* Atlantis Fish Flake Food Voluntary Recall *
Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. has announced it is voluntarily removing ornamental fish food products from retail store shelves. A portion of the production lots of Atlantis® Goldfish Flake Food and Atlantis® Tropical Fish Flake Food have been found to contain the contaminant, melamine. Atlantis Goldfish Flake Food and Atlantis Tropical Fish Flake Food are products that are formulated specifically for the feeding of ornamental fish, such as a goldfish and Neon tetra. Atlantis fish food is not formulated for the feeding of fish intended for human consumption.
“At this time, it is not known if melamine contaminated fish feed has any effect on ornamental fish,” says Denise Petty, Aquaculture Extension Veterinarian at the University of Florida. “However, food fish at two commercial U.S. hatcheries were fed melamine contaminated feeds and, after testing by the FDA, these fish were determined to be negative for melamine and safe for human consumption. It is unknown if melamine forms crystals in the kidneys of fish,” says Petty
"Given the uncertain nature of the effect of melamine, the high visibility of this ingredient at this time and Sergeant’s concern for the health and well-being of pets, we believe that removal of the Atlantis product from store shelves is the right thing to do,” says Robert Scharf, president of Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc.
Testing by Sergeant's has confirmed the presence of very low levels of melamine, approximately 20-80 parts per million (ppm), in some lots of Atlantis Goldfish Flake Food and also in Atlantis Tropical Fish Flake Food. Melamine is water-soluble, and fish food is dispersed and diluted in the water of an aquarium. Therefore, when used as directed, an average dose of fish food containing these levels of melamine would result in contamination in a typical fish tank at minute levels, under 10 parts per billion (ppb).
Sergeant's believes that these levels are so low that even if a pet owner accidentally sprinkled an entire package of fish food into the fish tank, the fish would be harmed by over-feeding than by melamine contamination.
Sergeant's has advised all national and international distributors and retailers who currently carry Atlantis fish food products to remove the products. Sergeant's is recommending consumers either discard the product or return it to their retailer for a credit.
The affected Atlantis fish food products are the following:
- 10006 Atlantis® Tropical Fish Flake Food, 0.88 oz.
- 10057 Atlantis® Tropical Fish Flake Food, 2.25 oz.
- 10154 Atlantis® Goldfish Flake Food, 0.75 oz.
- 10731 Atlantis® Goldfish Flake Food, 2.15 oz.
- 10847 Atlantis® Color Enhance Tropical Fish Flake Food, 0.88 oz.
- 10926 Atlantis® Betta Food, 1.2 oz.
- 88515 Atlantis Tropical Fish Flake Food, 0.42 oz.
- 88516 Atlantis Goldfish Flake Food, 0.42 oz.
Sergeant's representatives are currently conducting an investigation of the manufacturing facility located in Taiwan to determine the source of contamination. Sergeant's will resume shipping of Atlantis fish food products following the completion of a thorough investigation and documentation that product is contaminant-free.
Concerned consumers can contact Sergeant's by phone at 866.740.4969 or via e-mail at atlantis info for more product information.