Evansville-based pet food company recalls dog, cat food products after 28 dogs die – Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A pet food company based in Evansville has voluntarily recalled a line of dry dog and cat food after 28 dogs reportedly died. 

Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. is a family-owned company that opened in 1926. It’s headquartered in Evansville, and its products are sold nationally. 

Last week, the company recalled several types of its Sportmix High Energy products including: 

  • Sportmix Energy Plus in 50- and 44-pound bags
  • Sportmix Premium High Energy in 50- and 44-pound bags
  • Sportmix Original Cat in 31- and 15-pound bags

The expiration date on these products is March 2 or March 3, 2022. 

According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, the listed dog and cat foods tested for levels of Aflatoxin that exceed acceptable limits. 

There have been reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs associated with a number of Sportmix High Energy dog foods that have been recalled as well as some cat foods.

Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets.

The USDA reported at least 28 dog deaths associated with the Sportmix products and illnesses in others. 

No cat or human illnesses have been reported. 

The FDA is conducting follow-up activities at the manufacturing facility for Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. 

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