US company recalls feed due to high magnesium levels

By Aerin Einstein-Curtis

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US firm, CHS Inc., is recalling 67 tons of its Payback brand feed for swine, rabbit and poultry species sold in Wyoming and Montana.

CHS is an agribusiness group owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the US. It is diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods. CHS Payback is a brand of CHS providing feed and services to support livestock and poultry production.  

The Minnesota-based company announced the voluntary recall​ ​Wednesday [November 13]. The product potentially includes high levels of magnesium.

The company said it received customer reports claiming that the feeds may have made livestock sick or resulted in animal morality, according to a release from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The company started investigating the situation and started a voluntary recall after confirming that some products may have elevated levels of magnesium, the agency said.

“The acute effects of excess dietary magnesium in animals would likely be osmotic diarrhea and a marked decrease in feed intake,” ​the FDA reported. “Continued feeding of these products may result in death as a complication of diarrhea and decreased feed intake.”

Additional information about the recalled feed and the process is not being released at this time, the company told us.

The 50-pound bags of Payback brand feed were manufactured at a company facility in Great Falls, Montana and distributed in both Wyoming and Montana from September 27 through October 10, the company said.

CHS is not the only company to institute a recall this year.

Recent recalls 

Other recent feed recalls include one from Cargill in May, whereby it expanded a previously announced recall of its Southern State feed products based on elevated aflatoxin levels.

In September, both Gramco, Inc. and Ridley Block Operations removed specific lots of feed products from the market.

Gramco recalled a selection of its hog grower pellets, after finding that they contained a high level of the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol or vomitoxin.

Ridley removed a batch of its Ultralyx 24-165 block for cattle on pasture that was found to be out of specification. The product had high levels of non-protein nitrogen.

January this year saw Purina Animal Nutrition recall a lot of cattle feed cubes that had been sold in Florida and Georgia. That market withdrawal was potentially linked to the deaths of several cattle although the specific cause of death had not been identified at the time.

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