Two horse owners filed a civil suit against Archer Daniels Midland Company this week in U.S. District Court after they say their horses died from monensin contamination. Beth Berarov of Michigan and Annelisa Bindra of South Carolina are named plaintiffs against Archer Daniels Midland and ADM Alliance Nutrition.
Berarov and Bindra say several horses died or suffered heart damage after consuming ADM feed, which they believe contained monensin, an ionophore used in cattle feed. The owners claim that feed packaging failed to warn them about the risks of cross-contamination of the horse feed, which was produced at plants which also made cattle feed.
ADM told radio station KFGO that the company is confident its feeds are safe and it is in compliance with federal regulation. The owners' claims, ADM said, are without merit.
The plaintiffs are requesting compensation for the feed they purchased and damages related to the deaths or injuries of their horses. They also want the court to require clear labeling of ADM feed, alerting customers to the associated risks of monensin cross-contamination.
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