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FDA expands Sportmix pet food recall after 70 dogs reportedly died – KSL.com


WASHINGTON (CNN) — 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.

Even if a pet is not displaying any symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning, the FDA recommends that pet owners who have pets that have eaten the affected products contact their veterinarian — as it can cause long-term liver damage.

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:

  • Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk, 40-pound bag
  • Pro Pac Performance Puppy, 40-pound bag
  • Splash Fat Cat 32%, 50-pound bag
  • Nunn Better Maintenance, 50-pound bag
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 15-pound bag
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 31-pound bag
  • Sportmix Maintenance, 44-pound bag
  • Sportmix Maintenance, 50-pound bag
  • Sportmix High Protein, 50-pound bag
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 44-pound bag
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 50-pound bag
  • Sportmix Stamina, 44-pound bag
  • Sportmix Stamina, 50-pound bag
  • Sportmix Bite Size, 40-pound bag
  • Sportmix Bite Size, 44-pound bag
  • Sportmix High Energy, 44-pound bag
  • Sportmix High Energy, 50-pound bag
  • Sportmix Premium Puppy, 16.5-pound bag
  • Sportmix Premium Puppy, 33-pound bag

Customers can find the lot code on the back of bag in a three-line code. The following dry pet foods were flagged for recall on Dec. 30:

Sportmix Energy Plus, 50-pound bag

  • Exp 03/02/22/05/L2
  • Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
  • Exp 03/03/22/05/L2

Sportmix Energy Plus, 44-pound bag

Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50-pound bag

Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44-pound bag

Sportmix Original Cat, 31-pound bag

Sportmix Original Cat, 15-pound bag

  • Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
  • Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

Pet owners can report suspected illnesses to the FDA electronically through its safety reporting portal or by calling the state consumer complaint coordinator. The FDA also offers a guide with steps to report a pet food complaint.

The investigation is ongoing, and the scope of the recall may expand as new information becomes available, the FDA said.

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