US pet food recall widens after 70 dog deaths from toxin

World | 13 Jan 2021 1:08 pm

The US pet food company, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. has expanded its recall of some of its products after reports that the food is linked to multiple dog deaths and may contain potentially unsafe levels of aflatoxin, a byproduct of mold, USA Today reports.

Some products are available in Hong Kong, including online.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that it has been “aware of more than 70 dogs that have died and more than 80 that are sick after eating Sportmix pet food.”

Aflatoxin is a toxin that can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food, according to the FDA. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets.

The Evansville, Indiana, family-owned company said in a statement Wednesday that in its nearly 100 years it has never had a recall until recently.

Midwestern Pet Foods first announced a voluntary recall on December 30 and expanded it this week. The FDA said in December it was aware of 28 deaths and eight illnesses in dogs that ate the recalled product.

"There have been reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs associated with certain lots of products. No human illnesses have been reported," the company said in a recall notice. "Out of an abundance of caution, we have expanded this recall to cover all corn products containing pet foods with expiration dates prior to 07/09/22."

Pets experiencing aflatoxin poisoning may have the following symptoms:  sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (a yellowish tint to the skin, eyes or gums due to liver damage) and diarrhea.

The expanded recall includes "additional corn-containing lot codes of Sportmix, Pro Pac Originals, Splash, Sportstrail, and Nunn Better dry dog and cat foods" that were produced in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant.

The company says it has a call center with licensed veterinarians for consumers who have questions or concerns regarding their pet’s health. Call 800-474-4163, extension 455, or email info@midwesternpetfoods.com for more information.

Midwestern Pet Foods recall 2021

The following are the recalled products and the lot codes are listed in a 23-page document posted at www.midwesternpetfoods.com

Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk

Pro Pac Performance Puppy

Splash Fat Cat 32%

Nunn Better Maintenance

Sportstrail 50

Sportmix Original Cat 15

Sportmix Original Cat 31

Sportmix Maintenance 44

Sportmix Maintenance 50

Sportmix High Protein 50

Sportmix Energy Plus 44

Sportmix Energy Plus 50

Sportmix Stamina 44

Sportmix Stamina 50

Sportmix Bite Size 40

Sportmix Bite Size 44

Sportmix High Energy 44

Sportmix High Energy 50

Sportmix Premium Puppy 16.5

Sportmix Premium Puppy 33

 

 



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