By: Kate Gibson | CBS News
March 21, 2019
Hill's Pet Nutrition expands its nationwide canned dog food recall with potentially toxic levels of vitamin D. It took action after saying that it had received "a limited number of pet disease complaints" related to additional products.
Enlargement is the result of the same vitamin blend received from a US supplier that caused its previous recall at the end of January, said Hills, a unit of Colgate-Palmolive. Hills' original recall involved 675,000 cases – or 13.5 million cans – and led to an unknown number of pet diseases and deaths.
"We believe that hundreds if not thousands of pets have died or become seriously ill due to eating Hills foods with toxic levels of vitamin D," Nyran Rose Rasche, a Chicago-based lawyer with Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel filed a class case against Hill last month.
Caitlin Gibson, a feature reporter at The Washington Post in early February, tweeted that her dog was dead after using Hills Prescription Food and had shown symptoms of D poisoning.
DOG OWNERS: If you feed your Whale Hills, please check this recall message carefully.
My beloved girl died after eating this affected prescription food and exhibited all the symptoms of white D poisoning.
Please share and make sure your buddies are safe: https://t.co/vrjOHgX9Zs pic.twitter.com/f1EGgCwIxa
– Caitlin Gibson (@CaitJGibson) February 4 2019  The products that are now added to the recall included eight types of Science Diet and Prescription Diet canned foods as well as several units of the products discussed earlier. Here is the complete list.
"Our review stated that there were additional products that were affected by that vitamin blend, and that is why we are expanding the recall. Hills have received a limited number of pet disease complaints related to some of these products," the company said. in his statement.
Consumers in the US who bought the recalled products should stop feeding it to their pets and throw it away, or return unopened cans for reimbursement. More information can be found on the Hills website or by calling 1-800-445-5777.