A serious food recall has been announced affecting brands of pet food made by Midwestern Pet Food Inc. The Food & Drug Administration issued a warning letter to the company after violations were discovered during inspections at the manufacturing plant.
Sportmix brand's dry dog foods are the main products in question, and per the FDA, poor safety standards have led to illness and even death in numerous dogs. The issue is the presence of a dead aflatoxin which was found after customers complained of suspected mycotoxin poisoning in their pets. At least 130 pets have died in instances linked to these products.
Following the initial inspection at the Midwestern Pet Food manufacturing facility in Oklahoma, the Food & Drug Administration launched investigations at the company's New York, Indiana, and Illinois locations. After these tests, additional products were recalled after traces of salmonella were found. At this point, the list of potentially dangerous pet foods includes both cat and dog foods by the brands Sportmix and Earthborn.
Right now, the FDA has published a comprehensive letter stating all of Midwestern Pet Food's health and safety violations as well as their poor responses when these issues were initially brought to their attention. Director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine Steven M. Solomon, M.P.H., D.V.M. issued a statement, which reads in part:
The FDA is dedicated to taking all steps possible to help pet owners have confidence that the food they buy for their animal companions is safe and wholesome. We are issuing this corporate-wide warning letter because inspections of Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.’s manufacturing plants revealed evidence of violations, which were shared across multiple plants and were associated with the illness or death of hundreds of pets who had eaten the company’s dry dog food.
Midwestern Pet Food has yet to issue a statement; we'll update this post when they do.
If you are a pet owner who feeds your animal dry food, check out the list on the FDA website outlining all of the brand names, package details, and official codes of the recalled products. Dispose of any questionable products you may find immediately and watch out for any symptoms of infection from aflatoxin in your pets like sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice, unexplained bruising or bleeding, and diarrhea.
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