Agriculture Compliance

Feed, Fertilizer, Lime, Seed Inspection, 
Stockyards, Brands, and Certificates of Free Sale

 
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EXPANDED FDA Alert: Certain Lots of Sportmix Pet Food Recalled for Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin

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.

On January 11, 2021, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. expanded the recall to include all pet foods containing corn and manufactured in the company’s Oklahoma plant, and having an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022. 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. This count is approximate and may not reflect the total number of pets affected. Reports submitted only to the pet food manufacturer are not shared with FDA and are not a part of this count. FDA continues to work with veterinarians and state partners to follow up on suspected cases of aflatoxin poisoning.

FDA is issuing this advisory to notify the public about the potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins in Midwestern pet food products that may still be on store shelves, online, or in pet owners’ homes.

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Animal Food Facility Registration and Qualified Facility Attestation FAQs

The biennial food facility registration renewal period is open until December 31, 2020. This is the time for:

  1. Animal food facilities to renew their food facility registration
  2. Animal food facilities that are qualified facilities to resubmit their qualified facility attestation.

If you are the owner, operator, or agent in charge of either a domestic or foreign facility that is engaged in manufacturing/processing, packing, or holding of food for human or animal consumption in the United States, you must register your food facility with FDA, unless you are exempt under 21 CFR 1.226 from the requirement to register. And each registered food facility must renew their registration every two years.

During the biennial food facility registration period, this is also the window to re-submit your attestation if your facility meets the definition in 21 CFR 507.3 to be considered a qualified facility.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Food Facility Registration, registration renewal, and submitting a qualified facility attestation.

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Agriculture Compliance


Agriculture Compliance is responsible for many areas of agriculture.  

We inspect and enforce laws pertaining to feed, seed, fertilizer and agricultural lime as well as conducting yearly BSE Inspections at feed manufacturing facilities.

We issue permits to seed dealers and processors.

Agricultural Compliance is responsible for Stockyards and Brands registration and licensing/permitting of bonded livestock markets, livestock dealers, issuing livestock hauler trailer tags and livestock brands.

We also issue Certificates of Free Sale to Alabama companies in order for them to ship their products around the world. 


 

Effective January 1, 2017, stricter federal rules regulate how medically important antibioticsmedications that are important for treating human diseasecan be administered to animals in feed and drinking water.

Among the provisions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires veterinary oversight whenever such antibiotics are administered to any food animal species via feed or water, even if the animals are not intended for food production. From pet rabbits and pigs, to backyard poultry, to large livestock farms, the same restrictions apply. 

All medically important antibiotics to be used in feed or water for food animal species require a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) or a prescription.
 

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

U.S. Food & Drug Administration Veterinary Feed Directive Page



FDA Recall Page


03/27/2021  
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk



03/03/2021    Ridley Block Operations Voluntarily Recalls Three Batches of Crystalyx® Sheep-lyxTM

 


 01/12/2021  
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Expands Recall of Pet Food for Aflatoxin Health Risk

12/30/2020 
 
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food Recall for Aflatoxin Health Risk


11/16/2020 
 Albright’s Raw Dog Food Recalls Chicken Recipe For Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

10/13/2020   
 
Sunshine Mills, Inc. Expands Previously Announced Voluntary Recall of Certain Pet Food Products Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin
09/22/2020     Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, AZ Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food in 4 lb Bags Because of a Possible Salmonella Health Risk (USA)

09/02/2020    Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Dog Food Products Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin
08/25/2020    Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Nature’s Menu® Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk  

07/08/2020     The J. M. Smucker Company Issues Voluntary Recall of One Lot of Natural Balance® Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula Canned Cat Food

02/28/2020     Purina Animal Nutrition Voluntarily Recalling Select Lot Codes of Purina®Rabbit Feed, Purina® Turkey Feed, Country Acres® Rabbit Feed and DuMOR® Chick Starter/Grower Feed

02/14/2020     FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed One Lot of Aunt Jeni's Home Made Frozen Raw Pet Food Due to Salmonella
12/05/2019   The J. M. Smucker Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of Special Kitty Wet, Canned Cat Food Due to Health Concerns

09/26/2019  
FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed Performance Dog Raw Pet Food Due to Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes
09/24/2019  
TDBBS Voluntarily Recalls Pig Ear Pet Treats No Illnesses Reported; Strictly Precautionary

08/30/2019  
FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed Certain Lots of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made Frozen Raw Pet Food Due to Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes
08/29/2019    UPDATE - FDA Investigates Contaminated Pig Ear Pet Treats Connected to Human Salmonella Infections.

08/15/2019    FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed Texas Tripe Inc. Raw Pet Food Due to Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes

08/14/2019 FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed Texas Tripe Inc. Raw Pet Food Due to Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes



Contact Information

 

Scott Absher
Program Manager

Phone:  334-240-7184
              
Fax:      334-240-7193

1-800-642-7761 ext. 7184


State of Alabama
Department of Agriculture and Industries
Agricultural Compliance Section
1445 Federal Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36107-1123

Field Inspector Contact Information

Jamie Booker, Supervisor - 251-589-2612

Jason Fields - 256-​280-5032 

Coty Galloway - 256-947-0081 

Carl Jackson - 334-850-9603       

Bill McMillan - 334-726-0143        

Kenny Mehearg - 334-850-0780      

Blake Pickett - 334-850-1317     

Kevin Rye - 256-460-3009





Code of Alabama & Administrative Code Rules


Division Contacts

Agriculture Compliance Division 

State of Alabama 
Department of Agriculture and Industries
Agricultural Compliance Section
1445 Federal Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36107-1123
Program Director 

Scott Absher

Phone:  334-240-7184 
Fax:       334-240-7193
1-800-642-7761 ext 7184 or 7304
agcompliance@agi.alabama.gov