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  • The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to Midwestern Pet Foods.
  • The brand’s pet foods may be linked to more than 130 pet deaths and 220 pet illnesses.
  • Subsequent site inspections of the brand’s facilities by the FDA “found evidence of significant violations.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to Midwestern Pet Foods, stating its foods may be linked to more than 130 pet deaths.

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The warning comes after the brand voluntarily recalled a number of its pet food products in January due to the FDA finding high levels of aflatoxins, which can cause illnesses and even death. Midwestern Pet Foods added additional products to its recall list in March after Salmonella contaminations were discovered.

Subsequent site inspections of the brand’s facilities by the FDA “found evidence of significant violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals regulation.”


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"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," Steven M. Solomon, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in a press release.

The FDA has been informed of more than 130 pet deaths and 220 pet illnesses as of Aug. 9, though these numbers are approximations.

Midwestern Pet Foods hasn’t responded at this time.


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Published on Aug 18, 2021