GoLocalProv | New: Dog and cat food product missed
Thursday, December 31, 2020
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is warning pet owners that Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. is missing some Sportmix dog and cat food, due to the test excelatoxin levels exceeding the allowable limit.
CNN reports that food toxins have been linked to the deaths of 28 dogs and eight others have become ill.
The products were distributed nationally to online distributors and retail stores.
Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets.
Lot code information can be found on the back of the bag and will appear in the three line code, with the top line being “Format 03/03/22/05 / L # / B ### / HH: MM”. Many of the codes recalled are as follows:
50 # Sportmix Energy Plus Lots Exp 03/02/22/05 / L2, 03/02/22/05 / L3, 03/03/22/05 / L2
44 # Sportmix Energy Plus Lots 03/02/22/05 / L3
50 # Sportmix Premium High Energy Lotts 03/03/22/05 / L3
44 # Sportmix Premium High Energy Lots 03/03/22/05 / L3
31 # Sportmix Original Cat Lotts 03/03/22/05 / L3
15 # Sportmix Original Cat Lotts 03/03/22/05 / L2, 03/03/22/05 / L3
If your pet sees symptoms of allatoxin poisoning, including lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting jaundice (yellowing of eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage), and / or diarrhea, contact a veterinarian immediately. Provide a complete diet history to your vet. It can be helpful to take a picture of the pet food label, which includes a much larger number.
Pet owners should not feed recalled products to their pets or any other animal.
Contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800-474-4163, Ext. 455 am to 4 pm Central time, Friday to Friday, or by email [email protected] For additional information.
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