Manufacturer Recalls Horse Feed Due to Dangerous Contamination
An agricultural feed manufacturer is issuing a recall for a potentially contaminated product.
Western Milling is voluntarily recalling one lot of Western Blend horse feed after learning that an ingredient in the feed in question may contain monensin, an ionophore. The affected product is lot number 5251, and is sold in 50 pound bags.
The feed subject to this recall was distributed in September 2015 to stores in California and Arizona. All stores where the bags were sold have been notified. Of the 1,100 bags being recalled, all but 67 bags have already been reclaimed by the company.
Consumers are urged to examine any bags of Western Blend horse feed purchased in September 2015 to check and see if they have lot 5251. Any bags with this lot number may be returned to the stores where they were purchased for a full refund.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), clinical signs of ionophore poisoning in horses vary depending on the dosage ingested, but can include poor appetite and feed refusal of the grain product, diarrhea, weakness, rapid heart rate, labored breathing, decreased exercise tolerance, depression, wobbly gait, colic, sweating, recumbency, and sudden death. The first clinical signs are often noted from 12 to 72 hours after ingesting a toxic dose and the clinical signs may linger up to about eight days.
The recall was initiated after several reports of horses dying as a result of the contaminated feed.
Individuals with questions about this recall should contact the company at (559) 302-1062.