Mycotoxin feed contamination
Cargill is issuing a voluntary recall of Southern States horse feed. It comes as a result of elevated aflatoxin levels which can poison your horse resulting in sickness and death, according to veterinarians.
The feed recall includes Southern States Triple 10 horse feed, Lot #N9043. It was manufactured in February, at Cargill’s North Carolina facility located in Cleveland. The horse feed was sold along the east coast.
In cases of acute aflatoxicosis, equines may reduce their feed intake, have bloody diarrhea, and die within days. In addition, aflatoxin toxicity can cause weight loss, liver damage, jaundice, hemorrhage, and eventually death.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture notified Cargill about the mycotoxin feed contamination issue.
Cargill maintains it had the contaminated feed, “removed from retail shelves throughout February, March, and April 2019.”
The feed was recalled from feed stores and distributors in the following states: Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia markets
The company adds that it hasn’t heard from any owners regarding animals that have suffered from adverse health events to date.
Cargill states it identified and corrected the problem. Although, it’s press release fails to mention what led to the feed contamination.
Aflatoxins in equine feedstuffs
So, what are aflatoxins that are found in equine feedstuffs?
Mold produces hundreds of toxins known as mycotoxins. The toxic by-products of corn are aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, and G2 contaminants). The Aspergillus family of molds produces aflatoxin.
Do you know what’s allowed in your horse feed?
The U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has an action level for aflatoxin of 20 parts per billion (ppb) in horse feed or the highest level of the contaminant allowed. Although the FDA doesn’t enforce action levels it reserves the right to do so.
Southern States feed recall
The Southern States product recall doesn’t just affect equine owners, but also those with dairy cattle, poultry, sheep, beef cattle, and goats.
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|Product||Size||Lot Code||Product Code||Species||Date Made||Shelf Life|
|Southern States Traditions 2-Grain Scratch (CN)||50 lb||N8313||523540||Poultry||Nov 2018||90 days|
|Southern States Flock Balancer 20% Booster (CN)||50 lb||N8352||525430||Poultry||Dec 2018||90 days|
|Southern States Calf Developer Plus (DEC) (CN)||50 lb||N8354||511810||Dairy Cattle||Dec 2018||60 days|
|Southern States Sheep Feed Pellets (CN)||50 lb||N9035||572610||Sheep||Feb 2019||90 days|
|Southern States Sporting Bird Flight Developer (BMD) (CN)||50 lb||N9035||523630||Poultry||Feb 2019||90 days|
|Southern States Genetic Expression 14% Jump Start (BVT) (CN)||50 lb||N9035||573760||Beef Cattle||Feb 2019||90 days|
|Southern States Custom Formula||2 tons (all purchased by a single customer)||N9037||Poultry||Feb 2019||30 days|
|Southern States Traditions Chick Start & Grow (AMP) (CN)||50 lb||N9039||523600||Poultry||Feb 2019||90 days|
|Southern States Custom Formula||23 tons (all purchased by a single customer)||N9039||Dairy Cattle||Feb 2019||30 days|
|Southern States 16% Sweet Goat Feed (CN)||50 lb||N9043||571800||Goat||Feb 2019||60 days|
|Southern States Triple 10 (CN)||50 lb||N9043||554270||Equine||Feb 2019||60 days|
|Southern States Coarse Screened Cracked Corn (CN)||50 lb||N9045||591180||All Stock||Feb 2019||90 days|
|Southern States Intensity 22% Calf Starter (BVT/CF) (CN)||50 lb||N9045||511961||Dairy Cattle||Feb 2019||60 days|
|Southern States All Grain Start-N-Grow (CN)||25 lb||N9053||523500||Poultry||Feb 2019||90 days|