The FDA issued a corporate-wide warning letter to Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. because the FDA investigation revealed that their manufacturing plants violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Acts, which were shared across multiple plants. The violations were associated with the illness or death of hundreds of pets who had eaten the company’s dry dog food. Samples of dog food were found to contain high levels of aflatoxin. They must implement a robust hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls program. The initial inspection of Midwestern’s Chickasha, Oklahoma plant was triggered by reports of illness or death in dogs that had eaten SPORTMiX brand dry dog food manufactured by Midwestern. Samples of SPORTMiX were later found to contain aflatoxin levels as high as 558 parts per billion (ppb). The FDA considers pet food to be adulterated if it contains more than 20 ppb of aflatoxin. In January, the company voluntarily recalled these products and all corn-containing pet foods manufactured at its Chickasha plant. Midwestern recalled pet food manufactured at its Monmouth, Illinois plant after samples tested positive for Salmonella in March. The FDA found that Midwestern’s food safety program appears inadequate to minimize or prevent Salmonella in its pet food significantly. As of August 9, the FDA is aware of more than 130 pet deaths and more than 220 pet illnesses linked to eating brands of pet food manufactured by Midwestern. Not all of these cases have been confirmed as aflatoxin poisoning through laboratory testing or veterinary record review. The FDA has requested a written response from the company within 15 working days stating the specific steps to correct any violations.@ https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-brief-fda-issues-corporate-wide-warning-letter-company-associated-contaminated-pet-food-hundreds?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FDA Issues a Corporate-Wide Warning Letter to Midwestern Pet Foods due to its contaminated pet food
FDA In Brief: FDA Issues a Corporate-Wide Warning Letter to Company Associated with Contaminated Pet Food, Hundreds of Adverse Events
The FDA has issued a corporate-wide warning letter to Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.