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Cargill conducts voluntary recall of select Southern States feed products due to aflatoxin levels

Published on 15 May 2019

Cargill’s animal nutrition business is conducting a voluntary recall of select Southern States feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed the FDA’s action levels.

Dairy and beef feed products subject to recall include: Southern States Calf Developer Plus, Southern States Intensity 22 percent Calf Starter, Southern States Genetic Expression 14 percent Jump Start and Southern States Coarse Screened Cracked Corn. To view the label for each product, visit the Cargill website.

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. 

The affected products, which were manufactured at Cargill’s facility at Cleveland, North Carolina, were sold in the eastern U.S. Cargill first learned of the issue when it received a notification from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture of test results showing that a single lot of a specific Southern States product contained elevated levels of aflatoxin.

All affected products were removed from retail shelves throughout February, March and April 2019. Cargill has identified and corrected the root cause.

No adverse health effects to animals have been reported to date. 

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 one to three days.  In addition, aflatoxin toxicity can cause reduced feed intake, reduced weight gain, liver damage, jaundice and, eventually, death.  end mark  

From Cargill news release