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Dog food recall expands: More than 70 dogs have died and 80 pets sick after eating Sportsmix pet food

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Dog food recall expands: More than 70 dogs have died and 80 pets sick after eating Sportsmix pet food

Kelly Tyko

Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. has expanded its recall of some of its products after reports that the food is linked to multiple dog deaths and may contain potentially unsafe levels of aflatoxin, a byproduct of mold.The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that it has been “aware of more than 70 dogs that have died and more than 80 that are sick after eating Sportmix pet food.”Aflatoxin is a toxin that can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food, according to the FDA. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets.The Evansville, Indiana, family-owned company said in a statement Wednesday that in its nearly 100 years it has never had a recall until recently.Upcoming merger?: Staples proposes buying rival Office Depot for $2.1 billion after past merger attempts were blockedDoggie Desserts: Ben & Jerry’s enters pet food business with a line of frozen dog treatsMidwestern Pet Foods first announced a voluntary recall on Dec. 30 and expanded it this week. The FDA said in December it was aware of 28 deaths and eight illnesses in dogs that ate the recalled product.”There have been reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs associated with certain lots of products. No human illnesses have been reported,” the company said in a recall notice. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have expanded this recall to cover all corn products containing pet foods with expiration dates prior to 07/09/22.”Pets experiencing aflatoxin poisoning may have the following symptoms:  sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (a yellowish tint to the skin, eyes or gums due to liver damage) and diarrhea.The expanded recall includes “additional corn-containing lot codes of Sportmix, Pro Pac Originals, Splash, Sportstrail, and Nunn Better dry dog and cat foods” that were produced in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant.The company says it has a call center with licensed veterinarians for consumers who have questions or concerns regarding their pet’s health. Call 800-474-4163, extension 455, or email for more information.Midwestern Pet Foods recall 2021The following are the recalled products and the lot codes are listed in a 23-page document posted at www.midwesternpetfoods.comPro Pac Adult Mini ChunkPro Pac Performance PuppySplash Fat Cat 32%Nunn Better MaintenanceSportstrail 50Sportmix Original Cat 15Sportmix Original Cat 31Sportmix Maintenance 44Sportmix Maintenance 50Sportmix High Protein 50Sportmix Energy Plus 44Sportmix Energy Plus 50Sportmix Stamina 44Sportmix Stamina 50Sportmix Bite Size 40Sportmix Bite Size 44Sportmix High Energy 44Sportmix High Energy 50Sportmix Premium Puppy 16.5Sportmix Premium Puppy 33Contributing: Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati EnquirerFollow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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