FDA Says Recalled Pet Food May Be Linked to 130 Dog Deaths
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned a pet food company that its dry dog foods may have led to the deaths or injuries of 130 dogs and that it may have caused additional illnesses in 220 animals.
F.D.A. According to F.D.A. officials, they began investigating Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. of Evansville. In December, Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. voluntarily recalled twenty products that were suspected of being linked to the deaths in 28 dogs. After tests of certain products proved that aflatoxin was produced by mold, the agency increased the recall.
Steven Solomon, the director for the F.D.A. Center for Veterinary Medicine stated in a Statement that inspections of company manufacturing plants had “revealed proof of violations” that were “associated mit the illness and death of hundreds pets who had ingested dry dog food.”
F.D.A. said that it was aware of more than 130 pet deaths and more than 220 pet illnesses as of Aug. 9 that may be linked to the consumption of Midwestern Pet Foods products. However, not all of these cases are confirmed to be aflatoxin poisoning. The agency added that this number “may not reflect total pets affected.”
F.D.A. says that symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, and yellowing of the eyes, gums, and skin. As stated by the F.D.A.
Midwestern Pet Foods declined to comment immediately upon being contacted. A statement the company issued after expanding its voluntary recall on January stated that, “as a fourth generation family-owned business,” it had “been committed for almost 100 years to ensuring our products are safe.
The company has an recall list on their website. Midwestern Pet Foods makes and distributes cat and dog food in Oklahoma at its plant. After samples from its Illinois plant tested positive for salmonella in March, the company recall several brands of pet food. said.
Midwestern’s Oklahoma facility was the first to be inspected by F.D.A. After receiving reports of illnesses or deaths in dogs who had eaten Sportsmix brand dry food, they were asked to inspect it.
The agency later inspected three of the company’s plants in New York, Illinois and Indiana. The inspections revealed “apparent violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act”, which is meant to protect pet food, and conditions that “likely contributed towards the illness or death to hundreds of dogs,” according to the F.D.A. The F.D.A. said.
F.D.A. said Midwestern Pet Foods had not taken the necessary steps to address the conditions that led to the recalls. The agency said that it found the company’s food safety programs to be “inadequate,” and that the voluntary recalls, while necessary, did not “prevent the reoccurrence of a hazard in your pet food.”
Inspections showed that the F.D.A. was satisfied with the food safety protocols that the company had presented. The company did not “significantly minimize” or prevent high levels of salmonella and aflatoxin in its food.
The F.D.A.’s letter, dated Aug. 9, gave Midwestern 15 days to produce a written response detailing the steps it was taking to correct the violations. The agency stated that failure to address the issues that led to recalls could result in legal action including product seizure or injunction.