The FDA has recently expanded a recall on lots of Sportmix pet food. Learn more about the recall, how to check if your bag of food is potentially harmful, and what to do if your pet has eaten any of the recalled food.
According to the FDA Website update: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in cooperation with the state departments of agriculture for Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, is investigating certain Sportmix pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins.
On January 11, 2021, Midwestern Pet Foods expanded the recall to include additional products that contain corn and were made in their Oklahoma manufacturing plant.
The FDA is warning pet owners and veterinarians about certain Sportmix pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. in its Oklahoma plant that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins after being linked to 70 pet deaths. As of January 11, 2021, FDA is aware of more than 70 pets that have died and more than 80 pets 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. They are also 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 may also report suspected cases with the FDA as well. Aflatoxins are toxins produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which grows on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. When levels are too high, it may cause illness and even death in pets. 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 aflatoxins, the toxins could accumulate in the pet’s system as they continue to eat the same food. Pet owners should stop feeding their pet the recalled products and consult their veterinarian, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness. Some signs of potential illness include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and sluggishness.
Midwestern Pet Foods originally announced a recall of nine lots of its Sportmix pet food products on December 30, and then on Jan. 11, the company expanded that recall. The FDA is still working to determine whether any additional products may have been made with the same ingredients containing potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin, which means this recall list may continue to expand.
The recalled products were distributed to online retailers and stores nationwide within the United States. How to Check Your if Your Food is Part of the Recall Lot code information may be found on the back of the bag and will appear in a three-line code. See below:
Lots recalled on December 30:
Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag Exp 03/02/22/05/L2 Exp 03/02/22/05/L3 Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50 lb. bag Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44 lb. bag Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag Exp 03/03/22/05/L2 Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
The Jan. 11 expanded recall includes all pet food products containing corn made in the company’s Oklahoma plant that will expire on or before July 9, 2022. More than 1,000 lot codes are affected, so they are not listed individually, the FDA said. Lots of the following pet food products have been recalled if the date/lot code includes an expiration date on or before “07/09/22” and includes “05” in the date/lot code, which identifies products made in the Oklahoma plant. The recalled products are listed below.
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
What to do if your pet ate any of the Recalled Food: 1. Contact a Veterinarian If your pet 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 pet has eaten any of the recalled products. Remember to provide a full diet history to your veterinarian. 2. Stop Feeding the Recalled Products to Any Pets & Dispose of Properly Don’t feed the recalled products to your pets or any other animal. Contact the company listed on the package for further instructions or throw the products away in a way that children, pets, and wildlife cannot access them. Sanitize pet food bowls, scoops, and storage containers using bleach, rinsing well afterwards with water, and drying thoroughly to remove any potentially harmful residue. 3. Report any suspected illness to the FDA You can report suspected illness to the FDA electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. It’s most helpful if you can work with your veterinarian to submit your pet’s medical records as part of your report. For an explanation of the information and level of detail that would be helpful to include in a complaint to the FDA, please see How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.