Warning letters have been issued by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to two feed mills that horse feed mixed at their facilities have tested positive for monensin. Monensin, a drug approved for used in cattle, swine and poultry, is highly toxic and potentially lethal to horses.
According to reports, Gilman Co-Op Creamery in Gilman, Minnesota and Farmers/Ranchers Cooperative Association of Ainsworth, in Ainsworth, Nebraska did not follow Current Good Manufacturing Practice standards for medicated feed mills, which includes appropriate sequencing and equipment clean-out procedures when changing from mixing a medicated feed to a non-medicated feed. Such regulations are in place to prevent cross-contamination of potentially harmful substances.
Earlier this year, the FDA released a public statement about an investigation into Gilman Co-Op Creamery after multiple horses died after consuming food produced at the facility that contained monensin.
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