Dog food contamination leads to voluntary recall – VeterinaryPracticeNews.com

The deaths of nearly 30 dogs have led to the voluntary recall of several Sportmix pet food products.

Midwestern Pet Food Inc., the brand’s parent company, has pulled some varieties of the Sportmix canine diet because 28 dogs died and eight others became sick after eating the product.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement on December 30, stating Sportmix “may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin,” which is “a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food.”

When appearing in high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in animals. According to FDA, symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning in pets includes sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice, and/or diarrhea. Pets are more susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning because they tend to eat the same food every day, unlike humans, who eat a more varied diet, the agency says.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) reportedly tested multiple samples of Sportmix and found high levels of aflatoxin.

The list of Sportmix recalled varieties includes:

  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag
    • Exp 03/02/22/05/L2
    • Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
    • Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. 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 lb. bag
    • Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
    • Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

Lot code information may be found on the back of bag and will appear in a three-line code,
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