On Dec. 30, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. of Evansville, Indiana, announced a recall of certain lots of Sportmix pet food products after FDA was alerted about reports of at least 28 dogs that died and eight that were ill after consuming the recalled food.
The company on Monday voluntarily expanded its recall of certain pet food products to include all dog and cat pet food products made in its Chickasha Operations Facility with corn products, because those products "may contain aflatoxin levels which exceed acceptable limits." While the company is only recalling products made in the Chickasha facility, it says that those 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.
According to the FDA, as of Jan. 11, over 70 pets have died and over 80 pets have become sick after eating Sportmix food, though not all of those cases have been officially confirmed as aflatoxin poisoning through lab testing.
The products recalled cover all that expire on or before July 9, 2022, depicted as “07/09/22” in the date code on the product. As explained above, this recall covers only products manufactured at Midwestern Pet Food’s Chickasha, Oklahoma facility. Note that the unique Chickasha Facility identifier is located in the date code as a “05” and “REG. OK‐PFO‐0005” at the end of the date code, as seen below.
Recalled products are as follows, with lot codes found in Expanded Recall Lot Numbers:
- 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
You can view more information and the updated statement from the FDA on the expanded pet food recall by clicking here. To view the list of products listed in Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.'s Dec. 30 recall, click here.