What you Need to Know About this week’s Nutrena Feed Recall: DON’T PANIC

Cargill Nutrena has issued a limited, voluntary recall of 2 specific poultry feed products this week, NatureWise Meatbird 22% crumble and NatureWise unmedicated Chick Starter Grower 18% crumbles, which were manufactured in the following facilities: Flora, Illinois, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Abilene, Texas and Mineola Texas between May 1, 2013 and November 21, 2013. To find out what it means to YOU, I reached out to my peeps at Nutrena for more information than contained in the recall notice, which is printed in its entirety, below.

We were just discussing how to prepare for a feed recall on my Facebook page 4 days ago and the importance of saving feed bag tags, however, this particular recall applies to feed that may have been fed to chicks as long as six months ago, so I wanted to know what the possible impact of the recall could be or could have been on chicks that consumed the feed.
Poultry nutritionist, Dr. Roy Johnson, PhD at Cargill spoke with me at length, answering all of my questions. The recalled feeds contained a little bit less calcium than the company guarantees on the label, which is between .8 and 1.3%. Chicks do need some calcium and the chicks that ate the affected feed got some calcium. My understanding is that there is a little bit of wiggle room built into the calcium percentage range, therefore, pet chicks who consumed the affected feeds exclusively are not expected to be affected.  If there were to be any problems at all, it would be in the form of barely detectable leg abnormalities: slightly shorter legs or bowed legs. There have been no reports from backyard chicken keepers of any developmental concerns to date, which is consistent with Dr. Johnson’s expectations.
I am not the least bit worried about our backyard chickens as a result of this recall. Should you have any questions or concerns, the company encourages you to contact them toll-free at 1-888-321-8586.

The recall, at a glance:

Product Code: 91585-40
Product Name: NatureWise Meatbird 22% Crumble
Lot Code Range: FL3121 – FL3325
Bag Size: 40 lb. bags

Product Code: 91577 & 91577-40
Product Name: NatureWise Chick Starter Grower 18% Crumbles Non-medicated formula only
Lot Code Range: FL3121 – FL3325, AT3121 – AT3325, MN3121 – MN3325, OC3121 – OC3325
Bag Size: 40 or 50 lb. bags

This is a regional recall only affecting products manufactured at Cargill’s facilities in Flora, Illinois; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Abilene and Mineola, Texas between May 1, 2013 and November 21, 2013. These products were sold in Arkansas, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, Kansas, western Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Please note, only the 40 and 50 pound sized bags are affected. The recall does not apply to the 7 pound packages which are manufactured in a different Cargill facility.

The Official Recall Notice:
Recall — Firm Press Release 
FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Cargill Conducts Voluntary Recall of Select Nutrena® NatureWise® Meatbird and Chick Starter Feed

Consumer:(888) 321-8586
Media: Lynda Michielutti, (952) 984-8254
Email: Lynda_Michielutti@cargill.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Minneapolis, Minn., November 27, 2013 – Cargill’s animal nutrition business today announced a voluntary recall of two of its Nutrena NatureWise poultry feeds due to incorrect levels of calcium. The affected products were manufactured at Cargill’s facilities in Flora, Ill., Oklahoma City, Okla., Abilene, Texas, and Mineola, Texas, between May 1, 2013 and Nov. 21, 2013.

Products were sold under the name NatureWise Meatbird 22% Crumble with the following product codes: 91585-40; and lot code range: FL3121–FL3325. The product was sold in 40 lb. bags. The second product is NatureWise Chick Starter Grower 18% Crumble with the following product codes: 91577 and 91577-40 and lot code range: FL3121–FL3325, AT3121–AT3325, MN3121–MN3325 and OC3121–OC3325. This product was sold in 40-lb. and 50-lb. bags. The recall does not include either product sold in 7-lb. bags. Cargill is taking appropriate steps to retrieve all affected products.

Calcium is an essential nutrient for poultry. Decreased levels of calcium in diets for meatbirds and starter chicks may lead to reduced bone growth and other bone health issues. Customers should call their veterinarian if their animals have experienced adverse health effects while consuming the affected product.

Customers should return remaining products to their local dealer or retailer for a full refund or replacement. For more information, including photos of products involved, visit our website at www.cargill.com/feed/poultry-feed-recall, or call 888-321-8586.

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Aw, thanks Rachel. ♥


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