2 Sportmix dog food products from US recalled after high levels of toxin found

The move is part of a larger recall by Midwestern Pet Foods, which withdrew 20 of its products in the US on Jan 11, 2021. PHOTO: NPARKS

SINGAPORE - Two dog food products made by an American pet food company are being recalled after they were found to contain high levels of a toxin, said the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) on Friday (Jan 15).

The recalled products by Midwestern Pet Foods are "Sportmix Dog Maintenance Adult Mini Chunk" and "Sportmix Dog High Protein". All other Midwestern Pet Foods products are unaffected by this recall, said AVS.

The local importer, Pets' Station, initiated the withdrawal on Wednesday after AVS informed them of the high toxin levels.

The recall includes dry dog and cat food products containing corn that were produced in Midwestern Pet Foods' facility in Oklahoma, with an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022.

These products were found to have high levels of aflatoxin, which is produced by the mould Aspergillus flavus. The mould grows on corn and grains that are used as ingredients in pet food.

At high levels, the toxin can cause pets to become ill or die, and it can still be present even if there is no visible mould.

Signs of aflatoxin poisoning in a pet include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea.

The move is part of a larger recall by Midwestern Pet Foods, which withdrew 20 of its products in the United States on Monday.

A New York Times report on Wednesday found that more than 70 dogs had died and 80 others had fallen ill in the United States, likely from ingesting toxins in the recalled pet food.

The report added that Midwestern Pet Foods had first issued a voluntary recall in the US in late December after tests of certain products showed that aflatoxin exceeded acceptable levels.

At that time, at least 28 dogs had died and eight others had fallen ill after consuming the pet food.

In Singapore, however, the AVS said it has not received feedback about animals affected from consuming the recalled products here, but it advised pet owners with these products to stop feeding them to their pets.

Pet owners who purchased the affected products can contact Pets' Station at 63631121 for a refund.

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