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#1 JRTsRUs

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 03:55 PM

Received this in an e-mail today, and thought I'd put the word out so people that feed the Purina equine feeds can check with their dealer or Purina to see if their feeds are safe. I don't know that I'd go off of this e-mail alone to start worrying ... I'd call Purina or my dealer, personally, to make any assessments. Some people can go into panic mode before having all details:

Subject: PURINA RECALLS HORSEFEEDS

I think it is important for all horse owners to know that Purina has issued two massive recalls this month affecting almost their entire horse feed product line. This recall was not made available to the general public. Notices went to the dealers directly. It is unconscionable that they have made no effort contact the end users. On 4/9 they recalled 27 equine products, including senior and the platformline. On 4/21 they recalled another 18 products. The problem is Aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are toxic and one of the most carcinogenic substances known. They can cause liver disfunction, immune suppression,and neurological difficulties.

Please share this information with your horse keepingfriends. It seems that the only way this information is going to get out, is among ourselves. The way this has been handled by Purina is irresponsible and
unacceptable.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 04:42 PM

QUOTE(JRTsRUs @ May 1 2008, 12:55 PM) View Post
Received this in an e-mail today, and thought I'd put the word out so people that feed the Purina equine feeds can check with their dealer or Purina to see if their feeds are safe. I don't know that I'd go off of this e-mail alone to start worrying ... I'd call Purina or my dealer, personally, to make any assessments. Some people can go into panic mode before having all details:

Subject: PURINA RECALLS HORSEFEEDS

I think it is important for all horse owners to know that Purina has issued two massive recalls this month affecting almost their entire horse feed product line. This recall was not made available to the general public. Notices went to the dealers directly. It is unconscionable that they have made no effort contact the end users. On 4/9 they recalled 27 equine products, including senior and the platformline. On 4/21 they recalled another 18 products. The problem is Aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are toxic and one of the most carcinogenic substances known. They can cause liver disfunction, immune suppression,and neurological difficulties.

Please share this information with your horse keepingfriends. It seems that the only way this information is going to get out, is among ourselves. The way this has been handled by Purina is irresponsible and
unacceptable.


Quick search and another site says that inadequate protein content was the cause of at least one recall. If true, or similar, I'm not all that upset about handling it at the distributor level.
Nowhere do I read of a sample testing for aflatoxin. Does anyone have any definitive info?
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 05:25 PM

Here's some of the conversation that's taking place on the Arabian Horse Rescue yahoogroups forum (which is how I got the e-mail:

Username: rhonda300

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Registered: 10-2007 Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 10:40 am:

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I just received this in an email from a friend. I don't use Purina but I know a lot of you do. I thougth you might want to look into it.

Subject: PURINA RECALLS HORSEFEEDS

I think it is important for all horse owners to know that Purina has issued two massive recalls this month affecting almost their entire horse feed product line. This recall was not made available to the general public. Notices went to the dealers directly. It is unconscionable that they have made no effort contact the end users. On 4/9 they recalled 27 equine products, including senior and the platformline. On 4/21 they recalled another 18 products. The problem is Aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are toxic and one of the most carcinogenic substances known. They can cause liver disfunction, immune suppression,and neurological difficulties.

Please share this information with your horse keepingfriends. It seems that the only way this information is going to get out, is among ourselves. The way this has been handled by Purina is irresponsible and
unacceptable.
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OMG thanks rhonda,I just got off the phone with Purina and they were shocked that I knew,but I named off the grains that I feed and out of the 4 only one was recalled and needed to call my dealer and thank god they didn't have any of the shipment! Looks like I will be looking for another brand way too scary!!
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Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 12:44 pm:

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Ditto!
though I left Blue Seal for Purina about 5 years ago...had trouble and switched back pretty quickly!

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 09:03 PM

Very Strange..... I called my feed store manager who in turn called the Purina rep. for So. CA, who knew nothing about the "recall".

You know just because someone puts something on the internet, it doesn't make it true. I have a hard time believing that Purina could issue such a massive recall without the press getting wind of it, especially after the "made in China" dog/cat food fiasco.

It will be interesting to see if it is the truth, or just some nutcase spreading slanderous gossip.

btw.... my feed store manager gave the Purina rep. this link.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 09:47 PM

I do not think I would get all too upset with this. I checked out the Purina website and it was last updated with a re-call on 4/04/2007. I also checked snope's ...the only thing that snope's speak's of is dog/cat relation to Purina.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 09:52 PM

Has anyone received an update or verification from Purina yet?

If its true, we need to know about it. If it's not true, Purina will seek legal action againt the originator of the message.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 10:21 PM

I am an assistant manager at a feed store we sell Purina horse feeds, I have heard nothing about this. I will call Purina first thing in the morning. In the mean time I would not take this too seriously. JMO
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 10:21 AM

I agree with what's being said here ... I don't take writings such as this as FACT without checking it out myself. I don't feed Purina though, so I didn't call Purina, but I did look on their website last night and didn't see anything posted about this sort of recall. I use Nutrena's SafeChoice, or I'd be calling Purina myself to find out the truth behind it all.

As I said in my original post, CALL your Purina dealer or Purina themselves if you feed Purina and want to be SURE there's no such recall.

Also, I got a call from a friend of mine that saw this post, and she was saying that Purina HORSE feeds are now made by Land 'O Lakes. This is good info if anyone was checking on this situation as a fact or not.
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 11:48 AM

I just heard from a friend who feeds Purina that she checked with her local feed dealer who called Purina and was told that there is no recall on Purina Equine feeds.
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:56 PM



Rochester Feed Weekly Newsletter
May 2

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Recalled Feed


Recalled Feed

We recently received a fowarded email, and you may have too, stating that Purina recalled feed because of aflotoxin levels and that this info was never put out to the general public.

We would like to respond to this email and put all of you at ease.

We contacted St. Louis and Purina did pull feed out on the east coast. The feed was recalled from the dealers before it ever got to the customers. The Aflatoxins (a mold that Purina tests for in every batch of feed) was at a level that Purina does not allow. It was not at a toxic level, but it was to high for Purina standands. NO HORSES WERE SICK OR DIED. If Purina thought that some of the feed got in the food chain they would have called it back from the end customers (You). Purina has a batch number and codes on every bag, they know where every bags goes. When there is a recall we have to send back every bag.

Purina did not inform the general public because this was not a country wide issue and none of the feed ever reached the general public or their horses.

Just so you know every region of the country gets their Purina horse feed mixed at different plants so what happens in one area does not necessarily happen in another area. All of Purinas horse feed mixing plants mix only horse feeds no cattle or other animal feeds so that none of the drugs in cattle, sheep, chicken, etc. feeds could ever have a chance of getting in the horse feed. Aflotoxins are a mold that can develop in corn when the plant receives a load of corn the entire semi is tested for molds if the levels are too high that entire semi is refused and sent on to another company or is used in cattle feeds where those levels are safe. There is a chance that in this situation by the end processing the levels between ingredients added up to be too high for Purinas standards, end result Purina pulled the feed from their dealers.

If any of you have any other questions regarding this issue or any at all feel free to contact us by email or phone 507-285-5547 and we will do our best to answer them.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 04:17 PM

So much for the hysteria attempt generated by scout05, metagrey06 & barncat.

I wonder what dept at Purina they "supposedly talked to".

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 09:15 PM

This is TRUE...I just recieved an email from The Horse Magazine, article follows:




Horse Feed Recall Affects East Coast
by: Erin Ryder, TheHorse.com News Editor
May 05 2008, Article # 11810
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Horse feed dealers are the key to identifying if there's a potential problem with recently purchased Purina feed, according to Land O'Lakes spokesperson Lydia Botham.

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC recently announced a recall of certain horse feed products manufactured at three East Coast facilities. The products might contain an ingredient with an unacceptably high level of aflatoxin.

Aflatoxins are a form of mycotoxin, and are secondary metabolites produced by Aspergillus spp. fungi. According to Gary Osweiler, DVM, PhD, professor of veterinary toxicology at Iowa State University, effects of aflatoxins can be progressive as well as cumulative. At levels greater than 50 ppb (parts per billion), aflatoxins can cause signs such as feed refusal, fever, weight loss, sluggishness, liver damage, jaundice, bloody diarrhea, kidney damage, birth defects, tumors, and suppressed immune function.

Read more about mycotoxins in "Damage From Within."

Botham said there have not been any confirmed health complaints due to aflatoxins related to the current recall of feed.

Feed Recall

The recalled feed was produced at:

* Purina's Statesville, N.C., plant between Nov. 3, 2007, and Feb. 8, 2008;
* Harrisburg, Pa., Jan. 1, 2008, and Feb. 8, 2008; and
* Guilderland, N.Y., Jan. 1, 2008, and March 10, 2008.

Dealers in the following states might have sold affected product:

* Connecticut,
* Delaware,
* Georgia,
* Maine,
* Maryland,
* Massachusetts,
* New Hampshire,
* New Jersey,
* New York,
* North Carolina,
* Pennsylvania,
* Rhode Island,
* South Carolina,
* Tennessee,
* Vermont,
* Virginia, and
* West Virginia.

The recall is voluntary and precautionary, Botham stressed.

Dealers were notified of the recall in March. Botham said the aflatoxin was discovered through routine product testing performed by a state regulatory agency, with results confirmed by company testing.

The potentially affected feed products were manufactured at three facilities and sold in 17 states (see sidebar). Horse owners in these states should call their feed dealer to see if they received affected product.

"Different dealers got different products, so the best thing (horse owners) can do is go to their dealer," Botham said. "The dealer is really the hub--they're the ones who will know if anyone in their area may have received this product."

The feed in question was manufactured between November 2007 and March 2008, depending on the manufacturing plant from which it originated.

Hank Yohe, warehouse manager and equine specialist at Global Ag Associates in York, Pa., a Purina feed dealer, said he heard about the recall about three weeks ago.

"As soon as I found out about it, all the customers that I could identify I contacted immediately," Yohe said. "But I knew I didn't have any feed of that vintage in my warehouse. We turn our feed around about every two weeks. So the feed that was in question I knew had already gone out, was already sold, and probably was already fed."

Yohe said he has not received any questions from customers, nor complaints about the products.

According to a statement released by Purina, the concern stems from a single ingredient, which originated with a specific supplier.

"The product had the presence of aflatoxin above the level of what we would consider acceptable," Botham said.

Purina is no longer using this supplier. However, it was noted in the statement that other feed companies that utilize this supplier might also be affected.

"I'm not aware of any aflatoxin contamination issues affecting Triple Crown Nutrition's equine formulas," said Rob Daugherty, CEO of Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc. "Triple Crown Nutrition offers fixed feed formulas utilizing ingredients that are typically not affected by aflatoxins like those sometimes found in corn screenings and/or peanut hulls."

Some other feeds companies are working to find out the identity of the supplier to ensure their products do not contain the affected ingredient.

Watch TheHorse.com for updates.

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 01:54 PM

Such conflicting reports ... Purina states (in the comments Geseppi posted) "Purina did not inform the general public because this was not a country wide issue and none of the feed ever reached the general public or their horses"; and now TheHorse.com seems to have posted an article that's very thorough in nature EXCEPT it leads people to believe that the feed DID get out to the general public. Geesh!!! Guess the best thing to do, for anyone feeding Purina, is to simply look at your feed bags and see whether or not you have these 'potentially' affected feeds.
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Posted 12 May 2008 - 10:16 PM

I bought 2 bags of Stradegy (sp?) over the weekend, and asked my feed guy if he had heard of the recall. He hadn't......in fact, he looked at me like I was crazy or something. hahahaha! I told him Ohio wasn't affected by it, so that would explain why he hadn't heard about it.

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 10:44 PM

Pretty interesting that Purina keeps dispelling the rumors. If they tell someone "no", and that person's animal gets sick, I'd hate to see what happens next...
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