Dog deaths prompt pet food recall for Aflatoxin poisoning

Dog deaths prompt pet food recall for Aflatoxin poisoning”

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is issuing a warning to consumers to not purchase or let their dogs or cats consume certain lot codes and types of Sportmix brand dog and cat foods due to high levels of aflatoxin found in the products during testing.

This mold can grow on corn and other grains used in pet foods.

"Although this pet food recall is still unfolding, we are sharing the facts we have so far because the levels of aflatoxin found in the recalled pet food are potentially fatal, said Amber McCoig, D.V.M., M.P.H., deputy director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Division of Compliance".

A pet food recall involving several lots of dog and cat food has been linked to almost 30 deaths of dogs, according to the FDA.

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The impacted varieties were from the Sportmix Energy Plus, Premium High Energy and Original Cat lines.

At high levels, the toxin can cause illness and death.

The products were distributed to online retailers and stores nationwide, the FDA said. If your pet has symptoms, contact your vet immediately. "Even pets without symptoms may have suffered liver damage, so you may want to contact your veterinarian if your dog has eaten any of the recalled products while providing a full diet history to your veterinarian". Meanwhile, the federal agency has advised the pet owners to stop feeding their pets those products which have been recalled. "However, pet owners should always wash their hands after handling any pet food". In the organization's recall, they wrote that their investigation is ongoing and that as more information is available, they will update their post.

Aflatoxin is produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, the FDA says.

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