Report: Feed Mill Knew About Monensin Contamination Before Releasing Tainted Product

by | 02.09.2016 | 5:15pm

A report by Rate My Horse Pro this week alleges that Western Milling, LLC, a California company recently accused of selling monensin-tainted feed that killed 13 horses and ponies, knew about cross contamination at its mill for years.

Food and Drug Administration documents obtained by the website detail warnings issued to Western Milling dating as far back as 2010. FDA inspectors found monensin levels in high enough concentrations to warrant recalls in 2011. The documents allegedly credit the monensin issues to poorly-maintained equipment, inadequate procedures, and the manufacture and packaging of horse feed and medicated cattle feed nearby each other. Rate My Horse Pro reported that Kevin Kruse, president and CEO of the company, told FDA inspectors that he was aware of the contamination but “did not consider the amounts to be significant.” Inspectors were told that the mill would change its packaging set-up to avoid the bagging of horse feed and medicated cattle feed together. Apparently, these changes were never made, according to the report.

The FDA could not confirm whether it is currently investigating Western Milling, which issued a recall of its Western Blend Horse Feed last September for potential contamination.

Monensin is an ionophore designed to improve weight gain and control parasites in cows. The medication is safe for cattle but is poisonous to horses.

Learn more about feed contamination and how it occurs in this article from our archives.

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