Western Milling LLC has reached a settlement agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture Feed and Livestock Drugs Inspection Program over sanctions for monensin contamination of horse feed in 2015. According to HorseTalk New Zealand, the feed company agreed to pay $526,500 in fines and promised to install $200,000 worth of new equipment as part of the settlement.
Western Milling reportedly has also agreed to stop making horse and specialty feeds at its Goshen facility, where the contamination took place.
Monensin is a type of ionophore used in medicated cattle feed which is poisonous to horses and has been implicated in other contamination cases. The 2015 contamination resulted in a voluntary recall of 1,100 bags of feed and is believed to have contributed to the deaths of three horses.
Read more at HorseTalk New Zealand
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