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FDA Issues Important Warning to Maker of 12 Dog Food Brands

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Image:  KWTV Channel 9 Oklahoma City

August 17, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a formal warning to Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., maker of 12 pet food brands and sub-brands, after inspections of manufacturing plants revealed serious violations.

The FDA claims conditions at the firm’s facilities likely contributed to the illness or death of hundreds of dogs and cats.

What Caused the FDA’s Action?

According to the FDA…

“Analysis of these subsequent samples found that additional SPORTMiX branded products, spanning multiple products and lot codes, contained aflatoxin at levels as high as 558 ppb. FDA considers that aflatoxin levels in dog and cat food above 20 ppb will support a charge of adulteration… because of the reasonable possibility that a regular diet of such food will be fatal or injurious to the health of the pet. Therefore, these pet food products manufactured in your OK facility are adulterated in that they bear or contain a poisonous or deleterious substance which renders them injurious to health.”

Editor — Aflatoxin levels were nearly 28 times the safe upper limit of 20 parts per billion (ppb) established by the FDA.

More Safety Violations

The FDA’s official warning to Midwestern Pet Foods contained multiple instances of critical safety violations… too many to detail in this short article.

So, for greater detail…

Be sure to read the official FDA Warning letter issued to Midwestern Pet Foods.

Midwestern Pet Foods Brands

The following is a list of brands and sub-brands known to be manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods.

And any one of them (at any time) can be suddenly affected by changes to these FDA findings:

  • CanineX
  • Earthborn Holistic
  • Meridian
  • Nunn Better
  • Pro Pac
  • Pro Pac Ultimates
  • Splash
  • Sportmix
  • Sportmix Wholesomes
  • Sportstrail
  • Unrefined
  • Venture

Midwestern Pet Foods Recall History

The following list includes all dog food recalls since 2016 related to Midwestern Pet Foods.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

What to Do?

As of this date…

No additional recalls related to this FDA warning have been reported.


Please keep in mind just how unpredictable a dangerous and deadly dog food recall can be.


Before purchasing ANY dog food, be sure to check The Dog Food Advisor’s Best Dog Foods pages.

That’s because anytime we determine a particular manufacturer has become a high risk, repeat offender

Their products are immediately removed from our Best Dog Foods page.

Our Very Best Advice

Since there’s no such thing as a perfect dog food

And because built-in flaws tend to be magnified when the same food is fed endlessly… day after day for a lifetime.

You may wish to consider diet rotation when feeding your pet.

Most importantly…

Stay informed.

Keep in mind…

We can update you the moment we become aware of any further recall events related to this or ANY similar event.

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Key information

Date of warning:

August 17, 2021

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