Updated: (Courtesy of the FDA)
- As of January 21, 2021, FDA is aware of more than 110 pets that have died and more than 210 pets that are sick after eating certain pet food manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods. Not all of these cases have been officially confirmed as aflatoxin poisoning through laboratory testing or veterinary record review. This count is approximate and may not reflect the total number of pets affected.
- This is an ongoing investigation. Case counts and the scope of this recall may expand as new information becomes available.
Updated: (Courtesy of the FDA)
On January 11, 2021, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. expanded the recall to include all pet food products containing corn that were made in the firm’s Oklahoma plant and that expire on or before July 9, 2022. More than 1000 lot codes are affected so they are not listed individually.
Lots 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 includes “05” in the date/lot code, which identifies products made in the Oklahoma plant:
- Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk, 40 lb. bag
- Pro Pac Performance Puppy, 40 lb. bag
- Splash Fat Cat 32%, 50 lb. bag
- Nunn Better Maintenance, 50 lb. bag
- Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag
- Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag
- Sportmix Maintenance, 44 lb. bag
- Sportmix Maintenance, 50 lb. bag
- Sportmix High Protein, 50 lb. bag
- Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag
- Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag
- Sportmix Stamina, 44 lb. bag
- Sportmix Stamina, 50 lb. bag
- Sportmix Bite Size, 40 lb. bag
- Sportmix Bite Size, 44 lb. bag
- Sportmix High Energy, 44 lb. bag
- Sportmix High Energy, 50 lb. bag
- Sportmix Premium Puppy, 16.5 lb. bag
- Sportmix Premium Puppy, 33 lb. bag
Lot code information may be found on the back of bag and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in format “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”
If you have one of the products listed above but do not know the lot code or expiration date, FDA recommends that you stop feeding the product.
Blog info below has been updated
Midwestern Pet Food has voluntarily recalled several lots of the popular brand after 28 dogs have died from suspected aflatoxin poisoning.
The FDA is warning pet owners and veterinarians that these certain lots of Sportmix may contain aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and grains used as ingredients in pet foods and at high levels can be deadly for pets.
The FDA is also warning the general public that the Sportmix brand containing high aflatoxin levels may still be on store shelves, online, or in pet owners’ homes.
The recalled lot codes announced by Midwestern Pet Food, Inc on December 30, 2020 include the following:
- 50# Sportmix Energy Plus Lots Exp 03/02/22/05/L2, 03/02/22/05/L3, 03/03/22/05/L2
- 44# Sportmix Energy Plus Lots 03/02/22/05/L3
- 50# Sportmix Premium High Energy Lots 03/03/22/05/L3
- 44# Sportmix Premium High Energy Lots 03/03/22/05/L3
- 31# Sportmix Original Cat Lots 03/03/22/05/L3
- 15# Sportmix Original Cat Lots 03/03/22/05/L2, 03/03/22/05/L3
Lot code information may be found on the back of the bag and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in the format “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”
You can also identify the recalled products by the photos below:
This situation remains fluid, and the FDA will continue to update its page as additional information becomes available.
Symptoms of Aflatoxin Poisoning
If your pet shows signs of aflatoxin poisoning, including sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately. Provide a full diet history to your veterinarian. It may be helpful to take a picture of the pet food label, including the lot number. No cat or human illnesses have been reported.
What Should Pet Owners do?
Don’t feed the recalled products to your pets or any other animal. Contact the company listed on the package for further instructions or throw the products away so that children, pets, and wildlife cannot access them.
Sanitize pet food bowls, scoops, and storage containers using bleach, rinsing well afterward with water, and drying thoroughly.
There is no evidence to suggest that pet owners who handle products containing aflatoxin are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning. However, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling any pet food.
If you feel your pet may have eaten any of the recalled products, please call Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital to speak with one of our veterinarians.