Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin; U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Recall of Some Sportmix Pet Food Products

Sportmix pet product for dog affected by aflatoxin (SOURCE: FDA)
Sportmix pet product for dog affected by aflatoxin (SOURCE: FDA)

The FDA announced Wednesday, December 30, 2020 that levels of aflatoxin found certain lots of Sportmix pet food are potentially fatal. There are 28 deaths and eight illnesses connected to dogs that consumed the products.

Recalled lot codes are as follows:

50# Sportmix Energy Plus Lots Exp 03/02/22/05/L2, 03/02/22/05/L3, 03/03/22/05/L2

44# Sportmix Energy Plus Lots 03/02/22/05/L3

50# Sportmix Premium High Energy Lots 03/03/22/05/L3

44# Sportmix Premium High Energy Lots 03/03/22/05/L3

31# Sportmix Original Cat Lots 03/03/22/05/L3

15# Sportmix Original Cat Lots 03/03/22/05/L2, 03/03/22/05/L3

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.

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 listed in the FDA Advisory below and consult their veterinarian, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness. The pet owner should remove the food and make sure no other animals have access to the recalled product.

The FDA is asking veterinarians who suspect aflatoxin poisoning in their patients to report the cases through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Pet owners are also urged to report suspected cases to the FDA.

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Sportmix Cat food product affected
Sportmix Cat food product affected (SOURCE: FDA).
Sportmix pet product for dog affected by aflatoxin (SOURCE: FDA)
Sportmix pet product for dog affected by aflatoxin (SOURCE: FDA)