Toxic raw material linked to dog deaths in Brazil

A raw material used to make pet food has been blamed for a number of dog deaths in Brazil.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) suspended the use of two batches of propylene glycol after reports of animal disease.

Propylene glycol is an authorized additive for animal and human food. However, investigations revealed contamination with ethylene glycol, which is toxic and should not be used in food products. We don’t know yet how it happened.

The affected product was purchased from Tecno Clean Industrial and bears lot numbers AD5053C22 and AD4055C21. It was used by Bassar Pet Food to make products that were later linked to diseases in dogs.

Mapa had earlier ordered Bassar Indústria e Comércio to stop operations in São Paulo and recall all of the company’s products. It started with Every Day liver flavor with lot code 3554 and Dental Care with lot code 3467.

Members of Mapa’s Animal Products Inspection Department visited the Guarulhos site last week. Product samples have been sent for analysis.

Bassar shuts down operations and recalls products
According to the Civil Police of Minas Gerais, there are nine dead dogs that ate Bassar brand snacks. Six deaths occurred in Belo Horizonte, one in Piumhi, Minas Gerais and two in São Paulo. Media reports suggest that up to 40 animal diseases are under investigation.

Bassar Pet Food said it has halted production at its plant until the suspected product contamination is clarified. A specialized company has been commissioned to carry out an inspection of all production processes, raw materials and machinery at the São Paulo plant.

The company said ethylene glycol is not part of any step in its production chain. All of the company’s products on sale nationwide will be removed from stores as a precaution.

Bassar had previously sent product samples to national reference institutes to certify the safety and compliance of items under investigation and called on suppliers to investigate the raw materials used to rule out the possibility of contamination.

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