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Recall expanded for dog and cat food after reports of at least 70 pet deaths

Posted January 13, 2021 8:04 a.m. EST
Updated January 18, 2021 11:36 a.m. EST

Sportmix Premium Dog Food (photo courtesy FDA)

The FDA has expanded the recall of select dog food and cat food products after reports of 80 illnesses and at least 70 deaths linked to pets who ate the recalled product.

Expanded Recall on Jan. 11, 2021

In January 11, 2021, the Food & Drug Administration updated the initial recall from Dec. 30 to include multiple additional Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. products. The recalled pet food products were sold nationally to online distributors and retail stores and include various Sportmix, Nunn Better, Pro Pac and Splash brands.

The pet food is being recalled because they may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins, which are toxins produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus.

According to the updated notice, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc has "expanded the recall to include all pet foods containing corn and manufactured in the company’s Oklahoma plant, and having an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022."

See the update recall notice and list of additional recalled products on the FDA website at fda.gov.

Initial Recall On Dec. 30, 2020

On December 30, 2020, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of select Sportmix dog and cat food products after reports of multiple illnesses and deaths.

According to the FDA notice, the recall is being issued "due to tests indicating levels of Aflatoxin that exceed acceptable limits. Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets."

The recalled products were distributed to online distributors and retail stores throughout the country.

"There have been reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs associated with the below listed lots of Sportmix High Energy. No cat or human illnesses have been reported," the recall indicates.

An article from prnewswire.com indicates that "the FDA is aware of at least 28 deaths and eight illnesses in dogs that ate the recalled product."

Signs of aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea." If your pet shows any of these signs, contact a veterinarian immediately.

The recalled products include the following:

* 50# Sportmix Energy Plus Lots Exp 03/02/22/05/L2, 03/02/22/05/L3, 03/03/22/05/L2

* 44# Sportmix Energy Plus Lots 03/02/22/05/L3

* 50# Sportmix Premium High Energy Lots 03/03/22/05/L3

* 44# Sportmix Premium High Energy Lots 03/03/22/05/L3

* 31# Sportmix Original Cat Lots 03/03/22/05/L3

* 15# Sportmix Original Cat Lots 03/03/22/05/L2, 03/03/22/05/L3

Lot code information may be found on the back of bag and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in format “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”. See additional information on finding the lot codes on the recall notice.

If you have any of the recalled products, do not feed them to your pets or any other animals. The company shared that customers with these products should "destroy the products in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them. Wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups and storage containers."

Contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800-474-4163, ext. 455 from 7AM to 4PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at info@midwesternpetfoods.com for additional information.

See the full recall notice including products photos on the FDA website HERE.

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