On January 11, 2021, the ongoing recall of Sportmix pet foods was expanded to include all products that contain corn and were made in the Midwestern Pet Foods Oklahoma manufacturing plant. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating certain Sportmix products that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins. As of Jan 11, the FDA is aware of more than 70 pets that have died and more than 80 pets that are sick after eating Sportmix pet food.

"Aflatoxin poisoning in pets is a serious health concern. Pet owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if their pet is showing signs of illness," said Dr. John Buchweitz, section chief of the MSU VDL Toxicology Section. "Veterinarians can help the FDA investigation by reporting suspected cases through the FDA portal."

For more information:

FDA Alert – includes signs of aflatoxin poisoning in pets, information for pet owners and veterinarians, details on how to report suspected illness or pet food complaint, and more

Advisory from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development