by Erin Ryder
Land O'Lakes Purina Feed has implemented a voluntary recall of some horse feed due to a possible excess of aflatoxin. According to a statement released by the company, no confirmed animal health complaints attributable to aflatoxins have been reported. Aflatoxins are a potent form of mycotoxins, which are secondary metabolites of molds.
The recalled feed was produced at: Purina's Statesville, N.C, plant between Nov. 3, 2007, and Feb. 8, 2008;
Harrisburg, Pa., Jan. 1, 2008, and Feb. 8, 2008; and Guilderland, N.Y., Jan. 1, 2008, and March 10, 2008.
Feed dealers that received the recalled products have been notified by the company. This includes dealers in:
According to the company statement, the concern stems from a single ingredient, which originated with a specific supplier. That supplier is no longer being used by Purina. The statement noted that other feed companies that utilize this supplier might also be affected.