Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. expanded the recall of some of its products after reports linking their pet food to multiple dog deaths. The Sportsmix food may contain potentially unsafe levels of aflatoxin, a byproduct of mold. The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement it’s been “aware of more than 70 dogs that have died and more than 80 that are sick after eating Sportmix pet food.” According to the FDA Aflatoxin can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets.
Midwestern Pet Foods initially announced a voluntary recall on Dec. 30 and expanded that recall this week. In a statement the FDA said 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 recalled products and lot codes are listed in a 23-page document posted at www.midwesternpetfoods.com Midwestern Pet Foods created a call center with licensed veterinarians for consumers who have questions or concerns regarding their pet’s health at 800-474-4163, extension 455, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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