New information reveals three horses died before a Florida horse feed manufacturer recalled its products stating there may be a “quality issue.”
Lakeland Animal Nutrition voluntarily recalled the equine feeds after reports surfaced of horses dying, according to Erin Gillespie, Florida Agriculture Department spokeswoman. The three horses died at Masterpiece Equestrian Center, located in Davie, between October 16 and 20th. The causes of the horses’ deaths have not been determined and necropsies are reportedly pending.
Gillespie tells Rate My Horse PRO the feed testing results are not back, but are expected this week.
When the recall was issued, the company, a subsidiary of Alltech, suspended the production and sale of all equine feeds. After a call to Lakeland Animal Nutrition’s General Manager, Jonathan Lang, we received a press release stating the company is no longer producing equine feeds, in order to focus on its core livestock business.
Lakeland Animal Nutrition says it is cooperating with the authorities and has been working closely with the Florida Department of Agriculture since the issue was reported.
Lang was unable to answer why the voluntary recall was not issued on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website. The FDA regulates horse feed and offers a place where companies can place press releases for wider exposure.
Bartlett Milling initiated a horse feed recall and issued its release through the FDA site after a potential Rumensin contamination recently.
Rate My Horse PRO is in contact with a spokesperson from the FDA and will have more information on this developing story.