Breaking *** Pet Food Recall Alert *** FDA says at least 28 dogs dead, 8 sick from “potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin” in Sportmix dog food products

Breaking News: FDA says at least 28 dogs dead, 8 ill from “potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin” in Sportmix dog food products. More to come.

Please sign up for TCR alerts so that you can keep up with our reporting.

From FDA’s alert:

Fast Facts

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

  • FDA is aware of at least 28 deaths and 8 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 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.

  • 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 can also report suspected cases to the FDA.

sportmix labeling

According to the FDA, some but not all Sportmix products are affected. However,  TCR always advises pet owners to stop feeding ALL dog food products from the parent company (in this case, Midwestern Pet Foods) for a period of no less than three months from the day of the first recall. The reason we advise this is because pet food recalls frequently develop over a period of several months.

Read the FDA’s alert here

Pet owners can and absolutely should report suspected cases to FDA here