Evansville, IN — January 2, 2021
We have a co-worker whose Instagram bio states, “Love my dogs more than most humans.” That could mean she is just more passionate about her dogs than other people are about theirs. Or, it could indicate she loves her dogs more than most of the people in her social circles. Either way dog owners love their pets like a member of the family.
While this article is not the normal type of story published in The Lasco Press it is important enough to make our readers aware of a possibly dangerous situation. Midwest Pet Foods of Evansville, IN issued a recall for some of their dog food products sold nationwide under the brand name of Sportmix. Here is the company announcement.
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food for Aflatoxin Health Risk
Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., of Evansville, IN is issuing a voluntary recall of the below-listed dog and cat food products due to tests indicating levels of Aflatoxin that exceed acceptable limits. Products were distributed nationally to online distributors and retail stores.
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.
There have been reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs associated with the below listed lots of Sportmix High Energy. No cat or human illnesses have been reported.
If your pet shows signs of aflatoxin poisoning including sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea, contact a veterinarian immediately. Provide a full diet history to your veterinarian. It may be helpful to take a picture of the pet food label, including the lot number.
Lot code information may be found on the back of the bag and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in the format “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM” as follows (see below in pictures section).
Retailers and distributors should immediately pull recalled lots from their inventory and shelves. Do not sell or donate the recalled products. Retailers are encouraged to contact consumers who have purchased the recalled products if you have the means to do so (frequent buyer cards, etc.).
Pet parents: do not feed the recalled products to your pets or any other animals. Destroy the products in a way that children, pets, and wildlife cannot access them. Wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups, and storage containers.
Contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800-474-4163, ext. 455 from 7 AM to 4 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at email@example.com for additional information.
This is a voluntary recall conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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
Products may be identified as follows (see below in pictures section):
This article published as a public service, no endorsement intended.