World News – USA – PET OWNERS: Pet food recall linked to 28 dog deaths – KLKN-TV


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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A pet food recall that every owner needs to be aware of as it caused at least 28 deaths and 8 illnesses in dogs that ingested the recalled food. The focus is on certain sports-mix pet food packages available from online retailers and some local locations in eastern Nebraska.

What’s the problem?
On the 30th. December 2020, Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. . required to recall certain quantities of Sports Mix pet food products after FDA was notified of reports of at least 28 dead and eight sick dogs after consuming the recalled Sports Mix pet food. Several product samples were tested by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and found very high levels of aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the Aspergillus flavus mold that, in high concentrations, can cause disease and death in pets. The toxin can be present even if no mold is visible.

Which products are involved?
On the 30th. December 2020, Midwest Pet Food, Inc. . undertakes to recall a total of nine lots of Sportmix pet food products. The FDA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture are working with the company to determine if additional products have been made with the same ingredients that contain potentially lethal levels of aflatoxin. As new information becomes available, this product list may be expanded further.

The list of Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. . on the 30th. December 2020 is:

The lot code information is located on the back of the bag and is displayed in a three line code, with the top line displayed in the format

What are the symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning in pets?
Pets are very susceptible to aflatoxin poisoning because, unlike people who have a varied diet, pets generally eat the same food continuously for extended periods of time. If a pet’s food contains aflatoxin, the toxin can build up in the pet’s system if they continue to eat the same food.

Pets with aflatoxin poisoning may experience symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage) and / or diarrhea. In some cases, this toxicity can cause long-term liver problems and / or death. Some pets experience liver damage without showing symptoms. Pet owners whose pets have eaten the recalled products should contact their veterinarian, especially if they show signs of illness.

There is no evidence that pet owners handling aflatoxin-containing products are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning. However, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling pet food.

What do pet owners have to do?
If your pet has symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning, see a veterinarian right away. Even pets with no symptoms can have liver damage. So, if your dog has eaten any of the recalled products, contact your veterinarian. Provide your veterinarian with a full diet history. It can be helpful to take a photo of the pet food label including the batch number.

Do not feed the recalled products to your pets or other animals. Contact the company listed on the package for further instructions, or throw the products away from children, pets, and wildlife. Disinfect pet food bowls, scoops, and food storage containers with bleach, then rinse them well with water and dry them thoroughly.

There is no evidence that pet owners handling aflatoxin-containing products are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning. However, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling pet food.

You can electronically report suspected disease to the FDA through the safety reporting portal or by calling the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators in your state. It is most helpful to be able to work with your veterinarian to include your pet’s medical records as part of your report. For an explanation of the information and level of detail that would be helpful in filing a complaint with the FDA, see Reporting a Complaint About Pet Food. You can also send an email to AskCVM @ fda. hhs. government.

The information in this press release reflects the FDA’s best efforts to communicate what it has learned from the manufacturer and the parties involved in the investigation.

Pet Food, Product Recall, Canine, Food & Drug Administration, Dog Food

World News – USA – PET OWNERS: Pet Food Recall Linked to 28 Dog Deaths – KLKN-TV


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