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Sportmix dog food recall expanded after over 70 dogs die, says FDA

Veterinarians and pet owners are being cautioned about the recalled Sportmix dog food now associated with the death of over 70 dogs and illnesses of about 80 others.

While the US FDA probes into the possible serious level of aflatoxins, the Midwestern Pet Food has decided to expand the recall of cat and dog food that are sold by the retailers countrywide.

The Evansville-based Midwestern is widening an earlier recall for including all the pet foods produced in the firm’s Oklahoma facility that contain corn and have an expiry date before or on 9 July, 2022.

In December, the company recalled only a few lots of Sportmix pet food post the death of around 28 dogs and illnesses of 8 others. A few product samples were tested by Missouri Agriculture Department and discovered high level of aflatoxins, the toxins produced by a mold that could result in illness and death in pets, as per the FDA.

These toxins could be present in the product even if there’s no visible fungus or mold, cautioned the agency.

Notably, the pets suffering from aflatoxin poisoning might have symptoms like appetite loss, sluggishness, jaundice, diarrhea and vomiting. The pets could also face liver damage sans showing symptoms.

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