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Sportmix Pet Food Recalled for Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 22:08:48-05

The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about certain Sportmix pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.

The FDA is aware of at least 28 deaths and eight illnesses in dogs that ate the recalled product.

This is an ongoing investigation. Case counts and the scope of this pending recall may expand as new information becomes available.

“Although this pet food recall is still unfolding, we are sharing the facts we have so far because the levels of aflatoxin found in the recalled pet food are potentially fatal, said Amber McCoig, D.V.M., M.P.H., deputy director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Division of Compliance. "We are working quickly on this developing situation and will continue to update the public as new information becomes available. This is in service of FDA’s mission to protect human and animal health.”

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.

Pets experiencing aflatoxin poisoning may have symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes or gums due to liver damage) and/or diarrhea. In severe cases, this toxicity can be fatal. In some cases, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms.

Pet owners should stop feeding their pets the recalled products and consult their veterinarian, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness.

For a full list of recalled products, see the FDA Advisory.