The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, has recalled select packages of pet foods sold in some of its retail stores because the products may be contaminated with aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.

Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, which can be found on corn and other crops. It may cause sluggishness combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea. If a pet shows signs of these symptoms a veterinarian should be consulted immediately.

The recalled products were distributed in Georgia as well as 17 other states. Kroger is using its Customer Recall Notification system to alert consumers who may have purchased the recalled products through register receipt tape messages and automated phone calls.

The following products are included in the recall:

• Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
• Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
• Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
• Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
• Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
• Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
• Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
• Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
• Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559
• Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000108

Consumers who have purchased these recalled items should not use them and may return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund or replacement. Consumers with questions may call Kroger toll-free at (800) 632-6900 or visit www.kroger.com/recalls for additional information.