Cargill feed recalled due to high aflatoxin levels
Cargill announced on May 7th in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website that selected Southern States® feed products manufactured in North Carolina have been recalled due to elevated aflatoxins levels in nine states, including Pennsylvania. The list of recalled products that exceeded the FDA’s action levels for aflatoxins in animal feeds included feed for dairy and beef cattle, horses, goats, sheep, and poultry. The products have been removed from retail outlets, and there are no reports of affected animals to date, however, consumers are advised to check their feed. Most of the recalled products are small-volume retail items. If products of any of the affected lots are found, they should be returned to the local dealer of retailer. For more information, the phone number 800-822-1012 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 4:30 Easter Time) was provided by the company.
What are aflatoxins?
Aflatoxins are carcinogenic to humans. In animals, aflatoxins will cause liver damage, immune system impairment, and reduced weight gain. However, the effect of aflatoxins on animal health and performance will depend on the animal species, age, and nutrition, among other factors. In cattle that has been exposed to contaminated feed, and additional concern is the excretion of aflatoxins into milk of animals in lactation, which can lead to aflatoxin-contaminated milk and dairy products.
Aspergillus ear rot of corn is not frequently seen in Pennsylvania. Common mycotoxin-producing fungi in grain crops in Pennsylvania belong to the genus Fusarium and will cause Gibberella and Fusarium ear rot in corn, and Fusarium Head Blight of small grains.