Georgia based event rider Elisa Wallace announced Thursday she is parting ways with ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc. Controversy has surrounded ADM recently due to the company’s response amid allegations its feed is contaminated with monensin.
Wallace said in a statement she can no longer endorse ADM’s horse feed because she is unwilling to support any product that she doesn’t use with confidence. “I have decided to relinquish my sponsorship, in light of the actions, or lack thereof, of ADM in the monensin contamination cases,” she says.
According to lab results, ADM Patriot Performance 12-10, ADM Patriot Junior, and ADM Alliance Nutrition 12% have tested positive for monensin. The feed was produced at a mill in Cordele, Georgia. Despite test results showing contamination, the feed remains on store shelves. ADM company representatives at the corporate and local level are telling customers the feed is safe for their horses to eat, according to multiple sources.
Monensin is used to improve feed efficiency in cattle and can be found in premix formulas. Cross-contamination in the milling process during the formulation of equine feed, due to human error, is one way horses can become exposed.
Monensin is highly poisonous to horses and affects the heart and skeletal muscles. The level of toxicity is dose and individual dependent.
“Trust is imperative in any relationship and I feel that has been lost,” Wallace said in a statement. “My horses come first over any sponsorship and horse owners should not have to worry about feeding their horses poison. Monensin should not be in horse feed.” A call to Wallace was not immediately returned.
A FDA spokesperson recently told Rate My Horse PRO, “there is no acceptable amount of monensin allowed in equine feed – it is not approved.”
A message from ADM was not immediately returned.