The FDA is alerting all pet owners about high levels of aflatoxin in some specific pet foods. 28 dogs have been reported dead and 8 others were made sick.
Sportmix products by Midwestern Pet Foods contain the high levels of aflatoxin. The products were voluntarily recalled. The FDA and the company continue to look into the issue.
Pets affected by aflatoxin can display the following symptoms: jaundice, sluggishness, loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting. Even if a pet who has consumed the aflatoxin may not show symptoms, pet owners should call their vet as it can cause long term liver damage.
The following dry pet foods have been flagged for recall:
Sportmix Energy Plus, 50-pound bag
- Exp 03/02/22/05/L2
- Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
- Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
Sportmix Energy Plus, 44-pound bag
Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50-pound bag
Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44-pound bag
Sportmix Original Cat, 31-pound bag
Sportmix Original Cat, 15-pound bag
- Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
- Exp 03/03/22/05/L3
The FDA has posted a recall notice for two dietary supplements. Fusion Health and Vitality LLC reported that all of its 2020 Core Essential Nutrients and Immune Boost Sublingual Vitamin D3 are subject to recall for different reasons.
Fusion Health and Vitality’s Core Essential Nutrients supplement, according to the company, contains an unapproved food additive called hordenine HCl. Hordenine HCl, as per the recall notice, might be unsafe when taken by mouth. It may have stimulant like side effects like rapid heart rate or high blood pressure.
Fusion Health and Vitality’s Immune Boost Sublingual Vitamin D3 is being recalled due to a labeling mistake. According to the recall the Immune Boost Sublingual Vitamin D3 supplement’s labels were found to have statements which caused them to not be approved by the FDA. No adverse reactions are known due to this issue.
“Fusion Health and Vitality is notifying its customers by email and is arranging for return of all recalled products,” the company said. “Consumers that have product which is being recalled should stop using it and return it to Fusion Health and Vitality for destruction.”
A new recall in September of 8,000 cases of Hearts of Romaine salad has consumers worried once again about bagged salad. I asked Jody Victor to tell us more about it.
A new recall in September of 8,000 cases of Hearts of Romaine salad has consumers worried once again about bagged salad. Listeria was the problem that forced this recall. Other top producers have since pulled their bagged lettuce off the shelves for evaluation. No illnesses have been tied to the voluntary recalls. Food safety experts get asked all the time- which is better, bagged lettuce or bulk?
Doug Powell, a professor of food safety at Kansas State University, says, ?We call it faith-based food safety.? He and other researchers in food science and technology say that while consuming any lettuce is a gamble, they place their bets on the bagged varieties. Even the crisp heads of lettuce from a farmer?s market can be unsafe as you do not know how long they have been sitting in water with soil still on them. They believe that the professionals do the best job of anyone cleaning the product, washing it thoroughly in chlorinated water. They also believe that the professionals have a big stake in safety and a bigger incentive to get it right.
Here are some steps you can take to ensure the safety of your bagged salads:
- Buy bagged salad as far away from its expiration date as possible.
- Choose bagged salad only from a very cold refrigerator in the grocery store.
- Wash your hands and sink before washing the bagged salad again at home.
- Place bagged greens in a clean colander and rinse thoroughly.
- Shake greens well in colander to drain and dry.
- If you are not going to use greens immediately, re-bag into a zippered plastic food bag or bowl with tight-fitting lid.
- Keep greens cold until serving.
All the Best,