Your dog can’t verbalize how they feel, which means the only way you know that they’re sick is by observing physical symptoms. But when it comes to poisoning from tainted food, beyond having to clean up after a few messes, there’s always a risk your dog will develop long-term issues—or that you won’t know anything is wrong until it’s too late.
Midwestern Pet Foods came under fire in January of this year after recall of six of its dry dog kibble mixes suspected to contain a poisonous carcinogen called aflatoxin. At the time, the Food and Drug Administration suspected the tainted food was responsible for the deaths of more than 70 dogs and illness in around 80 others.
Another recall went out in March for 10 varieties of cat and dog food believed to be contaminated with salmonella. Now, the FDA has issued a warning that Midwestern Pet Foods has shown “significant violations” of food safety rules that may have led to more than 130 dogs’ deaths and sickened 220 more.
Bottom line: Definitely get rid of any affected Midwestern Pet Foods products right this minute. And given growing evidence of its poor safety practices, you may want to avoid this company’s pet foods altogether in the future too.
What brands does Midwestern Pet Foods include?
Midwestern sells dog food under the following brand names:
- Earthborn Holistic
- Pro Pac
- Nuun Better
Look for any products containing the above names, including hybrids like Sportmix Wholesomes.
Which Midwestern Pet Foods brands have been recalled?
The March Salmonella recall applied to CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix, and Meridian brands with the lot code “EXP AUG/02/22/M1/L# (you’ll find this on the back of the food bag). These foods were manufactured at the company’s Monmouth, Ill. plant.
The January recall applied to all corn-based products produced at the Chickasha Operations Facility in Oklahoma that expire on or before July 2, 2022. That’s a lot of pet food. The lot code for this recall is “EXP03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”.
Note that the FDA findings were published after inspections at four plants, meaning the issue could be even bigger than the current recalls suggest. Throw away that pet food (dispose of it in a way that wildlife won’t get into it) and wash and sanitize everything it has touched. Your dog will thank you.