A recall notification for selected sports mix pet foods in December has been expanded to cover additional products. It is already believed that contamination from aflatoxins, poisonous substances derived from a mold called Aspergillus flavus, caused the deaths of 70 or more pets.
The recall affects all Sport Mix dog and cat food products made with corn products in the Chickasha Operations Facility of Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. Affected products have an expiration date of 07/09/22 or earlier. Products that expire after this date are not included. The package can tell you whether the product was manufactured at the affected location – if so, you will find “05” and “REG. OK-PFO-0005 ”at the end of the date code. If your product has a three line date code, it also means it came from the Chickasha establishment.
How do I know if my pet is sick?
The FDA says symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning in pets include “sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage), unexplained bruising or bleeding, and / or diarrhea. In some cases, aflatoxins can affect blood clotting and cause long-term liver problems and / or death. “It is also possible for pets to have liver damage without showing symptoms. In this case, prolonged consumption of contaminated food can lead to sudden death.
What do I do if I have Sportsmix pet food?
Check the expiration date and date code and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your pet may be affected. You can also report the suspected case to the FDA or contact your veterinarian. Veterinarians are encouraged to use the FDA’s Safety Reporting Tool or contact the local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators if they suspect aflatoxin poisoning.
Please see the FDA Alert Page for this outbreak for more information, the Pet Aflatoxin Poisoning Reference Page, or the full recall page for more information on identifying affected products and lots.