Urgent recall of pet food after killing many dogs and cats


The company produces pet food Midwestern Pet Foods is expanding an emergency recall of Sportmix and several others. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, at least 70 dogs have been killed and another 80 is believed to be infected.

Sportmix pet food products were among the brands on the recall list. (Artwork photo)

These feeds were found to have potentially unsafe levels of aflatoxin, a mold by-product, and the company is conducting a voluntary recall.

As of January 11, 2021, FDA had received information about more than 70 dead animals and more than 80 pets who became sick after eating Sportmix pet food.

According to the FDA, aflatoxin can grow in corn and other grains used in pet food. If exposed to high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death. Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include slow movement, loss of appetite, and vomiting.

Midwestern Pet Foods, based in Evansville, Indiana, which has been a family business since 1926, said in a statement that it had never had to initiate a recall of its product.

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The recall includes the Midwestern Sportmix, Pro Pac Originals, Splash, Sportstrail, and Nunn Better brands of dog and cat food that are produced at its Oklahoma factory, the company says.

“We continue to scrutinize our full partnership with FDA in an effort to serve our customers better and pet owners have put their trust in us,” the company said.

The FDA says the actual number of animal deaths and illnesses may be greater, and it needs to continue working with veterinarians to monitor suspected aflatoxin cases.

Huong Giang (Source: Reuters)

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