"Dog Food Recall Underscores Toxic Danger in Drought-Hit U.S. Corn"

"High levels of a dangerous toxin found in bagged dog food on a grocery store shelf in Iowa have highlighted the prevalence of a problematic mold in last year's U.S. corn crop, as state and federal officials work on limiting the food safety concern."

"'Last year's corn crop - it is a huge issue. We test every load coming in. And we reject a lot of loads,' said Michael Wright, chief executive officer of Pro-Pet, an Ohio-based pet food manufacturer that learned last week some of its product was tainted with aflatoxin, a naturally occurring poison that can cause serious illness or even death if consumed.

Aflatoxin is the byproduct of a mold that flourishes in dry conditions, and last year's historic drought in the U.S. Midwest put everyone from farmers to grain handlers and food industry officials on high alert."

Carey Gillam and Julie Ingwersen report for Reuters February 25, 2013.

Source: Reuters, 02/26/2013