After issuing a recall on Dec. 30 after 28 dog deaths, Midwestern Pet Foods is expanding its pet food recall to include all dog and cat foods made with corn products because they may contain mold toxin aflatoxin in levels that are higher than the acceptable daily limits set by the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA has started an investigation into the source of aflatoxin poisoning at Midwestern Pet Foods, which at high levels can cause illness and death in pets. To date, there have been 70 reports of pets dying from eating the food and 80 pet illnesses related to the product.
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The recalled pet food was produced at Midwestern Pet Foods’ Chickasha Operations Facility in Oklahoma and distributed nationwide in retail stores and online.
Lot codes recalled can be found on the back of the bag of food in a three-line code.
The recalled dog and cat foods included:
- Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk
- Pro Pac Performance Puppy
- Splash Fat Cat 32%
- Nunn Better Maintenance
- Sportstrail 50
- Sportmix Original Cat 15
- Sportmix Original Cat 31
- Sportmix Maintenance 44
- Sportmix Maintenance 50
- Sportmix High Protein 50
- Sportmix Energy Plus 44
- Sportmix Energy Plus 50
- Sportmix Stamina 44
- Sportmix Stamina 50
- Sportmix Bite Size 40
- Sportmix Bite Size 44
- Sportmix High Energy 44
- Sportmix High Energy 50
- Sportmix Premium Puppy 16.5
- Sportmix Premium Puppy 33
Lot codes and expiration dates can be viewed here. Labels of the pet food can be viewed here.
The affected dog and cat foods cover all products that expire on or before July 9, 2022. Products with expiration dates after this date are not included in the recall, the company said.
Consumers are urged to stop feeding their pets the recalled food immediately. It also should not be fed to any other animal. The food should be destroyed so that children, pets, and wildlife cannot access it. All food bowls, cups, utensils, and storage containers that came in contact with the pet food should be sanitized.
Questions about the recall can be directed to Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at (800) 474-4163, ext 455, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT or by email at email@example.com.
Pets that have aflatoxin poisoning may have symptoms of sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage), or diarrhea. If a pet displays these signs, they should be seen by a vet immediately. Pet owners should bring along the label from their pet food, including lot number and best-buy date.
Midwestern Pet Foods said it has not received any reports of human illnesses from the pet food. The company said it recalled the dog and cat food “out of an abundance of caution to help protect the health and safety of pets.”