On December 30, 2020, Americans around the country were brought to tears by an unlikely source: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, which issued a pet food recall announcement late that evening for some products of the dry food company Sportmix. That recall was updated and expanded on Monday, January 11 at about 9:30 pm ET. This expanded version of the recall acknowledged what was already being whispered in veterinary and industry circles, that this recall was going to snowball.
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Breaking *** Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. recall finally expands as TCR speaks with growing list of bereaved dog owners around the country * Midwestern CEO Jeffrey Nunn has declined multiple requests from TCR to comment as of late Monday * New reporting coming in hours * FDA death count now 70+ dogs, 80+ sick ***
Breaking *** Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. recall finally expands as TCR speaks with growing list of bereaved dog owners around the country * Midwestern CEO Jeffrey Nunn has declined multiple requests from TCR to comment as of Monday evening * New reporting coming in hours * FDA death count now 70+ dogs, 80+ sick ***
United Airlines spox to TCR: United “no longer restricts any breed as long as it’s a service animal and the customer has the proper documentation”
After January 11, reservations on all United flights will be permanently closed to all emotional support animals. Cabin access will be limited to service dogs that can meet the service animal requirements.
Asked if United was maintaining its ‘pitbull ban,’ United spokesman Charles Hobart told TCR in an email: “We no longer restrict any breed as long as it’s a service animal and the customer has the proper documentation.”
Delta lifts ban on pitbulls that meet service dog requirements, emotional support animals permanently grounded
There’s something unique about Delta’s announcement today. Delta — the airline which led the move to ban “pitbull-type dogs” following a series of violent incidents inflight involving pitbulls traveling as emotional support animals — also becomes the first major U.S. carrier to announce the removal of its pit-bull ban today. “Delta will lift its ban on pitbull-type dogs that meet documentation requirements for trained service animals,” the announcement says.
American Airlines: Full ban on emotional support animals to take effect Feb. 1, no ESA reservations past Jan. 11
One week after Alaska Airlines made its announcement, becoming the first U.S. airline to announce a full ban on emotional support animals, American Airlines announced a forthcoming full ban on emotional support animals on January 5th that will take effect on February 1, 2021.
Death toll from Sportmix pet food recall said to be rising: “I am aware of approximately 40 deaths,” veterinarian tells TCR
The number of dogs fatally poisoned by contaminated food that the FDA announced was being recalled after at least 28 dogs died and eight became sick appears to be rising.
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.
Neither Delta nor United have issued policy changes since the DOT announcement on December 5….Changes now appear to be imminent, however. Delta spokeswoman Lisa Hanna told TCR this afternoon that Delta intends to announce its new policies on January 7. Last week, United Airlines spokesman Charles Hobart advised that TCR follow-up in early January.
Asked to respond to Dr. Larsen’s comment about the “kibble cash” chapter, Mr. Buckley tried to walk the chapter back a bit. “We have the greatest respect for the veterinary community,” he emailed, echoing the website’s praise of the community. “We routinely work with those in academia and have enjoyed a meaningful relationship with some for many years,” he continued.” If someone has read this chapter,” he adds, referring to the chapter about veterinarians and “kibble cash,” “as a ‘false narrative continually pushed to dismiss our [veterinarians’] expertise’ then there is a serious misunderstanding or misstatement somewhere. That is not how we feel.”