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High Level of Vitamin D Leads to Bird Food Recall

EMSL Analytical offers testing for Vitamin D, as well as many forms of vitamins B, A, K, C, and E.


The Central Garden and Pet Company’s Kaytee brand is recalling two bird feed products: Kaytee exact Hand Feeding Formula Baby Birds and Kaytee exact Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw, due to high levels of vitamin D found in the products. Baby birds which have ingested this product are at risk of kidney failure due to the excessive levels of vitamin D in the formula.

According to the company’s news release regarding the recall, the elevated amount of vitamin D was added unintentionally to an isolated mixing batch during manufacturing. Batches which were manufactured before and after this isolated incident have been tested and are safe for consumption. All distributors have been notified of the recall and asked to reach out to their customers and immediately remove the product from their shelves.

Baby birds which have consumed the recalled formula may become weak and show a lack of appetite, vomiting, increased thirst, and increased urine excretion. The recommended treatment is a fluid treatment designed to keep the birds hydrated. Pet owners should stop the use of this product immediately and consult with their veterinarian.

“In addition to analyzing levels of the mandatory vitamins, A and C, required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for nutritional labeling, we test for numerous additional vitamins, including Vitamin D,” states Shannon Kauffman, Food Chemistry Lab Manager. “Our nutritional analysis is compliant with the FDA’s laws, and RDI and DV percentages can be provided when applicable.”

For more information about EMSL’s food testing division and vitamin testing in particular, please contact EMSL at 800-220-3675, or visit or

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. Please see our website for a complete listing of accreditations.


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