The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a recall alert on January 11, 2021, after pet food manufacturer Midwestern Pet Food expanded a recall on multiple brands of dog and cat food.
This recall was an expansion of a recall which first came to light on December 30, 2020. The original recall was a result of the FDA being alerted to reports of at least 28 dogs that had died and eight that were ill after consuming the recalled pet food.
As of January 21, more than 110 dogs had died and more than 210 had fallen ill after eating certain pet food manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods.
What was recalled?
This recall, not the original recall, covers the products listed below which were manufactured at Midwestern Pet Foods’ facility in Oklahoma and have an expiry date of July 9, 2022 or earlier. The unique Oklahoma facility identifier is “05” and can be found in the date/lot code.
Pro Pac Dog Food
- Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk, 40 lb. bags
- Pro Pac Performance Puppy, 40 lb. bags
Splash Fat Cat (Cat Food)
- Splash Fat Cat 32%, 50 lb. bags
Nunn Better Dog Food
- Nunn Better Maintenance, 50 lb. bags
Sportmix Dog and Cat Food
- Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bags
- Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bags
- Sportmix Maintenance, 44 lb. bags
- Sportmix Maintenance, 50 lb. bags
- Sportmix High Protein, 50 lb. bags
- Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bags
- Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bags
- Sportmix Stamina, 44 lb. bags
- Sportmix Stamina, 50 lb. bags
- Sportmix Bite Size, 40 lb. bags
- Sportmix Bite Size, 44 lb. bags
- Sportmix High Energy, 44 lb. bags
- Sportmix High Energy, 50 lb. bags
- Sportmix Premium Puppy, 16.5 lb. bags
- Sportmix Premium Puppy, 33 lb. bags
Why was it recalled?
Aflatoxins are toxins which can grow on corn and other grain used as ingredients in pet food. They are toxins produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, and if consumed in high volumes, can cause illness and death in pets.
Symptoms include vomiting, jaundice, diarrhea, sluggishness, and decreased appetite. In severe cases, this toxicity can be fatal. In some cases, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms.
It is unlikely that pet owners who handle products containing aflatoxin are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning. But, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling pet food.
Where was the product sold?
The impacted products were distributed to online retailers and stores nationwide in the United States.
Reporting pet food problems
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
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