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
The affected product and lot numbers are:
|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:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
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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