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FDA Recollects Canine Meals With Deadly Aflatoxin Ranges After Over 70 Canine Died – American Kennel Membership

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Certain quantities of Sportmix pet foods are now being recalled after the FDA was informed of very high levels of aflatoxin in food and multiple deaths in dogs.

On January 11, 2021, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. expanded this recall. The recall now includes all pet foods that contain corn and are manufactured at the Oklahoma facility with an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022. At this point in time, the FDA was aware of more than 70 dogs that had died and more than 80 dogs were sick after eating Sportmix pet food. The FDA was able to take immediate action thanks to investigations by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the University of Mizzou.

Dog owners who have fed their dog one of the affected Sportmix pet foods should immediately feed the food upstairs and contact their veterinarian. Learn if your dog’s food has been compromised and what steps to take.

What are aflatoxins?

Aflatoxins are toxins produced by the Aspergillus flavus mold. In high concentrations, attack toxins can cause death and serious illness in pets. Aflatoxin can be produced by mold in grains, especially drought-prone corn. Even if no mold is visible, these toxins can be present in dog food.

What are the symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning?

Unlike humans, pets generally feed continuously. Therefore, if the food contains aflatoxins, the toxins can build up in your pet’s system. Please note the following:

  • Vomit
  • inertia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice (a yellow shade of the eyes, gums, or skin)
  • diarrhea

In some cases, pets with aflatoxin experience long-term liver problems or death. If your dog has eaten the recalled product, contact your veterinarian immediately and monitor your dog for symptoms. Even pets with no symptoms can have liver damage

Are People at Risk of Aflatoxin Poisoning?

There is no evidence that individuals who have handled Sportmix dog food are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning. As a general rule, always wash your hands after handling pet food.

Which sports mix pet food is being recalled?

The list of recalled dry pet food products announced by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. on December 30, 2020:

  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 pound bag
    • Exp 03/02/22/05 / L2
    • Exp 03/02/22/05 / L3
    • Exp 03/03/22/05 / L2
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 pound bag
  • Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 15 pound bag
    • Exp 03/03/22/05 / L2
    • Exp 03/03/22/05 / L3

Many of the following pet food products have been recalled if the date / lot code includes an expiration date on or before “07/09/22” and “05” in the date / lot code that identifies the products made at the Oklahoma factory:

  • Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk, 40 pound bag
  • Pro Pac Performance Puppy, 40 pound bag
  • Splash Fat Cat 32%, 50 lb. bag
  • Nunn Better Maintenance, 50 pound bag
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 15 pound bag
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag
  • Sport mix maintenance, 44 lb. bag
  • Sport mix maintenance, 50 lb. bag
  • Sportmix High Protein, 50 pound sachet
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 pound bag
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 pound bag
  • Sports mix endurance, 44 pound bag
  • Sports mix endurance, 50 pound bag
  • Sports mix bite size, 40 lb. bag
  • Sports mix bite size, 44 lb. bag
  • Sports mix High Energy, 44 lb. bag
  • Sports mix High Energy, 50 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Premium Puppy, 16.5 lb. bag
  • Sportmix Premium Puppy, 33 lb. bag

The lot code information is located on the back of the bag and is displayed in a three line code, with the top line in the format “EXP 03/03/22 /05/ L # / B ### / HH: MM ”

What to do if your dog’s food is recalled

If your dog’s food has been recalled, stop feeding the food immediately. The food should be returned to the store it was purchased from and you may be eligible for a refund. Or you can dispose of the feed properly so that other animals have no access to it.

If your dog has already eaten the recalled food, contact your veterinarian to determine what action, if any, you should take. Even if your dog shows no signs of illness, it is best to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Depending on the reason the food was recalled, your veterinarian can determine what action, if any, should be taken.

If you believe your dog got sick or died from eating a recalled food, you should file a complaint with the FDA. You can file a report online or contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your state.

If a recall has prevented you from feeding your dog his normal diet, try finding a similar food to replace it or ask your veterinarian for suggestions. Remember, sudden diet changes can lead to feeding problems in dogs.

Tips to keep your dog’s food safe

  • Clean your dog’s food and water bowls daily with dish soap and hot water
  • Use stainless steel bowls
  • Open opened canned food, covered and refrigerated
  • Keep dry food in a closed container to prevent exposure to rodents and pests
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and especially after handling pet food
  • Feed your pet healthy as recommended by your veterinarian
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