RECALL: Chantix Anti-Smoking Drug contains Carcinogens

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Pfizer Inc announced on September 16, 2021 that it was recalling all lots of its anti-smoking treatment, Chantix*, because it contains high levels of cancer-causing agents called ‘nitrosamines’.

If you are taking this drug consult with your healthcare provider.

*Chantix was approved by the FDA in May 2006 as a prescription medication to help adults aged 18 and over quit smoking and is typically used for 12 to 24 weeks.

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Aflatoxin… Avoiding the Deadliest Natural Toxin in Dog Food

Aflatoxin is a deadly natural poison that can cause serious illness or death in dogs

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Aflatoxin can cause life-threatening illness in dogs

Aflatoxin is one of the most dangerous natural poisons known to food scientists. And many times, it can be found in some of the most popular dog foods on the market.

Recently…

Aflatoxin has led to the tragic death of hundreds of dogs… and has caused an increasing number of life-threatening dog food recalls.

Animal feed corn with mold

What Is Aflatoxin?

Aflatoxin is a potent ‘natural’ poison that’s produced by a common type of food mold known as Aspergillus flavus.

But it’s NOT the mold you need to worry about.

It’s aflatoxin… the deadly poison produced by that mold… that can cause liver failure, cancer and death… in dogs.

Which Ingredients Contain Aflatoxin?

In nature…

Aspergillus mold is a gray-green, fuzzy-looking substance that can be found growing on the surface of cereal grains.

Grains like wheat, millet, sorghum, and rice.

However, since 2009…

Corn has been the most common source of aflatoxin in every poison-related dog food recall.

Here’s what corn contaminated with Aspergillus mold looks like: Aspergillus mold on corn and producing aflatoxin

What’s worse…

Much of the corn rejected for use in human food… like so many other inferior ingredients… frequently finds its way into commercial pet food.

What Makes Aflatoxin So Dangerous?

Contaminated corn in storage bin

Compared to almost any other dog food contaminant, aflatoxin has the potential to be FAR more dangerous.

That’s because…

Aflatoxin is invisible. So, you can’t see it… not even with a high-power microscope.

Yet it can still be present… even when there’s no visible sign of mold on the surface of the food.

What’s more…

Unlike Salmonella and other disease-causing bacteria

Aflatoxin is a poisonous chemical.

Which means… it’s NOT alive.

So You Can’t Kill It

And you can’t cook it out of a dog food, either.

In fact…

Aflatoxin is so resistant to heat

It even survives the germ-killing process of pasteurization… a process required by law when making canned dog foods.

Or the high heat methods used for making dry dog food.

Which is why, after cooking, the deadly poison can still be found inside an unopened can of wet dog food…

Or a sealed bag of dry kibble. Corn contaminated with mold during storage

How Toxic Is Aflatoxin?

Compared to other natural poisons…

Aflatoxin has the highest toxicity of all mold toxins.1   And for this reason, it’s one of the leading causes of liver failure and liver cancer in dogs.2

What’s worse…

There’s no known anti-toxin to neutralize it. So, once aflatoxin enters a dog’s body… there’s no way to remove it.

Two Ways Aflatoxin Can Kill Your Dog

Dogs are highly susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning.

That’s because unlike humans, who eat a varied diet

Dogs tend to eat the same food… meal after meal… day after day… for a lifetime.

Which is why there are 2 ways aflatoxin can kill a dog.

  1. Acute poisoning
  2. Chronic poisoning

Acute Poisoning

Dogs exposed to higher doses of aflatoxin can experience sudden and severe reactions to the poison.

Acute reactions like these can progress so quickly that a dog can die before ever receiving treatment.

These are the cases you hear about the most… and they represent the leading cause of aflatoxin-related recall events.

Chronic Poisoning

In contrast…

Dogs exposed to lower, non-lethal doses of aflatoxin over a longer period of time may survive.

But chronic, long term exposure to smaller doses can be just as deadly.

That’s because…

Tiny, invisible amounts of poison can accumulate in the body… over time… and can ultimately cause liver cancer later in your dog’s life.3

Which is what makes chronic poisoning so much more dangerous.

The Bottom Line

Chronic, long-term exposure to tiny, undetectable amounts of aflatoxin in your pet’s food has the potential to cause serious damage to the future health of your dog.

How to Protect Your Dog from Aflatoxin

On this page…

You’ve learned about aflatoxin and why it’s so dangerous. Here are 3 things you can do right now to protect your dog from this deadly poison.

  1. Become aware of recalls early. So you can take action… before smaller doses of aflatoxin can accumulate in your dog’s body. Click here to get free lifesaving dog food recall alerts by email as soon as they happen.
  2. Don’t rely on grain-based dog foods alone. Keep in mind, aflatoxin is only rarely found in grain-free recipes. Instead, consider diet rotation to diversify your pet’s menu.
  3. Mold toxins can be hidden in any dog food. To lower the risk, avoid brands with troubled recall histories… especially those known for being repeat offenders when it comes to aflatoxin or other matters of product safety. Repeat offenders are removed from each of The Dog Food Advisor’s “best” lists as soon as they’re discovered. So, visit one of the many Editor’s Choice categories from our Best Dog Food page for some exceptional selections.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/canine-nutrition/aflatoxin/

FDA Issues Important Warning to Maker of 12 Dog Food Brands

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August 17, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a formal warning to Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., maker of 12 pet food brands and sub-brands, after inspections of manufacturing plants revealed serious violations.

The FDA claims conditions at the firm’s facilities likely contributed to the illness or death of hundreds of dogs and cats.

What Caused the FDA’s Action?

According to the FDA…

“Analysis of these subsequent samples found that additional SPORTMiX branded products, spanning multiple products and lot codes, contained aflatoxin at levels as high as 558 ppb. FDA considers that aflatoxin levels in dog and cat food above 20 ppb will support a charge of adulteration… because of the reasonable possibility that a regular diet of such food will be fatal or injurious to the health of the pet. Therefore, these pet food products manufactured in your OK facility are adulterated in that they bear or contain a poisonous or deleterious substance which renders them injurious to health.”

Editor — Aflatoxin levels were nearly 28 times the safe upper limit of 20 parts per billion (ppb) established by the FDA.

More Safety Violations

The FDA’s official warning to Midwestern Pet Foods contained multiple instances of critical safety violations… too many to detail in this short article.

So, for greater detail…

Be sure to read the official FDA Warning letter issued to Midwestern Pet Foods.

Midwestern Pet Foods Brands

The following is a list of brands and sub-brands known to be manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods.

And any one of them (at any time) can be suddenly affected by changes to these FDA findings:

  • CanineX
  • Earthborn Holistic
  • Meridian
  • Nunn Better
  • Pro Pac
  • Pro Pac Ultimates
  • Splash
  • Sportmix
  • Sportmix Wholesomes
  • Sportstrail
  • Unrefined
  • Venture

Midwestern Pet Foods Recall History

The following list includes all dog food recalls since 2016 related to Midwestern Pet Foods.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

What to Do?

As of this date…

No additional recalls related to this FDA warning have been reported.

However…

Please keep in mind just how unpredictable a dangerous and deadly dog food recall can be.

So…

Before purchasing ANY dog food, be sure to check The Dog Food Advisor’s Best Dog Foods pages.

That’s because anytime we determine a particular manufacturer has become a high risk, repeat offender

Their products are immediately removed from our Best Dog Foods page.

Our Very Best Advice

Since there’s no such thing as a perfect dog food

And because built-in flaws tend to be magnified when the same food is fed endlessly… day after day for a lifetime.

You may wish to consider diet rotation when feeding your pet.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/midwestern-pet-foods-warning/

Top Quality Dog Food Recall of August 2021

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Top Quality Dog Food Beef HVM Package

August 26, 2021 — Top Quality Dog Food of Hyattsville, MD is recalling one batch of its “Beef HVM” product due to possible contamination with Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

The following product is affected by this recall.

  • Beef HVM recipe
    1-pound packages
    Lot Number 071521

About Salmonella and Listeria

Salmonella, Listeria, can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, vulnerable or elderly people, and others with compromised immune systems.

Healthy people may suffer short-term symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiffness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Listeria monocytogenes infections pose a serious threat to pregnant woman, as it can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths.

Listeria monocytogenes infections are uncommon in pets, but they are possible.

Symptoms may include mild to severe diarrhea; anorexia; fever; nervous, muscular, and respiratory signs; abortion; depression; shock; and death.

Healthy people should monitor themselves and their pets for symptoms.

Where Was the Product Sold?

The recalled “Beef HVM” was distributed in DC, MD, VA, DE, PA, MA, CT, and SC and product was distributed through mail order and direct delivery from 7/27/21 to 8/2/21.

The “Beef HVM” comes in a 1-pound package marked with lot #071521 on the bottom right corner of the label.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the “Beef HVM” 1-pound packages in question.

What Caused the Recall?

The contamination was noted after a state surveillance sample revealed the presence of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, in some 1-pound packages of Beef HVM.

The remaining “Beef HVM” batch in our possession has been quarantined and we have discontinued the distribution of this batch while FDA and our company continue their investigation as to the source of the contamination.

What to Do?

Based on its records, the High Quality claims it has already contacted those who have received this lot number.

In addition, the company encourages all customers who received this product to dispose of any unused product immediately.

If you find the “Beef HVM” 1-pound package with lot number 071521 in your possession, you’re invited to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

You can contact the Top Quality Dog Food company at 240-802-6601, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET.

You can also write to customerservice@topqualitydogfood.com

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/top-quality/

Hostess Is Recalling Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns Due to Possible Contamination

The products may be contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella. By Sarra Sedghi August 19, 2021

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shared a recall on certain hamburger and hot dog buns created by Hostess Brands, LLC due to the potential presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The impacted products were manufactured by Best Harvest Bakeries, a Hostess co-manufacturer. At the moment, Hostess has received no reports of illness related to the issue from consumers.

The affected products, Hostess Soft White Hamburger Buns and Hostess Soft White Hot Dog Buns, have respective UPCs of 888109110987 and 888109110970. The affected hamburger buns have best-by dates ranging from August 13, 2021 to October 4, 2021 and the affected hot dog buns have best-by dates ranging from August 13, 2021 to September 30, 2021. For more information including batch numbers, check the FDA’s announcement.

Credit: Hostess

Both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, frail and elderly people, and immunocompromised people. Salmonella infection symptoms include fever and gastric issues such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and vomiting. In rare cases, Salmonella can enter the bloodstream and cause a more severe illness.

Listeria infection symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness and gastric issues such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, and the organism can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant people. If you are experiencing severe symptoms of either illness, contact a medical professional.

No other Hostess products are affected by this recall, the FDA says. If you’ve purchased the affected products, dispose of them or return to the place of purchase for a refund.

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Six Dog Food Brands Recalled Due to Dangerous Mold Toxin

Animal feed corn with mold

Corn mold producing dangerous aflatoxin

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July 29, 2021 — Sunshine Mills is recalling six dog food brands due to dangerous levels of aflatoxin.

Aflatoxin is a potentially deadly toxin produced by Aspergillus mold (typically found on corn)… and which can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant amounts.

What’s Recalled?

Sunshine Mills Dog Food Recall Batch Info July 2021

To date, no illnesses have been reported in association with the related products. No other Sunshine Mills pet foods are affected by this announcement.

Sold Nationwide

The affected products were distributed in retail stores nationally.

Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves.

There are no other Triumph®, Evolve®, Wild Harvest®, Nurture Farms®, Pure Being®, or Elm products or other lot codes of these products affected by this recall.

Message from the Company

“While no adverse health effects related to these products have been reported, Sunshine Mills, Inc. has chosen to issue a voluntary recall of the above-referenced products as a precautionary measure in furtherance of its commitment to the safety and quality of its products.”

What to Do?

Pets that have consumed any of the above recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled dog food should discontinue use of the product… and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service at 800-705-2111 from 7 am to 4 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday.

Or by email at [email protected] for additional information.

This is a voluntary recall being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/sunshine-mills-july-2021/

Toxic cat food fear as UK vets struggle with mysterious illness

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Rob Davies

Cats are still dying in significant numbers from a mystery illness that investigators believe may be linked to widely sold cat food brands, prompting concern that not enough is being done to warn owners about a nationwide product recall.

Vets around the UK are understood to have been swamped by cases of pancytopenia, a condition in which the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets decreases rapidly, causing serious illness.

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) said this week it was aware of at least 528 cases in cats over the past few months, of which 63.5% have proved fatal. The true number of deaths could be far higher, it said, because many cases are not reported to vets and only a small percentage of vets pass data on to the RVC.

Certain batches of Sainsbury’s hypoallergenic cat foods, Applaws and AVA (a Pets at Home brand) were recalled by their manufacturer, Fold Hill Foods, in mid-June, prompting an investigation by the RVC and the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The RVC and FSA are yet to confirm the cause of the spate of deaths, more than six weeks after initially raising the alarm. The length of the investigation is said to be causing frustration among cat food suppliers. Both organisations have said they are looking into all possibilities, including those not associated with food.

One cat owner, whose pet died on Tuesday, warned that too few people were aware of the recall and could unwittingly be feeding their cat products that could kill them.

Steven Barrett, a commercial barrister from High Wycombe, said his nine-year-old cat, Freyja, a ragdoll, died on Tuesday after five days of illness.

Barrett said Freya had only ever eaten Applaws and had finished the last of a 7.5kg bag of its dry chicken food shortly before she began vomiting.

He said he had heard nothing about the product recall until he tried to buy more food online and saw it wasn’t available, prompting him to look into why.

“My heart went through the floor,” he said. “She was a member of our little family, which is how we treated her. I just wanted her to have the best food.”

The cat was not allowed outside where she could have been exposed to other toxins, he added.

When Barrett phoned his usual vet he was unable to get an appointment because the clinic had been overwhelmed with similar cases.

“When the receptionist heard the name of the cat food she just told me to get an emergency appointment at another vet. I took her yesterday and she was dead by the end of the day,” he said.

“My worry is that a lot of cat owners bulk buy dry food and this is a massive recall, so there could be toxin in bags of dried food that will be opened and given to cats and more cats will die.”

Although the RVC and FSA investigations are ongoing, a statement on the RVC website referred to the possibility that the illness could be caused by mycotoxins, which are toxic compounds naturally produced by various fungi.

Mycotoxins can grow on crops before or after harvest and appear on foodstuffs including cereals, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apple juice and coffee, often under warm and humid conditions.

All of the brands that have been recalled are dry foods manufactured by Fold Hill Foods, part of the Lincolnshire-based farming business JW Grant.

A spokesperson for Fold Hill said: “As stated by the FSA, there is no definitive evidence to confirm a link at this stage between the cat food products and feline pancytopenia.

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“We continue to fully cooperate with both the FSA and the RVC as they continue to investigate all potential causes of the pancytopenia cases, feed and non-feed related.

“As cat owners ourselves, we fully understand how upsetting and stressful this situation is and the urgent need to establish why there has been an increase in cases of pancytopenia in the UK.”

Sainsbury’s said it was assisting with an investigation involving two of its hypoallergenic cat foods and was offering full refunds, while Pets at Home said it had recalled AVA and Applaws products and was assisting investigators. Applaws said it was “heartbroken” at the suggestion that any food it sold could be linked to cat deaths, adding that it was helping with the inquiry.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/aug/05/toxic-cat-food-fear-as-vets-struggle-with-mysterious-illness

Simply Nourish Dog Food Recall | Dog Food Advisor

Simply Nourish Cooked Frozen Dog Food Recall

Simply Nourish Recalls 8 Products

August 13, 2021 — Wet Noses Natural Dog Treat Company of Monroe, Washington, is recalling approximately 51,000 packages of Simply Nourish frozen dog food due to it elevated levels of Vitamin D.

What’s Being Recalled?

Recalled products are marketed in 2-pound and 4.5-pound packages across specific “Best By” dates.

A full list of affected products is included below:

Simply Nourish Dog Food Recall Batch Info

Affected Simply Nourish frozen food products were distributed at select PetSmart stores nationwide.

No illnesses have been reported to date. No other products have been affected.

About Vitamin D Toxicity in Dogs

Dogs ingesting elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss.

Vitamin D when consumed at very high levels or over a long period of time can lead to serious health issues in dogs… including kidney failure and death.

Consumers who have dogs that have consumed any of the products listed above and are exhibiting these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian.

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was initiated after a routine nutrition test confirmed elevated Vitamin D levels on certain Simply Nourish frozen food products.

Subsequent investigation indicates the problem arose as a result of the vitamin mix dosage being significantly reduced by the vitamin mix manufacturer, and this change was not detected or properly communicated.

As a result, the dosage was not reduced.

Company Message

We care deeply about our customers and their pets, and have put corrective actions into place to ensure this issue does not reoccur.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

What to Do?

Consumers should immediately stop feeding the above products to their dogs.

Consumers who have purchased Simply Nourish Frozen Food are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-938-6673 Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm PST.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/simply-nourish/

Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

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WASHINGTON, July 3, 2021 – Tyson Foods Inc., a Dexter, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,492,832 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen, fully cooked chicken products were produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021. The products that are subject to recall are listed here. View the labels here.       

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and Department of Defense locations.                             

On June 9, 2021, FSIS was notified of two persons ill with listeriosis. Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners, FSIS determined there is evidence linking the Listeria monocytogenes illnesses to precooked chicken produced at Tyson Foods Inc. The epidemiologic investigation identified three listeriosis illnesses, including one death, between April 6, 2021 and June 5, 2021. During routine sample collection, FSIS collected two precooked chicken samples from two establishments that are closely related genetically to Listeria monocytogenes from ill people. One of the samples was collected at Tyson Foods Inc. FSIS is continuing to work with federal and state public health partners to determine if there are additional illnesses linked to these products.

Additional information on the investigation may be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumer and institutional freezers. Consumers should not eat these products. Institutions should not serve these products. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Members of the media who have questions regarding the recall can contact Derek Burleson, Communications Manager, Tyson Foods, at (479) 290-6466 or  derek.burleson@tyson.com. Consumers who have questions can contact Tyson Foods customer relations, at (855) 382-3101.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls-alerts/tyson-foods-inc.-recalls-ready-eat-chicken-products-due-possible-listeria

Freshpet Dog Food Recall

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June 13, 2021 — Freshpet Inc. of Secaucus, New Jersey, is recalling a single lot of Freshpet Dog Food due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

The following defective dog food is being recalled:

  • Freshpet Select Small Dog Bite Size Beef and Egg Recipe
  • Package size: 1 pound bags
  • Sell by date: 10/30/2021

Sell by date, along with UPC code and lot code, can be found on the bottom and back of each bag. Product images are posted below.

No other Freshpet products or lot codes are impacted by this recall.

What Caused the Recall?

Workers at Freshpet discovered a single lot of dog food that was contaminated with Salmonella bacteria… and had designated it for destruction.

However, the contaminated product was accidentally shipped to retailers in limited geographic markets between June 7 to June 10, 2021.

Where Was the Product Sold?

The recalled products may have been sold at: Publix in Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. It was also distributed at limited Target locations in Arizona and Southern California.

Most of the product was intercepted at retailer distribution warehouses and not delivered to retail stores.

According to the company, “Freshpet has received no reports of illness, injury, or adverse reaction to date, and has issued this recall because of our deep commitment to the safety of our pet parents and their dogs.”

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Dogs with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some dogs will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your dog has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

If pet parents have products matching the description above, they should stop feeding it to their dogs and dispose of it immediately.

Consumers are asked to call the company if you have any of the recalled product in your possession.

You may also use the following link to request a refund: https://freshpet.co/ssdb21.

Pet parents who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions should call 1-866-789-3737, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 9 pm ET and Saturday through Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm ET… or visit www.freshpet.com.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/freshpet-june-2021/

Fold Hill Foods recall several cat food products because of safety concerns

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Fold Hill Foods is taking the precautionary action of recalling several hypoallergenic cat food products because of safety concerns.

Product details

Applaws Cat Dry Chicken Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Salmon Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 AVA Adult Fish Pack size 2kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Adult Mature Chicken 7+ Pack size 2kg and 4kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Senior Chicken 12+ Pack size 2kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Sensitive Skin & Stomach Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Weight Management Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Hairball Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Oral Care Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA British Shorthair Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Persian Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Maine Coon Pack size 1.5kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes Applaws Kitten Dry Chicken Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 by Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe complete dry cat food with Salmon 1+ Years Pack size 800g Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes by Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe complete dry cat food with Chicken 1+ Years Pack size 800g Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Lamb Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Duck Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 Applaws Cat Dry Ocean Fish Pack size 350g, 1.8kg and 6kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 Applaws Cat Dry Senior Chicken Pack size 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg Batch code NA Best before December 2022 to June 2023 AVA Kitten Chicken Pack size 300g and 2kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes AVA Adult Chicken Pack size 300g, 2kg and 4kg Batch code All batch codes Best before All date codes

Risk statement

There is concern on the safety of the products listed above. There has been an increase in cases of pancytopenia in cats and there is a possible link to the cat food products listed above. Pancytopenia is a very rare condition wherein the number of blood cells (red, white and platelets) rapidly decreases, causing serious illness.

Action taken by the company

Fold Hill Foods is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notices.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought any of the above products you should stop feeding them to your cat. If you have bought an AVA product contact http://www.petsathome.com and fill out the contact form on the help page or livechat. If you have bought an Applaws product contact http://www.applaws.com/uk/contact-us. If you have bought a Sainsbury’s product contact http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/help or their Customer Careline on 0800 636262. If cat owners are concerned about the health of their pet then they should seek immediate advice from their vet.

About product recalls and withdrawals

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product). The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a ‘Food Alert for Action’ is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

Ref: FSA-PRIN-36-2021

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Sunshine Mills Recalls Multiple Dog Food Brands | Dog Food Advisor

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June 2, 2021 — Sunshine Mills, Inc. is voluntarily recalling multiple dog food products due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

The following products were distributed online and in retail stores. The “best by” date and related lot codes can be found on the back of each package.

Sunshine Mills Recall June 2021 Affected Products Table

No other Sportsman’s Pride, Sprout, Intimidator, or FRM Gold Select products or other lot codes of these products are affected by this recall.

According to the company, no illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported to date.

Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves.

What Caused the Recall?

The potential for contamination was noted after the firm was notified by the distributor, Fleet Wholesale Supply Company.

The distributor was informed by Minnesota Department of Agriculture when a 5-pound sample of Sprout Sporting Dog Food was collected.

The specimen tested positive for Salmonella during routine surveillance.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed a recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discontinue use and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service at (800) 705-2111 from 7 am to 4 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at customer.service@sunshinemills.com for additional information.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/sunshine-mills-june-2021/

Popular Dog Treats Removed from Stores | Dog Food Advisor

Zukes Mini Naturals Dog Treats Package

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April 30, 2021 — Zuke’s has voluntarily removed its popular Zuke’s Mini Naturals Dog Treats from retail stores due to “a potential quality issue”.

In an online letter to customers, the company states this is “not a recall” and that the cause is “not a food safety issue”.

Dog Food Advisor has requested and is awaiting a company response. We’ll update this page as soon as more information is available.

Company Response

In response to our request for more information, Zuke’s replied:

“At this time, we are proactively and voluntarily removing our Zuke’s Mini Naturals products from sale due to a quality issue.

“Zuke’s is a natural product, which uses a natural preservation system. We have identified a product quality issue during recent production with instances where the natural preservation system may not be working as effective as it should. While not a food safety issue, we are proactively and voluntarily removing Zuke’s Mini Naturals from sale because we want pet parents to continue to have the best experience with our products.

“Since this step is being taken due to a quality issue, we are not asking pet parents to return the product. If you are not completely satisfied with your Zuke’s purchase, we are always happy to issue a refund. Please reach out to our Pet Parent Relations team here.”

Which Products Have Been Removed?

The following dog treats are affected by the company’s action.

Zukes Mini Naturals Dog Treats Affected by Withdrawal

What to Do?

For more information, consumers may contact Zuke’s Customer Service.

Zuke’s has asked pet food retailers to immediately remove all affected products from sale.

And to “promptly dispose of all Zuke’s Mini Naturals products in a safe and lawful manner that ensures the product does not re-enter the marketplace”.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/zukes-mini-naturals-dog-treats/

CPSC Warns Consumers: Stop Using the Peloton Tread+ | CPSC.gov

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CPSC Warns Consumers: Stop Using the Peloton Tread+

93 Release date: April 17, 2021 Release number: 21-113

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Peloton Interactive, Inc’s Tread+ Treadmill

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Urgent Warning Comes After Agency Finds One Death and Dozens of Incidents of Children Being Sucked Beneath the Tread+ (Formerly Known as the Tread)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers about the danger of popular Peloton Tread+ exercise machine after multiple incidents of small children and a pet being injured beneath the machines. The Commission has found that the public health and safety requires this notice to warn the public quickly of the hazard.

The urgent warning comes less than a month after Peloton itself released news of a child’s death by a Peloton Tread+ and CPSC’s announcement of an investigation into that incident.

The agency is continuing to investigate all known incidents of injury or death related to the Peloton Tread+.

To date, CPSC is aware of 39 incidents including one death. CPSC staff believes the Peloton Tread+ poses serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death. In light of multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller of the product, CPSC urges consumers with children at home to stop using the product immediately. This video demonstrates the hazard to children posed by the Tread+. [Warning, video content may be disturbing to some viewers.]It is believed that at least one incident occurred while a parent was running on the treadmill, suggesting that the hazard cannot be avoided simply by locking the device when not in use. Reports of a pet and objects being sucked beneath the Tread+ also suggest possible harm to the user if the user loses balance as a result.

What should consumers do now?

  • Stop using the Peloton Tread+ if there are small children or pets at home. Incidents suggest that children may be seriously injured while the Tread+ is being used by an adult, not just when a child has unsupervised access to the machine.
  • If consumers must continue to use the product, CPSC urges consumers to use the product only in a locked room, to prevent access to children and pets while the treadmill is in use. Keep all objects, including exercise balls and other equipment, away from the treadmill.
  • When not in use, unplug the Tread+ and store the safety key away from the device and out of reach of children.
  • Report any Peloton Tread+ incidents to CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov or to CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772.

Tread+ treadmills are sold directly to consumers via retail showrooms, and online at http://www.onepeloton.com.

Model No. TR-01 was called “Tread” from August 2018 to September 2020, when it was renamed “Tread+”.

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Under section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act, CPSC is required to include with this press release any comments or other information or a summary thereof. Accordingly, here is a summary of the company’s statement.

“The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s unilateral press release about the Peloton Tread+ treadmill is inaccurate and misleading. The Tread+ is safe for Members to use in their homes and comes with safety instructions and warnings to ensure its safe use. Like all motorized exercise equipment, the Tread+ can pose hazards if the warnings and safety instructions are not followed. The Tread+ is not for children under 16. Peloton warns Members not to let children use the Tread+ and to keep children, pets, and objects away from the Tread+ at all times. Any owner of a treadmill – whether made by Peloton or not – should follow these warnings, as they are included in the applicable safety standards, which the Peloton Tread+ meets.”About the U.S. CPSC

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

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To date, 39 incidences including one death…The CPSC is warning consumers about the dangers of the popular Peloton Tread+exercise machine, multiple incidences of small children and pets being injured beneath the machines.

Midwestern Pet Foods Recalls Multiple Dog & Cat Food Brands

March 27, 2021 — Midwestern Pet Foods of Evansville, Indiana is recalling multiple brands of dog and cat food because they have the potential to be contaminated with disease-causing Salmonella bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

Recalled products include specific lots of CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian produced at its production facility in Monmouth, Illinois.

Midwestern Pet Foods Brands Recalled

Recalled Dog and Cat Food with Lot Numbers

Midwestern Pet Foods March 2021 Recall Lot Numbers

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

No human or pet illnesses have been reported to date.

Where Were the Products Sold?

Products were distributed to retail store nationwide and to online retailers.

Lot code information may be found on the back of the bags with the following format:
“EXP AUG/02/22/M1/L#”

Midwestern Pet Food Recall Example of Lot Number Markings

This recall covers only certain products manufactured at Midwestern Pet Foods Monmouth, Illinois facility.

The unique Monmouth Facility identifier is located in the date code as an “M”.

What Caused the Recall?

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the company which revealed that the finished products may contain the bacteria.

What to Do?

Retailers and distributors should immediately pull recalled lots from their inventory and shelves.

Do not sell or donate the recalled products.

Retailers are encouraged to contact consumers that have purchased the recalled products if the means to do so exists.

Do not feed the recalled products to pets or any other animals.

Destroy the food in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them.

Wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups and storage containers.

Always ensure you wash and sanitize your hands after handling recalled food or any utensils that come in contact with recalled food.

For more information, contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at info@midwesternpetfoods.com. Or call 800-474-4163, ext 455, from 8 AM to 5 PM CT, Monday through Friday.

This voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration. All other Midwestern Pet Foods products are unaffected by this recall.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/midwestern-pet-foods-dog-cat-food/

Bravo Packing Recalls Performance Dog Pet Food

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March 3, 2021 — Bravo Packing, Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ, is recalling all Ground Beef and Performance Dog, a frozen raw pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

Performance Dog and Ground Beef both come frozen in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic sleeves with the following labels (provided by the company).

About Salmonella and Listeria

Salmonella can cause illness in animals eating the products, as well as people who handle contaminated pet products… especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products, infected animals or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, server headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis (an infection of the heart muscle), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.

People who have these symptoms after having contact with this product or an animal that has eaten this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Pets exposed to contaminated food can be infected without showing symptoms.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Infected animals including those without symptoms, can also shed Salmonella through their feces and saliva, spreading pathogens into the home environment and to humans and other animals in the household.

No human or animal illnesses have been reported to date.

About This Recall

Bravo Packing, Inc. is voluntarily recalling the products after samples of Performance Dog and a sample of Ground Beef were collected during an FDA inspection, tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

Where Were the Products Sold?

Performance Dog generally works with the distributor located in Brooklyn, New York, that fills orders to brick-and-mortar retail stores or to consumers directly nationwide.

What to Do?

If you have an Ground Beef or Performance Dog, please throw it away.

Consumers with questions should contact Bravo Packing, Inc. at 856-299-1044 (Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-2:00PM, EST).

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/performance-dog-recall-2021/

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Ice Cream Recall 2021: Weis Markets Recalls Over 11,000 Ice Cream Containers

Be sure to check the freezer if you might have Weis ice cream.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shared a recall from Weis Markets, recalling more than 11,000 containers of ice cream. The frozen treats may be contaminated with “extraneous material, specifically metal filling equipment parts,” which is not a traditional ice cream topping.

The company has recalled 10,869 containers of Weis Quality Cookies and Cream Ice Cream in 48-ounce containers, as well as 502 bulk units of Klein’s Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream in three-gallon containers. The ice cream may be contaminated with foreign matter which is, obviously, a choking hazard. 

MORE: A Dog & Cat Food Recall Has Expanded After More Than 70 Dogs Die

The recall notice says there has been one report of someone finding an “intact piece of metal equipment” in their ice cream. There is concern that more containers may have been contaminated as well. 

The ice cream was sold at 197 Weis Markets stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and West Virginia. The vanilla bulk ice cream packages are not available for retail sale, so you probably don’t have that sitting in your fridge. For the average shopper, there’s just the single product that you want to look out for. The Cookies and Cream ice cream has a sell-by date of October 28, 2021, which can be found near the bottom of the container. 

MORE: Blueberry Yogurts Are Being Recalled Over Potential Mold Contamination

Two other types of ice cream were packaged on the same date, but the announcement says all units were stored in a warehouse and never distributed. Be sure to return that package for a refund if you’ve got it in the freezer. You can also call Weis Markets’ customer service line with questions.

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Deadly Dog and Cat Food Recall Expands: More Brands, Over 1000 Lots

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January 11, 2021 — The FDA is alerting consumers that Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. is expanding its recent recall to include over 1000 lots of Sportmix and 2 other brands of dog and cat food because they contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.

As of this date, FDA is aware of more than 70 deaths and 80 illnesses in pets that have eaten the affected products.

This is an ongoing investigation. This count is approximate and may not reflect the total number of pets affected.

What’s Recalled?

On December 30, 2020, Midwestern Pet Foods announced a recall of nine total lots of Sportmix pet food products.

  • 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, the company expanded its 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 1000 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”

Sportmix Aflatoxin Recall Package Information

About Aflatoxin

Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus and at high levels it can cause illness and death in pets.

The toxin can be present even if there is no visible mold.

Pets are highly susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning because, unlike people, who eat a varied diet, pets generally eat the same food continuously over extended periods of time.

If a pet’s food contains aflatoxin, the toxin could accumulate in the pet’s system as they continue to eat the same food.

Pets with aflatoxin poisoning may experience symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea.

In some cases, this toxicity can cause long-term liver issues and/or death.

Some pets suffer liver damage without showing any symptoms.

Pet owners whose pets have been eating the recalled products should contact their veterinarians, especially if they are showing signs of illness.

There is no evidence to suggest that pet owners who handle products containing aflatoxin are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning.

However, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling pet food.

What to Do?

Affected products may still be on store shelves, online, or in pet owners’ homes.

Pet owners should stop feeding their pets the recalled products listed above and consult their veterinarian, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness.

The pet owner should remove the food and make sure no other animals have access to the recalled product.

Contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800-474-4163, ext. 455 from 7 am to 4 pm CT, Monday through Friday, or by email at info@midwesternpetfoods.com for additional information.

Further information regarding this recall can be found in the related FDA Bulletin.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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