Cargill’s animal nutrition business is expanding its voluntary recall of select Southern States feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) action levels.
This is an expansion of the recall initiated May 6, and is the result of Cargill’s internal investigation that identified additional products containing an ingredient provided from the same supplier referenced in the May 6 recall announcement. The expansion includes products manufactured between October 31, 2018, and March 1, 2019.
Livestock, horses and poultry exposed to elevated levels of aflatoxin are at risk of exposure to several health effects. Aflatoxicosis has the same acute and chronic adverse effects and health consequences across all species and age classes (immature and mature). Immature animals are more sensitive to aflatoxins. Acute aflatoxicosis may result in generalized hemorrhage, bloody diarrhea and death in 1-3 days. In addition, aflatoxin toxicity can cause reduced feed intake, reduced weight gain, liver damage, jaundice, and eventually death.
Cargill has received a small number of adverse event reports. These reports are being investigated to determine if they are related to the recalled feed. Cargill is voluntarily expanding the scope of this recall.
The following affected products were manufactured at Cargill’s Cleveland, North Carolina, facility and are being recalled from retail outlets and distributors in the 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 markets.
Consumers with animals that have consumed the recalled products and are exhibiting these symptoms should contact their veterinarian. Consumers and other end users who have any of the affected lots in their possession should return remaining product to their local dealer or retailer for a replacement or full refund. For more information, call the customer service line at +1.833.224.2003, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.