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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Dog Food Recall: Check Your Dates

Updated: February 8th, 2021


Sportmix brand pet foods have been recalled due to toxic levels of aflatoxins. So far 70 pets have died and at least 80 more are sick.

Potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins have been found in certain Sportmix pet foods. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Midwestern Pet Foods has just expanded their December 30, 2020 recall.

As of January 11, 2021, 70 pets have died and more than 80 pets are sick after eating Sportmix pet food. Not all of these cases are officially confirmed as being caused by aflatoxin through testing. Many more pets may have been affected without owners realizing it.

The FDA and Midwestern Pet Foods are continuing to investigate, and the cases and scope of the recall may expand as more information becomes available.

This recall is for toxic levels of aflatoxins.

A common mold called Aspergillus flavus can grow on corn and other grains. This mold produces toxins called aflatoxins. In high enough amounts, aflatoxins can cause death in pets, or make pets very ill.

Common symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include:

  • sluggishness
  • loss of appetite
  • vomiting
  • jaundice (look for a yellowish tint in the eyes and/or gums from liver damage)
  • diarrhea

In severe cases, this poisoning is fatal. If the pet survives, long-term liver damage may be present. And long-term liver damage may occur even if your dog doesn’t have any symptoms.

If you are feeding your dog Sportmix pet food, please immediately stop and call your veterinarian, especially if your dog has been feeling poorly. (But even pets who seem fine may have liver damage, so please call your veterinarian and get them evaluated.)


  • Tell your veterinarian that your pet has been eating the recalled food, and make sure to provide them with the lot number and expiration date.
  • Call the number on the bag to find out how to dispose of the food, and do NOT let any other animals eat it.
  • Sanitize your bowls, scoops, and storage containers with bleach, rinsing well and drying thoroughly. You do not want any aflatoxins on your belongings!

Your veterinarian will report your pet’s case to the FDA, and that is the best way to handle reporting. You can also report to them directly via their website.

As of this writing, many products are involved in the recall, so the best thing to do is to check the FDA’s advisory for the Sportmix brands, lot numbers, and expiration dates of recalled foods.

I sincerely hope your pets are doing OK, and PLEASE call your veterinarian if you’ve been feeding these foods, even if your pets seem fine!

Stay Safe,


Molly Jacobson
Editor, The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Further Reading

FDA Advisory for Sportmix Pet Food Recall 2020-2021

Aflatoxin Poisoning in Pets on FDA Website

Midwestern Pet Foods Company Announcement re: Voluntary Sportmix Recall


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