May 13, 2019
Cargill recalls Southern States® feed due to aflatoxin concerns
Cargill's animal nutrition business is conducting a voluntary recall of select Southern States® feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) action levels.
The affected products, which were manufactured and sold in the eastern US, were removed from retail shelves throughout February, March, and April 2019. Livestock, horses, and poultry exposed to aflatoxin are at risk of exposure to several health hazards.
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 generalised 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.
No adverse health effects to animals have been reported to date. Nonetheless, Cargill is taking this voluntary step out of an abundance of caution.
The affected products were manufactured at Cargill's Cleveland, North Carolina, US facility.
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.
Cargill has identified and corrected the root cause.