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These Recalled Dog Food Brands Have Already Caused 70 Deaths

These products contain a toxic form of mold that sometimes comes with no symptoms.

Updated 8:55 AM 1/13/2021:

A pet food brand sold online and in stores across the country that originally recalled two types of dog food and one type of cat food due to mold contamination has now expanded the recall to include even more brands. An updated release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that 70 dogs have now died because of the recalled food, and more than 80 pets have become ill from it.

The 50 lb. and 44 lb. bags of Sportmix Energy Plus and Sportmix Premium High Energy, and the 31 lb. and 15 lb. bags of Sportmix Original Cat foods from Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. were tested by the Missouri Department of Agriculture after the FDA was alerted about the possible contamination. The pet food was found to have levels of mold grown on corn that is used in the pet food's ingredients called Aspergillus flavus. This dangerous toxin can be present even if there is no visible mold. (Keep yourself safe right now with The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)

"Pets with aflatoxin poisoning may experience symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea," the FDA says. "In some cases, this toxicity can cause long-term liver issues and/or death. Some pets suffer liver damage without showing any symptoms."

The FDA says there is no evidence that says humans are at risk of becoming ill. Washing your hands after handling pet food is highly encouraged, though. For the full list of lot codes involved, visit the FDA's website here.

If you have the recalled pet food in your home, throw it away somewhere it isn't easily accessible. Clean and sanitize any bowls, scoops, and storage containers with bleach followed by water. If you suspect your pet may be at risk, even if they are not showing any symptoms, contact a veterinarian.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda