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. Elevated aflatoxins leads to an expanded recall of 11 types of Southern States equine feed by Cargill.

Cargill Recalls Southern States Horse Feed Due to Aflatoxins [RECALL EXPANDED: UPDATE]

Southern States Equine Feed Recall: Expanded

 Cargill is recalling almost a dozen Southern States equine feeds.
Cargill is recalling almost a dozen Southern States equine feeds including Legends Sport Horse.

Cargill’s animal nutrition division expands its voluntary recall of Southern States equine feed due to elevated aflatoxin levels. The toxin comes from moldy corn which can poison your horse to death.

The Cargill recall includes 11 Southern States equine feeds. Included are Southern States Reliance (P), Southern States Reliance (T), Southern States Legends Sport Horse, Southern States Legends Sport Horse Plus, Southern States Legends Growth Pelleted, Southern States Legends Growth Textured, Southern States Triple 10, Southern States Solution, Select Plus (P), Southern States Select Plus (T), and LTD 12% Sweet Feed. The lot numbers for each are included below.

In cases of acute aflatoxicosis, equines may go off their feed, have bloody diarrhea, and die within days. In addition, aflatoxin toxicity can cause weight loss, liver damage, jaundice, hemorrhage, and eventually death. For more details, read below.

The company states it’s investigating what it calls a “small number” of adverse event reports since the initial recall earlier this month.

The expanded horse feed recall includes products manufactured between October 31, 2018, and March 1, 2019. The products were manufactured at Cargill’s Cleveland, North Carolina facility. Although, they’re being recalled from retail outlets and distributors along the east coast. The states included are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

If you believe your horse is sick due to poisoned horse feed, call your veterinarian immediately. Then file a report with the FDA.

 

Equine Feed Recall Expanded: Southern States

ProductSizeLot Codes 2018Lot Codes 2019Product CodeSpeciesDates MadeShelf Life (Days)
LTD 12% Sweet Feed (CN)50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060550280_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1960
Southern States® Reliance (P) (CN)50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060553265_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1990
Southern States® Reliance (T) (CN)50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060553285_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1960
Southern States Legends® Sport Horse50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060553943_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1960
Southern States Legends® Sport Horse Plus50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060553944_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1960
Southern States Legends® Growth Pelleted50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060553945_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1990
Southern States Legends® Growth Textured50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060553946_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1960
Southern States® Triple 10 (CN)50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060554270_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1960
Southern States® Solution (CN)50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060554290_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1990
Select™ Plus (P) (CN)External 50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060554610_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1990
Southern States Select™ Plus (T) (CN)50 lbN8304 through N8365N9001 through N9060554611_Equine10/31/18 – 3/1/1960

For additional feed products (deer, cattle, etc) with elevated or high aflatoxins, click here.

 


Published May 9, 2019

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.

Southern States Triple 10 Horse Feed is part of the Cargill Recall

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.

For more information, click here.

 

ProductSizeLot CodeProduct CodeSpeciesDate MadeShelf Life
Southern States Traditions 2-Grain Scratch (CN)50 lbN8313523540PoultryNov 201890 days
Southern States Flock Balancer 20% Booster (CN)50 lbN8352525430PoultryDec 201890 days
Southern States Calf Developer Plus (DEC) (CN)50 lbN8354511810Dairy CattleDec 201860 days
Southern States Sheep Feed Pellets (CN)50 lbN9035572610SheepFeb 201990 days
Southern States Sporting Bird Flight Developer (BMD) (CN)50 lbN9035523630PoultryFeb 201990 days
Southern States Genetic Expression 14% Jump Start (BVT) (CN)50 lbN9035573760Beef CattleFeb 201990 days
Southern States Custom Formula2 tons (all purchased by a single customer)N9037PoultryFeb 201930 days
Southern States Traditions Chick Start & Grow (AMP) (CN)50 lbN9039523600PoultryFeb 201990 days
Southern States Custom Formula23 tons (all purchased by a single customer)N9039Dairy CattleFeb 201930 days
Southern States 16% Sweet Goat Feed (CN)50 lbN9043571800GoatFeb 201960 days
Southern States Triple 10 (CN)50 lbN9043554270EquineFeb 201960 days
Southern States Coarse Screened Cracked Corn (CN)50 lbN9045591180All StockFeb 201990 days
Southern States Intensity 22% Calf Starter (BVT/CF) (CN)50 lbN9045511961Dairy CattleFeb 201960 days
Southern States All Grain Start-N-Grow (CN)25 lbN9053523500PoultryFeb 201990 days