At least 70 dogs have died and more than 80 are sick after eating dog food from Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to the company, the recall includes Sportmix, Pro Pac Originals, Splash, Sportstrail, and Nunn Better dry dog and cat foods.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture found that pet food manufactured at the company's Oklahoma plant had toxic levels of aflatoxins — a toxin produced by mold that can cause illness and death in pets.
What is being done about it?
Midwestern Pet Foods recalled all pet food containing corn products that were manufactured in the company’s Oklahoma plant and have an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022. The FDA issued an advisory to notify pet owners about the potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins in Midwestern Pet Foods' products that could still be in stores, online, or in pet owners’ homes.
What products are included in the recall?
According to the FDA, the following products have been recalled if the date/lot code includes an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022, and includes “05” in the date/lot code, which identifies products made in the Midwestern Pet Food 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 can be found on the back of the bags and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in this format like the photo below: "EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM".
What should I do if my pet ate one of these products?
The FDA suggested that pet owners stop feeding their pets the recalled products immediately and consult their vet, especially if the animal is showing signs of illness. Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice, and diarrhea. The FDA also asked for vets to report cases through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators, and pet parents can report suspected cases here.