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Sportmix Dog and Cat Food Recalled Due to Deadly Mold Toxin

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December 30, 2020 – The FDA is alerting consumers that Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling nine lots of Sports Mix pet food products for potentially containing them fatal aflatoxin levels.

The FDA is at least aware of that 28 deaths and 8 diseases in dogs who ate the recalled products.

That is a ongoing investigation. Case numbers and scope of this pending recall can expand as soon as new information becomes available.

What is being remembered?

Dry pet food products due for recall by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. on December 30, 2020 include:

  • 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

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

As new information becomes available, the product list above can expand further.

The FDA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture are working with the company to determine if additional products have been made with the same ingredients that contain potentially fatal aflatoxin levels.

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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