Sportmix Recall: Over 15 Cat and Dog Foods Implicated in At Least 110 Deaths, Over 200 Sickened


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Sportmix recall of dog food and cat food from Midwestern Pet Foods that might have lethal aflatoxin poisoning also might have gone to 35 other nations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine.

The agency also said it now knows of at least 110 pets that have died and 210 other pets that have gotten sick after eating Sportmix dog food or cat food. When Midwestern initially recalled three Sportmix varieties on Dec. 30, FDA put the deceased number at 28 dogs. When Midwestern expanded the recall earlier this month to 12 pet foods sold under Sportmix and other brands, the agency said 70 dogs have died.

By January 11, more than 70 pets had died after eating Sportmix pet foods, according to reports submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On that date, the product’s maker Midwestern Pet Foods expanded the recall for excess levels of aflatoxin to include all products meeting these three criteria:

  • contain corn
  • manufactured in Oklahoma
  • expiration date on or before July 9, 2022

The recall of Sportmix High Energy dog food expanded to more than 1,000 lots. Midwestern Pet Foods initially recalled the product after tests indicated excessive levels of aflatoxin. Laboratory analysis and veterinary records reviews haven’t confirmed that all the pets died of aflatoxin poisoning. The FDA count is approximate and may not reflect the total number of pets affected. Midwestern Pet Foods is based in Evansville, Indiana, USA.

Sportmix High Energy dog food recall lists

The list of recalled dry pet food products announced by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. on December 30, 2020 is:

  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag
    • Exp 03/02/22/05/L2
    • Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
    • Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
  • Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag
    • Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50 lb. bag
    • Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44 lb. bag
    • Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag
    • Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
  • Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag
    • Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
    • Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

On January 11, 2021, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. expanded the recall to include all pet food products containing corn that were made in the firm’s Oklahoma plant and that expire on or before July 9, 2022. More than 1,000 lot codes are affected so they are not listed individually.

Lots of the following pet food products have been recalled:

If the date/lot code includes an expiration date on or before “07/09/22” and includes “05” in the date/lot code, which identifies products made in the Oklahoma plant:

  • 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

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”

FDA is currently conducting follow-up activities at the manufacturing facility.

Here is the Midwestern Pet Foods company press release.

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