MPF Statement (8/25/2021)
Regarding the FDA messaging that was recently in the news, Midwestern Pet Foods (MPF) has not announced an additional product recall. Rather, MPF conducted a voluntary recall in January 2021 upon the discovery of aflatoxin in certain products. The matter was limited to our Chickasha, Oklahoma Facility. In March 2021, our positive release program at the Monmouth, Illinois Facility identified a limited number of Salmonella positive test results. It’s worth noting that MPF had previously destroyed the products that tested positive prior to market release. It’s also worth noting that, to date, MPF has received no adverse event reports regarding this food. Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution and in full cooperation with FDA, MPF voluntarily recalled certain additional products.
MPF’s response has been swift and comprehensive. Specifically, MPF hired several of the country’s leading experts, conducted root-cause analyses, made extensive upgrades to our facilities, processes and procedures and reanalyzed and restated our Food Safety Plans. Additionally, we have enhanced environmental monitoring programs, making them extremely robust, updated employee training, made our testing systems far more vigorous and comprehensive as well as conducted third party on-site food safety audits, all to ensure product safety and compliance with FDA and the US Food Safety Modernization Act.
MPF is not aware of any food safety issues with respect to any products currently in its facilities or warehouses or that it has shipped to customers going back to the previously conducted recalls. MPF plans to file a timely, robust response to the FDA Letter.
As a fourth-generation family-owned company, Midwestern Pet Foods has been committed to ensuring that our products are safe and nutritious for nearly 100 years.