Wysong Recall, Thixton’s “Pet Food First Alert Program”

by Mary Haight on October 27, 2009

Out this afternoon from Wysong with further info:

MOLD IN PAST EXTRUDED DOG FOODS

-Notice, Explanation, and Response-

Mold has been found in some bags of Wysong dry extruded dog foods manufactured in June, July and August of 2009. No problems have been found or reported in any other Wysong food product.

No products from the following batches should be sold or fed. The affected products are:

Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090617
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090624
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090706
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090720
Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090817
Wysong Senior™: lot #: 090623
Wysong Senior™: lot #: 090811
Wysong Synorgon™: lot #: 090629
Please contact the point of purchase for an exchange or refund.

Mold spores are in all natural foods. When there is heat, oxygen, and sufficient moisture the spores can bloom into mold. Everyone has experienced this with foods at home.

From what can be determined, the problem with the Wysong foods stems from unusually high heat and humidity on those summer dates. This combined with a malfunctioning moisture checking device is believed to be the cause of the higher moisture and this isolated problem.

All Wysong foods have been tested for mycotoxins and are negative. That is the primary danger in consuming moldy foods. If your pet has consumed the product, the most that could be expected would be loose stool, and this should clear upon changing from these lot numbers.

As noted in the article below, mold is a ubiquitous problem in all packaged foods. Wysong takes many measures to address this:

1. Incoming ingredients are tested for moisture and mycotoxins.
2. Finished products are also tested.
3. Ingredients are used to inhibit mold growth.
4. The NutriPak oxygen and light barrier packaging inhibits aerobic mold growth.
5. Products are nitrogen flushed to remove oxygen.
6. Products are fresh batched.
7. Ingredients are used to help adsorb toxins should they be present.
8. People are advised to refrigerate or freeze unused product, i.e. treat it like any fresh natural food is treated.
9. Most importantly, Dr. Wysong has advised for the past 30 years against feeding any singular food meal after meal. Diets should be rotated and fresh foods incorporated into meal planning in order to decrease the risk of chronic exposure to toxins that may be present in any one food. This information is on all Wysong packaged pet foods.

If you have any further questions please email us at wysong@wysong.net

Via Christie Keith on Tweetdeck, this is now a three month recall.  There is more information on the problem of mold in packaged food here on Wysong’s site.

Interestingly, Susan Thixton of  Truth About Pet Food fame who I interviewed back in January has this on her blog today:

Before noon I heard from Wysong Pet Foods. Having just experienced one of the worst things that can happen to a pet food company – a recall – Wysong told me “We would be anxious to participate in your “Pet Food First Alert Program.” We would hope that it will give us a better chance of getting the word out to those consumers that were previously unreachable.” I am in on-going contact with Rich V. of Wysong answering questions to help them get their communication with customers up and running. He has responded and Wysong is already working on it.

Read what that’s all about at Thixton’s blog .

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