Draper, Utah-based Intermountain Farmers Association is recalling its 50-lb. bags of rabbit pellets, because the product may have “higher than acceptable” levels of vitamin D, which can be harmful to rabbits.
The product in question was manufactured between March 14 and Sept. 15, 2016 and is listed as “item #1220.” Rabbit owners who bought this product should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. The 50-lb. bags of pellets were distributed throughout IFA country stores and independent dealers in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
IFA issued the recall after receiving two complaints about illness and deaths of rabbits that consumed the pellets. After investigating, the company found that a formulation error had been made that resulted in high levels of vitamin D in the pellets manufactured during the above dates. Unsold product has been quarantined.
Too much vitamin D can cause rabbits to develop hypercalcemia, which has symptoms such as increased thirst and increased urination, weakness, loss of appetite and possibly death.
Rabbit feed manufactured after Sept. 15 by IFA has been confirmed to have the correct amount of vitamin D.
Consumers who have questions about the recall can contact IFA at (801) 619-1367.