It has been reported on the GooseMoose Pet Forum that Oxbow Mouse and Young Rat Food has been recalled. The poster saw the notice at Petsmart. The recall affects bags with the following expiration dates:
- Jan 10, 2016
- Jan 25, 2016
- Feb 28, 2016
- Mar 14, 2016
- Apr 4, 2016
They are being recalled for a high moisture content leading to a potential small larvae infestation of some sort.
Opened and unopened bags can be returned to the pet store for a full refund, regardless of whether you have the receipt.
Note that so far, I have not found an official press release about this recall. As far as I know, it only affects the Mouse and Young Rat formula and not the Adult Rat formula. I will keep an eye out for an official announcement online and will update with a link when/if I find one. Feel free to post a link to an official link in the comments if you find it before I do.
UPDATE: While I still haven't seen a Press Release, it was brought to my attention that Oxbow did make the following announcement on their Facebook Page:
At Oxbow, providing a premium quality product to pets and the people who care for them is a cornerstone of our foundation. Much to our dismay, we recently discovered that select Best By Dates of our Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food do not live up to our stringent quality standards. These select Best By Dates of this product contain higher moisture than what our recipe calls for. Excess moisture may cause food to mold, similar to what a loaf of bread might do in the same situation. The select Best By Dates are: JAN 10 2016, JAN 25 2016, FEB 28 2016, MAR 14 2016, and APR 4 2016.
The root cause of the problem was quickly identified, and it is isolated to these specific lots of Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food only. Steps were swiftly taken and additional quality control points implemented to ensure this situation does not occur again.
Please be assured that we have not received any reports of harm to animals or humans in relation to this situation. There are no other products or Best By Dates affected by this excess moisture content.
We are in the process of voluntarily withdrawing these select Best By Dates of Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food from distribution. We deeply regret the inconvenience this has caused for our pet parents and their beloved companions, our retailers and distributors.
If you have a bag of Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food from one of these Best By Dates, please contact Oxbow for a replacement.