Dry dog and cat food recalled after 28 dogs die

(WWJ) Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. is recalling some dry pet food linked to the deaths of 28 dogs.

The FDA says multiple samples of Sportmix pet food products from the Indiana-based company were found to contain very high levels of aflatoxin, which is produced by mold and can cause illness and death.

Pets poisoned by aflatoxin poisoning may have symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice and diarrhea. In some cases, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms.

The affected products include Sportmix Energy Plus and Sportmix Premium High Energy for dogs, as well as Sportmix Original cat food. The products were sold nationwide.

pet food recalled after dogs die
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Pet owners are urged not feed the recalled products to their pets or any other animals. Destroy the products in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them, and wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups and storage containers.

Recalled lot codes 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 Lots 03/03/22/05/L3
- 44# Sportmix Premium High Energy Lots 03/03/22/05/L3
- 31# Sportmix Original Cat Lots 03/03/22/05/L3
- 15# Sportmix Original Cat Lots 03/03/22/05/L2, 03/03/22/05/L3

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 seen in this photo:

code for recalled pet food
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The FDA says its investigation is still ongoing, and it is possible the number of cases linked to this recalled food may expand.

Customers with questions can contact the company at 800-474-4163, ext. 455