SportsMix Pet Food Recalled After More Than 70 Dogs Die
Veterinarians across the country are joining with the Food and Drug Administration to warn pet parents about the recall of a popular brand of dog and cat food from Midwestern Pet Foods.
According to the FDA announcement on their website, multiple samples of pet food made by Midwestern Pet Foods at their Chichasha, Oklahoma facility tested positive for dangerously high levels of aflatoxin.
Dr. Jeff Werber is the Chief Veterniary Officer of Airvet. He said that aflatoxin poisoning is extremely serious, and can be deadly. If pet parents see their pet experiencing symtpoms that could possibly stem from their Sportmax food, Dr. Werber advises they seek veterinarian help out immediately.
The recall came after reports that over 70 dogs had died and more than 80 were reportedly sick after eating the food. No human deaths have been reported thus far.
The recalled products include all of the following brands with :
- Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk
- Pro Pac Performance Puppy
- Splash Fat Cat 32%
- Nunn Better Maintenance
- Sportstrail 50
- Sportmix Original Cat 15
- Sportmix Original Cat 31
- Sportmix Maintenance 44
- Sportmix Maintenance 50
- Sportmix High Protein 50
- Sportmix Energy Plus 44
- Sportmix Energy Plus 50
- Sportmix Stamina 44
- Sportmix Stamina 50
- Sportmix Bite Size 40
- Sportmix Bite Size 44
- Sportmix High Energy 44
- Sportmix High Energy 50
- Sportmix Premium Puppy 16.5
- Sportmix Premium Puppy 33
The products recalled cover all that expire on or before July 9, 2022, depicted as “07/09/22” in the date code on the product, as discussed below. Products with expiration dates after 07/09/22 are not included in the recall.
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”.
As explained above, this recall covers ONLY products manufactured at Midwestern Pet Food’s Chickasha, Oklahoma facility. The unique Chickasha Facility identifier is located in the date code as a “05” and “REG. OK‐PFO‐0005” at the end of the date code.
Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning in dogs include sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea.
Midwestern Foods says that pet parents should not feed the recalled products to their pets or any other animals. They also suggest pet parents who may have the recalled items destroy the food in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access the food.
For any additional information related to the recall, pet parents and customers are urged to contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800‐474‐4163, ext. 455 from 7AM to 4PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at [email protected] for additional information.
The first recall was originally posted to the FDA’s website on December 30.