Horse Owners Sue Western Milling Over Monensin Contamination

by | 02.26.2016 | 11:59am

The owner of a California riding barn is suing Western Milling of Goshen, Calif., after she said 13 of her horses died from monensin poisoning, allegedly from contaminated feed produced by the plant.

The lawsuit was filed this week in Fresno County Superior Court. According to the Fresno Bee, the suit does not specify the amount Black Fence Farm owner Katie Flanigan is seeking in damages. Several owners of horses boarded at Black Fence are also part of the suit, as is another riding school in Temecula, Calif. The parties reportedly tried to reach a settlement out of court but could not come to an agreement.

Flanigan claimed that Western Milling knew, or should have known, that their production system left their product vulnerable to monensin contamination based on 2009 and 2010 reports from the Food and Drug Administration, which reported issues with contamination at that time.

Western Milling did not offer comment to the Fresno newspaper.

In all, Flanigan said that 51 horses have been sickened or killed by exposure to monensin, which is used in medicated cattle feed.

Read more at the Fresno Bee

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