The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that it will fine Lakeland Animal Nutrition in connection with tainted feed that has killed eleven horses to date.
Rate My Horse Pro reported that the company has the option to pay $4,000 or request a hearing, though officials with Lakeland have not revealed what they intend to do.
The state found four violations in connection with the production and distribution of horse feed that contained monensin and lasolocid, both substances that are toxic to horses. Lakeland also produces medicated cattle feed which contains monensin to help increase dairy cow milk production. An investigation revealed that automated machinery was supposed to schedule production of several batches of non-medicated feed between the monensin cattle feed and the horse feed to clean out the production equipment. That did not happen.
The resulting tainted product has killed half of the horses at Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Fla., and the remaining animals, many of which belong to children and teens, are struggling.
Lakeland announced last year that it will no longer manufacture equine products.
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