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More Brands, Over 1000 Lots


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Important: Illustrations not complete. Additional images will be added as they become available. Original report published on January 11, 2021 and Updated January 26, 2021

Jan 26, 2021 – The FDA is alerting consumers that Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. is expanding its recent recall to include over 1000 Loose Sports Mixes and 2 other brands of dog and cat foods as they potentially contain fatal aflatoxin levels.

As of January 21, 2021, the FDA are more than known 110 deaths and 210 diseases in pets that have eaten the affected products.

That is a ongoing investigation. This number is approximate and may not reflect the total number of pets affected.

What is being remembered?

On December 30, 2020, Midwestern Pet Foods announced the recall of a total of nine Sports Mix pet food products.

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

On January 11, 2021, the company expanded its recall to include all animal feed products that contain corn and are manufactured at the company’s Oklahoma facility and that will expire on or before July 9, 2022.

More than 1000 batch codes are affected, so they are not listed individually.

Many of the following pet food products have been recalled if their date / lot code includes an expiration date on or before “07/09/22” and “05” in the date / lot code that identifies 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 pouch and is displayed as a three line code with the top line in the format “EXP 03/03/22/05 / L # / B ### / HH: MM”.

Information on the Sportmix aflatoxin recall package

Where were the products sold?

The affected products were distributed to online retailers and stores nationwide within the United States.

Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. may have exported the recalled product to one recipient in each of the following countries: Bahrain, Barbados, Chile, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Polynesia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan, Trinidad, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vietnam.

About aflatoxin

Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the Aspergillus flavus mold that can cause in high concentrations Disease and Death in Pets.

The toxin can be present even if no mold is visible.

Pets are very susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning because, unlike people who have a varied diet, pets generally eat the same food continuously for extended periods of time.

If a pet’s food contains aflatoxin, the toxin can build up in the pet’s system if they continue to eat the same food.

Aflatoxin poisoning pets may experience symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage), and / or diarrhea.

In some cases, this toxicity can cause long-term liver problems and / or death.

Some pets experience liver damage without showing symptoms.

Pet owners whose pets have eaten the recalled products should contact their veterinarian, especially if they show signs of illness.

There is no evidence that pet owners who handle aflatoxin-containing products are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning.

However, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling pet food.

What should I do?

Affected products may still be on store shelves, online, or in pet owners’ homes.

Pet owners should stop feeding their pets the recalled products listed above and consult their veterinarian, especially if the animal shows signs of illness.

The owner should remove the feed and ensure that no other animals have access to the recalled product.

Contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800-474-4163, ext 455 7 am-4pm CT, Monday through Friday or email at [email protected] for more information.

Please see the associated FDA bulletin for more information on this recall.

U.S. residents can report complaints about FDA regulated pet food products by calling the Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area.

Or visit the FDA’s “Report a Complaint About Pet Food” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incident related to the use of this product by completing the Consumer Product Incident Report.

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Robert Dunfee