UPDATED: 1.12.21 (EXPANDS RECALL)
At least 28 dogs have died and another eight have become sick after eating dog food that contained high levels of a toxin called aflatoxin, the Food and Drug Administration said, as some pet foods were recalled Wednesday ACCORDING TO NBCNEWS.COM.
Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. of Evansville, Indiana which manufactures the Sportmix brand of pet foods, announced a recall of nine lots of the pet food which are distributed nationally to online distributors and retail stores.
According to the COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT posted on the FDA.gov website:
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.
If your pet shows signs of aflatoxin poisoning including sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea, contact a veterinarian immediately.
MIDWESTERN PET FOODS:
According to Company’s Home Page: TRUSTED NUTRITION (as of 1.1.21)
“Our products are subject to rigorous testing in independent laboratories to ensure quality nutrition and safety.”
MIDWESTERN PET FOODS VOLUNTARILY EXPANDS RECALL OF PET FOOD FOR AFLATOXIN HEALTH RISK (1.11.21)
MIDWESTERN PET FOODS VOLUNTARILY RECALLS PET FOOD RECALL FOR AFLATOXIN HEALTH RISK (12.30.20)
FDA: Company Announcement
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food Recall for Aflatoxin Health Risk (12.30.20)
FDA Alert: Certain Lots of Sportmix Pet Food Recalled for Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin (12.30.20)
FDA: How to Report a Pet Food Complaint
Pet owners are urged to report suspected cases to the FDA either electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or you can call your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.
RECENT PET FOOD RECALLS DUE TO POTENTIALLY ELEVATED LEVELS OF AFLATOXIN
Sunshine Mills, Inc. Expands Previously Announced Voluntary Recall of Certain Pet Food Products Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin (10.8.20)