FDA: Pets Deaths From Recalled, Moldy Food Rises to Over 70
More pets are dying or getting sick from potentially fatal levels of mold in recalled pet food.
The FDA is aware of more than 70 pets that have died and more than 80 that are sick after eating Sportmix pet food. "Not all of these cases have been officially confirmed as aflatoxin poisoning through laboratory testing or veterinary record review. This count is approximate and may not reflect the total number of pets affected," the FDA said.
The FDA alerted pet owners a few weeks ago about certain Sportmix pet food products for cats and dogs that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin, 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, and/or diarrhea. In some cases, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms.
The FDA says pets are highly susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning because, unlike people, who eat a varied diet, pets generally eat the same food continuously over extended periods of time. If a pet’s food contains aflatoxin, the toxin could accumulate in the pet’s system as they continue to eat the same food.
The list of recalled dry pet food products announced by Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. on December 30, 2020 is:
Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag
Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag
Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50 lb. bag
Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44 lb. bag
Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag
Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag
Lot code information may be found on the back of bag and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in format “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”
If your dog has symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning, contact a veterinarian immediately. Even pets without symptoms may have suffered liver damage, so you may want to contact your veterinarian if your dog has eaten any of the recalled products.
You can report suspected illness to the FDA or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. You can also contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800-474-4163, ext. 455 from 7AM to 4PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at email@example.com for additional information.