Pet Food Recall Expanded After More Than 110 Dogs Die

Friday, January 29th 2021, 3:54 am
By: News 9, CBS News

Pet owners and veterinarians are being warned about recalled Sportmix pet food products now linked to the deaths of more than 110 animals and the illnesses of 210 others. 

Midwestern Pet Food is expanding its recall of dog and cat food sold online by retailers nationwide as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigates potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins. Retailers that sold the recalled products include Tractor Supply Co., which operates more than 1,900 stores in 49 states. 

Midwestern, based in Evansville, Indiana, is broadening a prior recall to include all pet foods manufactured in the company's Oklahoma plant containing corn and having an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022. 

The recalled products include "05" in the date/lot code, which identifies them as having been made in the Oklahoma plant. More than 1,000 lot codes are affected (see product list below.)

The company in December recalled only certain lots of its Sportmix product after the deaths of at least 28 canines and the illnesses of eight others. The Missouri Department of Agriculture tested multiple product samples and found high levels of aflatoxins, which are toxins produced by mold that can cause death and illness in pets, according to the FDA. 

The toxins can be present even if there is no visible mold, the agency cautioned.

Pets with 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 diarrhea. Pets can also suffer liver damage without showing symptoms.

"FDA is issuing this advisory to notify the public about the potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins in Midwestern pet food products that may still be on store shelves, online or in pet owners' homes," the agency stated in an alert posted Monday.

"We continue a thorough review of our facilities and practices in full cooperation with FDA," the nearly 100-year-old company said Tuesday in a statement. "Until recently, throughout our long history, we've never had a product recall."

Customers with questions can reach a call center staffed with licensed veterinarians at (800) 474-4163, ext. 455, or email, Midwestern said.

Additional recalled products:

  1. Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk, 40 lb. bag 
  2. Pro Pac Performance Puppy, 40 lb. bag 
  3. Splash Fat Cat 32%, 50 lb. bag 
  4. Nunn Better Maintenance, 50 lb. bag
  5. Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag
  6. Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag
  7. Sportmix Maintenance, 44 lb. bag
  8. Sportmix Maintenance, 50 lb. bag
  9. Sportmix High Protein, 50 lb. bag
  10. Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag
  11. Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag
  12. Sportmix Stamina, 44 lb. bag
  13. Sportmix Stamina, 50 lb. bag
  14. Sportmix Bite Size, 40 lb. bag
  15. Sportmix Bite Size, 44 lb. bag
  16. Sportmix High Energy, 44 lb. bag
  17. Sportmix High Energy, 50 lb. bag
  18. Sportmix Premium Puppy, 16.5 lb. bag
  19. Sportmix Premium Puppy, 33 lb. bag

Lot code information may be found on the back of bag and will appear in a three-line code, with the top line in format "EXP 03/03/22/05/L__/B___/HH:MM".

Initial recalled lot codes:

  1. 50# Sportmix Energy Plus Lots Exp 03/02/22/05/L2, 03/02/22/05/L3, 03/03/22/05/L2
  2. 44# Sportmix Energy Plus Lots 03/02/22/05/L3
  3. 50# Sportmix Premium High Energy Lots 03/03/22/05/L3
  4. 44# Sportmix Premium High Energy Lots 03/03/22/05/L3
  5. 31# Sportmix Original Cat Lots 03/03/22/05/L3
  6. 15# Sportmix Original Cat Lots 03/03/22/05/L2, 03/03/22/05/L3

First published on January 12, 2021 / 5:56 PM

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