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No new Midwestern Pet Foods recall despite headlines

Part of the confusion may have resulted from the wording of the FDA press release about the warning letter.
News media outlets reported on FDA’s warning letter to Midwestern Pet Foods. However, much of the coverage framed the warning letter as related to a concurrent recall.
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FDA warns Midwestern Pet Foods over aflatoxin, Salmonella

As of August 9, the FDA is aware of more than 130 pet deaths and more than 220 pet illnesses that may be linked to eating brands of pet food manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods.
As of August 9, the FDA is aware of more than 130 pet deaths and more than 220 pet illnesses that may be linked to eating brands of pet food manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods.
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Lawsuit over aflatoxin in recalled Sportsmix dog food

The lawsuit follows numerous dog deaths associated with consuming Sportsmix dog food.
The lawsuit alleges that Midwestern Pet Food should have been aware of dangerous aflatoxin levels in Sportsmix dog food that the plaintiff fed her seven dogs, six adults and one puppy.
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Mars sues Simmons over dog food label similarities

Mars Petcare filed a lawsuit alleging that Simmons Pet Food’s Signature brands copied the packaging of Pedigree dog food, which the Mars stated is the best-selling brand by revenues in the United States in 2020.
Mars believes that Simmons infringed on Pedigree’s trade dress by using the same label colors and design elements.
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CBD pet products may face more FDA warnings, lawsuits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the process of issuing a draft enforcement policy on cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD). That draft is currently at the White House for review.
Depending on how that policy ends up, FDA could issue more warning letters to pet product companies using CBD in their formulations.
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Lawsuit over Champion Petfood wild-caught trout claims

Animal Equity claims Champion sources their rainbow trout from Idaho, where large-scale aquaculture farms produce much of that fish species.
Animal Equity, filed a lawsuit against Champion Petfood alleging false advertising of several brands of Acana pet food made with rainbow trout.
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