The company released an announcement on Dec. 30th, recalling the Sportmix brand of dog and cat food listed below. This comes after the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) got reports of at least 28 dog deaths and eight sick dogs after eating Sportmix pet food. Samples tested by the Missouri Department of Agriculture showed the pet food has dangerous levels of aflatoxin that could cause illness and death in pets.
The products are:
- 50lb bag: Sportmix Energy Plus
Lots Exp 03/02/22/05/L2
Lots Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
Lots Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
- 44lb bag: Sportmix Energy Plus
- 50lb bag: Sportmix Premium High Energy
- 44lb bag: Sportmix Premium High Energy
- 31lb bag: Sportmix Original Cat
- 15lb bag: Sportmix Original Cat
The lot code information is a three-line code printed at the back of the bag. The format of the top line is “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”
Aflatoxin is a toxin that’s produced by Aspergillus flavus, a mold, which can grow on grains such as corn. Corn and other grains are common ingredients in pet food. The toxin may be present even if the mold is not visible.
According to the FDA Alert, symptoms in pets include sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums and/or diarrhea. Sometimes, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms. In other cases, it could be fatal.
Midwestern Pet Food has ordered all online distributors and retail stores to remove the affected lots from their inventory and shelves, and where possible, contact pet owners who had bought the products.
Pet owners should throw all affected pet food and pet dishes, including storage containers washed and sanitized before use.
All pets with symptoms should be taken to a vet immediately.