WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Midwestern Pet Foods.
- The pet foods were previously found to contain high levels of aflatoxin and even Salmonella.
- Midwestern, which could face criminal charges, is given 15 days to respond.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning against Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. on Tuesday, arguing that the branded pet foods could be responsible for 130 pet deaths and 220 pet illnesses.
“Inspections of Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.’s manufacturing plants revealed evidence of violations, which were shared across multiple plants and were associated with the illness or death of hundreds of pets who had eaten the company’s dry dog food,” FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine Director Steven M. Solomon wrote in a statement.
The FDA said that four Midwestern plants were recently inspected in the wake of company recalls which “revealed evidence of significant violations” upon the conducted inspection.
In January, the company initially recalled Sportmix dry dog food following the FDA report that it has high levels of aflatoxin at 558 parts per billion. The set limit was only 20 parts per billion since high aflatoxins levels could lead to illness and even death.
Last March, the pet food company also recalled some of its brands such as CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian. According to the FDA, the recall happened after the product samples have tested positive for salmonella.
The agency ruled that “Midwestern’s food safety program appears inadequate to significantly minimize or prevent Salmonella in its pet food.”
The agency also noted that the figures could further increase since all the cases that were recorded were not validated if the cause of poisoning was from aflatoxin.
Midwestern did not respond amid several comment requests. The company has 15 days to address the warning letter or face lawsuit.
Source: NBC News