PSA: FDA expands Sportmix pet food recall
The Food and Drug Administration has expanded a recall and is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about high levels of aflatoxin in some pet foods after 70 dogs reportedly died and over 80 others were sickened.
The dog food in question has been identified as certain Sportmix products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods. The products were voluntarily recalled by the company on Dec. 30, 2020, but Midwestern Pet Foods expanded the recall to include additional products that contain corn and were made in their Oklahoma manufacturing plant on Tuesday, according to the FDA.
The impacted products have an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022, and have "05" in the date or lot code.
Aflatoxin is produced by the Aspergillus flavus mold, the FDA said. It can grow on grains used as ingredients in pet food, and when high levels of aflatoxin are consumed, it can cause illness or death in pets.
Pets poisoned by aflatoxin can display symptoms that include sluggishness, jaundice — a yellowish tint in the eyes or gums caused by liver damage — loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, according to the FDA.
While the FDA says there is no evidence that pet owners who have handled the affected food are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning, it recommends that they always wash their hands after handling pet food.
The following foods added to the original recall are as follows, but the FDA says there are over 1,000 affected lot codes so they are not listed individually:
See article for list of foods that are being recalled. I 1st saw this last week, but it looks like it more wide spread than what they first thought. Glad that this was recalled, If you recall back in 2007 the FDA sat on the information that dawgs were dying in the tens of thousands for 6 months before they ordered a recall and warned the public about the threat to their dawg's lives. I can imagine the pain many went through losing their dawgs in just a few days. I remember the fear of not being able to keep mine safe. I made them food for a few weeks and then settled on Blue Mountain dawg food. Healthy weight for years and now we are using its puppy food. There are more expensive ones, but for now I trust this brand. For NOW.
Anyway please share the news with your friends who got dawgs to rule over them and let's keep the grief down.
From the comments on the original article:
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