Category Archives: Mycotoxin

USA – Washington State juice maker shut down by federal judge for toxins

Food Safety News

At the  FDA’s request, a federal court in Washington State has shutdown a 51-year-old juice maker who was annually supplying 2.9 million apple juice servings to USDA’s national school lunch program.

FDA found juice products at Valley Processing at 108 Blaine Ave in Sunnyside, WA, with inorganic arsenic and patulin, both toxins that pose a health risk to consumers.

Judge Stanley A Bastian on Jan. 14 approved a Consent Decree for Permanent Injunction against Valley Processing, closing the company that employed 71 people in Washington’s Yakima Valley.

RASFF – Aflatoxins – Almonds – Dried Figs – Organic Pistachios Kernels – Groundnut Kernels

European Food Alerts


aflatoxins (B1 = 10; Tot. = 23 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from the United States in Spain


aflatoxins (B1 = 15.6; Tot. = 22 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Denmark


aflatoxins (B1 = 110; Tot. = 120 µg/kg – ppb) in organic pistachio kernels from Turkey in the Netherlands


aflatoxins (B1 = 30; Tot. = 33 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF Alert -Ochratoxin A – Dried Figs

European Food Alerts


ochratoxin A (131 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Germany

Spain – Mycotoxin update on the Hazard Map


In the Hazard Map database, we have updated all the sheets corresponding to the mycotoxins of the chemical hazards block:

  • Aflatoxins
  • Ochratoxins
  • Zearalenone
  • Deoxynivalenol
  • Fumonisins
  • Trichothecenes T-2 and HT2
  • Patulin

Mycotoxins are products of fungal metabolism and their ingestion, inhalation or skin absorption can cause disease or death in animals and people. The most important mycotoxins are produced by molds of the genera Aspergillus , Penicillium and Fusarium .

Among the most common mycotoxins are aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, patulin, fumonisins, zearanelone, deoxynivalenol, and T-2 and HT-2 toxins.

USA – Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Expands Recall of Pet Food for Aflatoxin Health Risk


Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., of Evansville, IN is expanding its December 30, 2020 voluntary recall of certain dog and cat food products produced in our Chickasha Operations Facility to include all dog and cat pet food products made with corn products because those products may contain aflatoxin levels which exceed acceptable limits. Products were distributed nationally to online distributors and retail stores nationwide. Midwestern Pet Foods is expanding its voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution to help protect the health and safety of pets. The products recalled cover all that expire on or before July 9, 2022, depicted as “07/09/22” in the date code on the product, as discussed below. Products with expiration dates after 07/09/22 are not included in the recall.

Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets.

There have been reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs associated with certain lots of products. No human illnesses have been reported. Out of an abundance of caution, we have expanded this recall to cover all corn products containing pet foods with expiration dates prior to 07/09/22.

If your pet shows signs of aflatoxin poisoning including sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes, gums, or skin due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea, contact a veterinarian immediately. Provide a full diet history to your veterinarian. It may be helpful to take a picture of the pet food label, including the lot number and best buy date.

Lot code information may be found on the back of bag and will appear in a three‐line code, with the top line in format “EXP 03/03/22/05/L#/B###/HH:MM”.

As explained above, this recall covers ONLY product manufactured at Midwestern Pet Food’s Chickasha, Oklahoma facility. Note that the unique Chickasha Facility identifier is located in the date code as a
“05” and “REG. OK‐PFO‐0005” at the end of the date code.

In addition, the only Midwestern Pet Foods facility that produces product bearing a three‐line date code is our Chickasha Facility (See first image below).

Retailers and distributors should immediately pull recalled lots from their inventory and shelves. Do not sell or donate the recalled products. Retailers are encouraged to contact consumers who have purchased the recalled products, if you have the means to do so (frequent buyer cards, etc.).

Pet parents: do not feed the recalled products to your pets or any other animals. Destroy the food in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them. Wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups, and storage containers. Always ensure you wash and sanitize hands after handling recalled food or any utensils which have contacted recalled food. Contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800‐474‐4163, ext. 455 from 7AM to 4PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at for additional information.

This voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All other Midwestern Pet Foods products are unaffected by this recall action.

Recalled products are as follows, with lot codes found in Expanded Recall Lot Numbers:

  • Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk
  • Pro Pac Performance Puppy
  • Splash Fat Cat 32%
  • Nunn Better Maintenance
  • Sportstrail 50
  • Sportmix Original Cat 15
  • Sportmix Original Cat 31
  • Sportmix Maintenance 44
  • Sportmix Maintenance 50
  • Sportmix High Protein 50
  • Sportmix Energy Plus 44
  • Sportmix Energy Plus 50
  • Sportmix Stamina 44
  • Sportmix Stamina 50
  • Sportmix Bite Size 40
  • Sportmix Bite Size 44
  • Sportmix High Energy 44
  • Sportmix High Energy 50
  • Sportmix Premium Puppy 16.5
  • Sportmix Premium Puppy 33

Original Press Release

Company Contact Information

Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs
 800‐474‐4163, ext. 455

France – Product recall: Carrefour brand basmati rice 1kg bag – Ochratoxin A


Product recall: Carrefour brand basmati rice 1kg bag


Presence of ochratoxin A.


Do not consume and return to the point of sale for reimbursement

Ochratoxin A is a mycotoxin produced by several microscopic fungi (genera Penicillium and Aspergillus) and is naturally present in many plant products around the world, such as grains, coffee beans, cocoa and dried fruits.
Only a large quantity of contaminated products can lead to health problems.


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▸ Consumer service contact
For any additional information, you can contact the Carrefour consumer service by dialing N ° Cristal 09 69 39 7000 – non-surcharged call from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm.

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USA – FDA Alert: Certain Lots of Sportmix Pet Food Recalled for Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin – 70 Dog Deaths


As of January 11, FDA has been made aware of more than 70 dogs that have died and more than 80 that are sick after eating Sportmix pet food. Not all of these cases have been officially confirmed as aflatoxin poisoning through laboratory testing or veterinary record review. 

Fast Facts

  • FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about certain Sportmix pet food products (see list below) manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. in their Oklahoma plant that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins. 
  • As of January 11, 2021, FDA is aware of more than 70 pets that have died and more than 80 pets that are sick after eating Sportmix pet food. Not all of these cases have been officially confirmed as aflatoxin poisoning through laboratory testing or veterinary record review. This count is approximate and may not reflect the total number of pets affected.
  • This is an ongoing investigation. Case counts and the scope of this recall may expand as new information becomes available.
  • Aflatoxins are toxins produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxins can cause illness and death in pets.
  • Pets experiencing aflatoxin poisoning may have symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes or gums due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea. In severe cases, this toxicity can be fatal. In some cases, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms.
  • Pet owners should stop feeding their pets the recalled products listed below and consult their veterinarian, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness.  The pet owner should remove the food and make sure no other animals have access to the recalled product.
  • FDA is asking veterinarians who suspect aflatoxin poisoning in their patients to report the cases through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Pet owners can also report suspected cases to the FDA.

What is the Problem?

On December 30, 2020, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. announced a recall of certain lots of Sportmix pet food products after FDA was alerted about reports of at least 28 dogs that died and eight that were ill after consuming the recalled Sportmix pet food. Multiple product samples were tested by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and found to contain very high levels of aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are toxins produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus and, at high levels, can cause illness and death in pets. The toxins can be present even if there is no visible mold.

Iceland – Mould in pasta


Matvælastofnun warns consumers about two types of La Pasta di Alessandra pasta: Tortellini con ripieno di carne and Tortellini con ripieno di formaggio, due to mold. The company Aðföng, which imports pasta, has stopped selling and recalled the products.

The recall only applies to the following batches:

  • Brand: La Pasta di Alessandra
  • Product name: Tortellini with cornstarch
  • Best before date: 16-10-2021
  • Bar code: 8001195333005
  • Net amount: 1000 g
  • Producer: Nuovo Pastificio Italiano Srl
  • Country of manufacture: Italy
  • Brand: La Pasta di Alessandra
  • Vöruheiti: Tortellini con ripieno di formaggio
  • Best before date: 16-10-2021
  • Bar code: 8001195333029
  • Net amount: 1000 g
  • Producer: Nuovo Pastificio Italiano Srl
  • Country of manufacture: Italy
  • Distribution: In Bónus’ stores

Recalled pasta

Customers who have purchased the products are advised not to consume them and dispose of them, but they can also be returned to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Further information can be obtained from Aðfang’s quality manager by phone 530 5600 or via the email address gaedastjori at

Denmark – Ochratoxin A in licorice root powder


Midsona Danmark A / S is recalling licorice root powder. An excessive content of the fungal poison Ochratoxin A. has been found.

Recalled Foods , Published: January 8, 2021

What food:
Urtekram Licorice root
Best before date: 09.23.2022
EAN: 5765228750483

Sold to:
supermarket, Bilka, Kvickly, SuperBrugsen, Meny, Spar, My Grocery, ABC low, LetKøb, Løvbjerg, Super Land, Liva Stormarked, Strynø Købmand, Magasin Kgs. Nytorv, Søstrene Grene, Helsam, Med24 and various online health food stores.

Company recalling:
Midsona Danmark A / S

An analysis has shown an excessive content of Ochratoxin A in the product. Ochratoxin A is a fungal toxin that is formed due to fungal growth in the product.

As the level of ochratoxin A is above the limit, it can pose a health risk.

Advice for consumers: The Danish
Veterinary and Food Administration advises consumers to deliver the product back to the store where it was purchased or to discard it.

Belgium – Watermelon Seeds, Roasted & Salted – Aflatoxin – Ochratoxin A


Following a notification via the RASFF system (European Food and Feed rapid alert system), the AFSCA withdraws from sale and recalls the following product to consumers: watermelon seeds “watermelon seeds, roasted & salted” of the brand Ciloglu due to a too high content of aflatoxin B1 and ochratoxin A.

The AFSCA asks not to consume this product and to bring it back to the point of sale where it was purchased.

Product Description:

• Product Category: Watermelon Seeds
• Product Name: watermelon seeds, roasted & salted
• Brand: Ciloglu
• Date of Minimum Durability (DDM)
: 09/28/2021
• Lot: NTX591477 • Weight: 200g

Ce product was sold through several points of sale in Belgium.

For any further information , you can contact the AFSCA contact point for consumers: 0800 / 13.550 or .