ADM issues recall of feed products after safety warning

By Jane Byrne

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In response to safety concerns, ADM Animal Nutrition has announced a recall of certain pig and poultry feeds after it emerged that certain lots could contain harmful levels of essential minerals.

The company reports that the products may contain elevated levels of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, and/or chloride, posing potential harm to chickens, swine, beef cattle, and horses.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted an alert​ about the recall on Monday this week.

ADM Animal Nutrition said the recall was prompted by a customer complaint regarding swine refusing to consume feed from a particular lot of MoorMan’s ShowTec Sale Burst w/DF DEN. Upon investigation, the company said it discovered an equipment failure issue at its animal feed manufacturing facility in Quincy, Illinois, which impacted ingredient distribution.

Once confirmed that certain lots could contain harmful levels of essential minerals, ADM said it swiftly initiated the recall.

The affected products have been removed from retail shelves, and the producer said it has been in direct communication with customers and distributors involved in the recall process. It is urging customers who have purchased any of the recalled feed products to discontinue use immediately and return them to their distributor. 

ADM noted that one customer reported chicken deaths associated with the consumption of Pen Pals Chicken Starter-Grower 25-lb bags, bearing the lot number 507650QN. These deaths are reportedly related to elevated levels of calcium and phosphorus, which could cause severe health issues and fatality in chickens.

The recall extends to several other product lots​, each with its own set of potential risks and distribution details.

Bone deformities, diarrhea

The FDA notice indicates that ADM’s Pen Pals Chicken Starter-Grower 50-lb bags, with the Lot No 506942QN, may contain elevated levels of magnesium, which can cause bone deformities, slow growth rate, watery feces and can be fatal to chickens. These products were distributed between February 28 and March 14, and could have been purchased through distributors in Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Iowa, California, and Oregon.

The company’s product, MoorMan’s ShowTec Sale Burst w/DF DEN 50-lb bags, Lot 506664QN, may contain increased levels of sodium and chloride, which can lead to reduced feed intake, thirst, and diarrhea.

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