutro Chewy Treats Apple tested positive for mold. The product was distributed throughout PetSmart locations nationwide.
The four-ounce containers of Nutro Apple Chewy Treats product with UPC: 7910511344 have been recalled and can be identified by the UPC and lot codes 4 50; 5 02; 5 03; and 5 05; regardless of “Best By” date.
There are no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products. Pets who have exposure to mold may experience clinical symptoms such as vomiting, agitation, walking drunk, tremors, seizures and severe secondary hyperthermia.
“If your pet’s food or treats have been recalled, immediately stop feeding them the product,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “You should return the recalled product to the store where you purchased it for a full refund. If the pet experiences symptoms due to mold exposure, bring them to your local Central Veterinary Associates clinic. Mold exposure may trigger side effects that persist from hour to days, but typically resolve within 24 to 48 hours with aggressive veterinary treatment.”
CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.