ADM Releases Statement on South Carolina Horse Feed Incident

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ADM Alliance reports that trace amounts of monensin could get into horse feed after a cattle feed production run has been finished. And that this is acceptable since they take measures to clean the machines and any monensin left there is by accident. So accidental horse deaths are acceptable but regrettable? Ridiculous. As reported before, the FDA does not test for monensin, so we must rely on the word of the manufacturer that their feed is safe. When deaths occur, we must look to experts. Perhaps it is time for those who manage stables and own horses to look at where they get their feed from. It is also time for ADM to invest in separate machines for creating horse and cattle feed. And our government needs to start taking control of regulating our animals’ feed and test for toxins since it seems to be a greater priority to ADM to save money by reusing a machine than to commit to doing no harm. The fact that ADM Alliance refuses to acknowledge (read the “Continue Reading” part) any definitive responsibility is expected in our society but unethical. Horse feed must be a source of nourishment not a toxin. ~ HfH

From: The Horse

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ADM Alliance 12 percent Pellets is the feed believed to have killed the horses in Florida

Horses feed manufacturer ADM Alliance Nutrition, a subsidiary of the Archer Daniels Midland, Co., is responding to recent news reports and social media posts about its potential connection to an incident in which three South Carolina horses died and another was sickened.

Farm owner Anne Kennedy told that in December, three horses residing at the farm were treated at the Edisto Equine Clinic in Yonges Island, South Carolina, for coliclike signs and later died. Another horse exhibiting similar clinical signs was also taken to the clinic for treatment, she said.

Kennedy subsequently sent a small sample of the ADM feed used at her farm to Michigan State University’s (MSU) Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, in Lansing, for testing. She said the sample was “negative for ionophores (monensin),” but that a postscript included in the test results indicated the laboratory had identified monensin in trace quantities.

Ionophores are a type of antibiotic manufacturers sometimes add to cattle feed to promote weight gain. These substances, including monensin, can be toxic to horses. Monensin toxicity becomes apparent in horses in a number of ways, said Adrienne Bautista DVM, PhD, of the California Animal Heath and Food Safety Laboratory System at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.

“Some horses go off their feed, some exhibit ataxia or weakness, some colic, and some simply die,” Bautista said. “When horses die, they generally die very quickly, and those are the horses we most often see.”

Kennedy said she shared the test results from her initial submission, including the postscript, with ADM representatives, who then visited her farm to gather five samples of the feed to test.

Kennedy also later sent eight additional samples of ADM feed to MSU for testing. According to the MSU test results Kennedy provided to on Jan. 6, the laboratory tested Kennedy’s eight samples, including an untagged bucket of feed, several pelleted feed samples, and a feed designed for senior horses as a control sample. All of the samples were produced by ADM, she said.

In the test results, the toxicologist reported that “all of the submitted samples tested negative for the presence of monensin chromatographically and confirmed the finding by LC-MS/MS (liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry).”

The test results also showed that “monensin was observed in trace quantities of less than 0.2 ppm” in five of the samples, that “monensin was present at approximately 0.2 ppm” in one pelleted sample, and that “monensin was present at approximately 1.0 ppm” in another pelleted feed sample. The report said that monesin was “chromatographically negative” in the senior horse feed sample.

Bautista said the differences in the samples’ test results could be attributed to “small differences in feed coming from the same bag.

“There could be ‘hot spots’ in the bag,” she said.

Kenneth Marcella, DVM, Dipl. AAT, of KLM Equine in Canton, Georgia, explained that there is a difference between a “toxic limit” and a so-called “allowable limit” of monensin in horse feed. At the same time, he said, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not set an allowable limit for monensin in horse feed.

But, “ideally, there should be no monensin in horse feed,” Marcella said.

But trace amounts of monensin can find their way into commercially produced horse feed during the manufacturing process, even if companies have policies and protocols in place to prevent such cross-contamination, Marcella said.

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  • Joan

    I stopped useing ADM when I found out they opened their third plant in China to make their feed

    January 8, 2015
  • Zig Pope

    I grew up around a polo field in which Mr. Daniels, of ADM, was a member. He was the nicest man, and he loved his horses and took very good care of them.

    He would be utterly appalled at this bullshit behavior, from a company that has his name attached.

    Boycott this company. They do not deserve our business.

    January 8, 2015
  • arlene

    Cleaning Machinery is unacceptable, Horse and Cattle feed should alwaYS BE KEPT Separate, maybe even with different companies ………………… Seems they are not able to handle both in the manner it should be done????????? when allowed to make in the same factory !!!!!!

    January 9, 2015
  • MS

    They died suffering — what a tragedy — all because someone keeps dropping the ball and not taking the animal food industry seriously! Why can’t the food people do things properly? Why cut corners? Why be sloppy? What’s wrong with doing things the right way? What is the purpose of one’s job? After all, you’re not children — you have responsibilities and promises to uphold! It’s all so very very sad!

    January 10, 2015
    • arlene

      So True MS, when you take on the responsibility of making feed FOR any living thing you take it on to do the very best job you can do to make sure you are feeding wholesome feed …..I think they call this pride in what you do !!!!!They made an unacceptable error, that has cause the certain deaths and suffering of the innocent ,,,,,unexcuseable………………… any standard…………..

      January 11, 2015
  • Sara Jane

    I live farther west in the country, had fed ADM for years, mixed different ADM feeds like senior, prime, healthy glo, metabolic stay strong pellets, then found out about this on January 8. I called our regional large animal hospital to ask what to do, vet on call said to cease feeding it until results are certain that feed is not contaminated.
    Overnight, I pulled my beloved and very valuable show horse off his feed and gave him alfalfa pellets instead.
    I am furious at this company that my horse lost his feed in this but am grateful he keeps his life.
    I am appalled at how ADM has blown this off.
    We are very sad for the owners and friends of the horses that died.
    I will not purchase a single product from this company and beware! They own lots of human food outlets, too.
    I wish they had done their jobs and stuck to their mission statement. Killing horses with feed is a quick trip to hell after this life.

    January 12, 2015
  • Barbara A Jackson

    This division used to be Moorman’s which had the best minerals for horses and cattle and wonderful feed for everything, my dogs loved it. When ADM bought the company and put their input (cheap, cheap) into it, my dogs refused to eat the dog food. That was the end of it. I used to buy tons of cattle mineral from them. The cows I cared for were fly free and fat with Mooman mineral. You could call Moorman’s and talk to a nutritionist about how to solve problems. All that ended with ADM. ADM is a horrible company, has been in trouble for deceitful practices and I cannot believe have the board did not serve time in jail for their well documented scandal. I never feed anything ADM

    January 23, 2015