Blue Buffalo has issued a recall for a number of dry dog food products. In a statement released Friday, the Connecticut pet food company announced that it would remove the product from shelves and reimburse customers who purchased the affected items.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that the food contains high amounts of vitamin D, which could be deadly to dogs that consume the product. There have been 36 reports of sick dogs around the country. The dogs have exhibited usual signs of high vitamin D levels including lethargy, drinking an unusually high amount of water and frequent urination.
In the statement, Blue Buffalo CEO Bill Bishop said that the tainted food was caused by a “scheduling error.” Their ingredient supplier produced a vitamin D supplement immediately before preparing ingredients for Blue Buffalo’s chow. They believe residual vitamin D made it into the food ingredients.
The recalled dog food products are:
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor in the 4.5-pound bag with use-by dates of: "JUL2611Z," "JUL2711Z" and "JUL2811Z."
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor in the 11-pound bag with a use-by date of "JUL1211B."
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor in the 24-pound bag with use-by dates of "JUL1211B" and "JUL1311B."
Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe in the 11-pound bag with use-by dates of "AUG2111B" and "AUG2211B."
Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe in the 24-pound bag with use-by dates of "AUG2111B," "SEP2311P" and "OCT2611P."
Blue Life Protection Formula Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Large Breed Adult dog food in the 30-pound bag with use-by dates of "SEP2211P," "SEP2311P" and "OCT2611P."
Blue Buffalo is offering to reimburse pet owners for any veterinary or testing expenses related to illness caused by these products. Consumers who have the product should return it for a full refund to the place of purchase. Anyone with questions can call the company at (877) 523-9114 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.