The Minnesota-based feed company recalled select batches of multiple feeds following a recall from an ingredient supplier. Hubbard Feeds is a subsidiary of Alltech.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the recall Tuesday [February 25]. The flax ingredient in the recalled products contains a residue of the unapproved herbicide Haloxyfop.
“An organic flax seed supplier informed Hubbard Feeds that they had shipped a batch containing Haloxyfop, an herbicide,” the company told us. “While Haloxyfop is approved for use in other countries, it has not been approved for use in the United States and is therefore considered an adulterant.”
There have been no adverse health effects reported in conjunction with the recalled ingredients or feeds, said Alltech.
“Alltech is aware of the voluntary recall conducted by Hubbard Feeds due to an organic flaxseed ingredient recall notice from one of their suppliers,” the company said. “Hubbard Feeds continues to have our full support as they work alongside their customers to identify and replace affected products and ensure FDA guidelines are met.”
Hubbard is continuing to work with the FDA to address each step of the recall and ensure they are carried out according to guidelines, Alltech said.
The recall relates to specific batch or lot numbers of several Easy Feed-brand feeds including the company’s easy feed organic chick starter, easy feed layer 16% with omega pellet, easy feed organic layer 20% with omega meal, easy feed no corn no soy layer 16%, easy feed organic no soy layer 16% with omega, easy feed organic milk goal feed, easy feed organic pig grower/finisher, easy feed organic turkey and gamebird start-n-grow and easy feed organic layer 16% with omega.
In addition to the feeds, the company’s organic ground flaxseed product from batch 4P172M-300719-EC also is being collected.
The products being recalled products were originally released in Colorado, according to company information.
Producers potentially using recalled feeds are asked to check their inventory and quarantine any of the recalled products. The feeds are not to be used and should be returned to the point of sale.
All questions are being directed to the Hubbard Feeds Customer Service center, the company said.
“Hubbard Feeds continues to evaluate and approve vendors and their ingredients as part of their vendor approval program, including ongoing reviews,” the company said regarding what steps are being taken to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.
Recent industry recalls
In addition to Hubbard, Cargill has also faced a feed recall this year.
Cargill recalled a specific lot of its NutreBeef transition pellet (MH) beef feed at the start of February. The product included high levels of monensin and was mispackaged.
The company was informed about the issue by a customer. At the time of the recall, eight animal deaths were thought to be connected to product use.