Purina Recalls 6 Pet Foods After Complaints Of Sickness And Death

The Purina Animal Nutrition company has recalled multiple lots of Purina Rabbit Feed, Purina Turkey Feed, Country Acres Rabbit Feed and DuMOR Chick Starter/Grower Feed due to elevated calcium levels in the product.

The recalls have been prompted by customer complaints citing pet rabbits dying or in poor health after eating the foods.

What is recalled?

These images show the bags containing the products found to have elevated calcium levels
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Source: FDA

Source: FDA


Source: FDA

Source: FDA


Source: FDA

Source: FDA

The affected product and lot numbers are:

Formula No.

Item No..

Description

Lot Number

532D 3004902-206 Purina® Rabbit Complete (50#) 0JAN06MFI3
532D 3004902-203 Purina® Rabbit Complete (25#) 0FEB03MFI3
532D 3004902-206 Purina® Rabbit Complete (50#) 0FEB03MFI3
532F 3004918-206 Purina® Rabbit Show (50#) 0JAN09MFI1
532F 3004918-206 Purina® Rabbit Show (50#) 0JAN24MFI3
532E 3004903-206 Purina® Rabbit Professional (50#) 9DEC17MFI3
532E 3004903-206 Purina® Rabbit Professional (50#) 0JAN09MFI1
532E 3004903-206 Purina® Rabbit Professional (50#) 0FEB03MFI3
8382 0009906 Purina® Turkey Starter AMP 0.0125% (50#) 0JAN24MFI3
56AW 0049200 Country Acres® Rabbit Pellet 18 (50#) 0JAN09MFI1
56AW 0049200 Country Acres® Rabbit Pellet 18 (50#) 0JAN23MFI1
60V7 0046487 DuMOR® Chick Starter/Grower 20% (50#) 9DEC18MFI1
60W7 0046488 DuMOR® Chick Starter/Grower 20% (20#) 0JAN08MFI1
60W7 0046488 DuMOR® Chick Starter/Grower 20% (20#) 0JAN23MFI1
60W7 0046488 DuMOR® Chick Starter/Grower 20% (20#) 0JAN28MFI3

This food has been sold in 32 states:

  • Florida
  • California
  • Texas
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Kentucky
  • Georgia
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia
  • North Dakota
  • Colorado
  • West Virginia
  • Hawaii
  • Arizona

Symptoms of excess calcium carbonate

Symptoms of excess calcium carbonate in rabbits may include pinkish urine and lethargy due to decreased feed intake. Chicken and turkeys up to 6 weeks of age may show leg abnormalities associated with excessive dietary calcium carbonate.

“Elevated calcium carbonate levels can cause health issues and potential mortality in rabbits,” the FDA reports. “Continued feeding of these products may result in death as a result of feed refusal. Elevated calcium carbonate levels in young chickens and turkeys can lead to leg abnormalities and kidney calcification.”

What to do

Consumers should throw this food away or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with questions can contact the Purina Animal Nutrition company at 800-227-8941, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.

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