Pet Food Maker Expands Recall After More Than 70 Dogs Die, FDA Says
Fox Business Midwestern Pet Foods expanded its recall of certain pet food products due to potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin after more than 70 dogs have died and 80 were sickened from consuming the product, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in an updated notice on Monday.
The company is now recalling all pet food products containing corn that were manufactured in the company’s Oklahoma manufacturing plant and have an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022. This includes 19 products that “may still be on store shelves, online, or in pet owners’ homes,” according to the FDA.
Aflatoxin is a mold byproduct that has the ability to grow on corn and other grains, which are commonly used as ingredients in pet food. At very high levels, “aflatoxins can cause illness and death in pets,” the FDA said.
Midwestern initially issued a recall of nine different lots of Sportmix dry cat and dog food last month after the Missouri Department of Agriculture discovered “very high levels” of the toxin in multiple samples at the company’s Oklahoma plant.