Salmonella in multiple Midwestern Pet Foods products

Midwestern Pet Foods is recalling a long list of dog and cat foods due to potential Salmonella contamination, according to a notice posted late yesterday on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

The recall, according to Midwestern, was initiated as a result of “a routine sampling program by the company which revealed that the finished products may contain the bacteria.”

The recall notice lists more than 140 individual items, with expiration dates spanning a nearly six-month period from April 26, 2022 to September 19, 2022.

Products included in the recall

  • Earthborn Holistic Adult Vantage
  • Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch
  • Earthborn Holistic Great Plains Feast
  • Earthborn Holistic Large Breed
  • Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast
  • Earthborn Holistic Ocean Fusion
  • Earthborn Holistic Primitive Feline
  • Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural
  • Earthborn Holistic Small Breed
  • Earthborn Holistic Weight Control
  • Earthborn Holistic Western Feast
  • Earthborn Holistic Wild Sea Catch
  • Meridian Daybreak
  • Meridian Riverbend
  • Meridian Twilight
  • Pro Pac Adult Chunk
  • Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk
  • Pro Pac Mature Adult
  • Pro Pac Performance Puppy
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Bayside Select
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Chicken & Rice
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Heartland Choice
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Lamb & Rice
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Large Breed Adult
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Large Breed Puppy
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Meadow Prime
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Overland Red
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Puppy
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Savannah Pride
  • Sportmix 24/20 Energy Plus
  • Sportmix Bite Size
  • Sportmix Canine X Chicken
  • Sportmix Gourmet Cat
  • Sportmix Hi Protein 27/12
  • Sportmix High Energy 26/18
  • Sportmix Maintenance 21/12
  • Sportmix Original Cat
  • Sportmix Stamina 24/18
  • Sportmix Wholeomes Large Breed
  • Sportmix Wholesome Performance Puppy
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Beef & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Cat
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Chicken & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Fish & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Grain Free Beef Meal & Chickpeas
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Grain Free Chicken Meal & Potato
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Grain Free Whitefish Meal & Potato
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Lamb & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Large Breed
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Performance Puppy
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Sensitive Lamb
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Sensitive Salmon
  • Sportstrail
  • Unrefined Lamb
  • Unrefined Rabbit
  • Unrefined Salmon
  • Venture Alaska Pollock Meal & Pumpkin
  • Venture Duck Meal & Pumpkin
  • Wholesomes Chicken &Rice
  • Wholesomes Fish & Rice

Please refer to the recall notice for a list of specific Lot codes/Expiration dates. Lot codes can be found on the back of the package, in the format “EXP AUG/02/22/M1/L#” in which the letter “M” indicates the Monmouth, Illinois, production facility.

The products were distributed to retailers nationwide and also were sold on-line.

There have been no reports of human or animal illnesses associated with the recalled products.

A backward glance

According to the FDA’s Inspection Classification database, this production facility was inspected on four separate occasions during 2008–2010. On each occasion, FDA inspectors observed sufficient deviations from correct practices to support a “Voluntary Actions Indicated” classification of the facility.

This recall represents the second major recall of Midwestern Pet Foods dry dog and cat foods in less than six months.

On December 30, 2020, the company announced a recall of six Sportmix products, manufactured in its Chickasha, Oklahoma, facility, due to excessive aflatoxin levels in the products. That recall was expanded on January 11, 2021, to include additional products and expiration dates.

What consumers should know

  • Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. 
  • Infected pets may shed Salmonella in their stools, whether or not they are showing symptoms of active illness.
  • Household members may come into contact with Salmonella through handling the contaminated pet food or by contact with their infected pet. Ensure that all household members pay careful attention to personal hygiene to avoid infection.
  • People infected with Salmonella may show symptoms including: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Contact your healthcare provider if you or any household member develops these symptoms.
  • You can report suspected illness to the FDA electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.


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