FDA Issues Dog Food Recall
Dog Food Recall
Everyone wants the best for their pets, and that includes high quality dog food. Unfortunately it’s hard to know where the food you’re buying comes from and if it’s safe. Ingredient lists don’t tell the whole story. In January 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put out an alert for veterinarians and pet owners and issued a dog food recall with a list of foods produced by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. in their Oklahoma plant.
These pet foods may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are cancer causing substances, made by a type of fungus (Aspergillus flavus) that can be found on crops such as corn, peanuts, and tree nuts. The dog foods, containing corn, made by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. in their Oklahoma plant.
As of January 21st, 2021 the FDA has been made aware of over 110 pets that have died and more than 200 pets that have been made sick. The count is approximate, and not all confirmed, but they are in the process at present with laboratory testing. The signs of aflatoxin poisoning may include loss of appetite, sluggishness, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of eyes or gums due to liver damage), and diarrhea. Liver damage may also occur without any symptoms. Currently there is no evidence that pet owners who handle the food may get sick, but you should always remember to wash your hands after handling any pet food.
How Do You Know If Your Pet Food Is Safe?
To know if you should be concerned about a dog food recall for your pet, look for the name “Sportmix dog food.” There are nine total lots of Sportsmix pet food that have been recalled. These include:
- 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 do you do if you think your dog is sick from this food? Contact your veterinarian immediately, and take a picture of the pet food label and lot number from the back of the bag. Don’t feed the food to your animal anymore, or any other animals. Make sure it’s away from children, pets, and wildlife too. Also be sure to clean and wash all bowls and areas where the food has been located, with a light bleach solution. You can also submit your complaint to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.
If you’ve lost a pet, or your dog became seriously ill from eating any of the dog food listed above, contact the South Carolina product liability lawyers at the Anastopoulo Law firm. You may be entitled to damages and compensation for veterinarian bills, cremation costs, etc. Call us at 800-313-2546 for a no-cost consultation.
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