June 3, 2019
Cargill expands recall of Southern States® feed
Cargill's animal nutrition business is expanding its voluntary recall of select its Southern States® feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) action levels, the company announced in late May.
This is an expansion of a recall first initiated on 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 that 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 generalised 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.
Cargill has received a small number of adverse event reports. These reports are currently being investigated to determine if they are related to the recalled feed. Cargill is voluntarily expanding the scope of this recall.
Affected products were manufactured at Cargill's Cleveland, North Carolina, US facility and are being recalled from retail outlets and distributors in 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.
"At Cargill, the safety of our products and the well-being of the animals we feed is our top priority. This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of and in cooperation with the United States Food and Drug Administration," the company said.