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    Default FDA Warning: Animal Feed Seizure--Cincinnati/Florence KY area

    Cross post as necessary, as it affects livestock feeds as well as horse feeds:

    FDA NEWS RELEASE

    For Immediate Release: July 20, 2009
    Media Inquiries: Siobhan DeLancey, 202-510-4177, siobhan.delancey@fda.hhs.gov
    Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

    FDA: Adulterated Animal Feed Seized

    Filthy conditions, failure to correct violations prompted action at Kentucky facility

    At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. marshals today seized livestock and horse feeds stored under filthy conditions at the Bi-County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association, Inc., in Florence, Ky

    "The FDA will not tolerate a company’s failure to adequately control and prevent filth in its facility,” said Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The FDA is prepared to use whatever legal means are necessary and appropriate to keep potentially contaminated products out of the marketplace.”

    During a recent inspection of the Bi-County feed mill, FDA investigators discovered live and dead mice and evidence of bird activity throughout the facility. FDA laboratory analysis of samples collected during the inspection confirmed the presence of rodent urine, rodent feces, rodent hairs, and rodent-gnawed holes in bags, in and around food products.

    Acting on a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky, marshals seized all FDA-regulated food products exposed to rodent and bird contamination at the facility. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they were kept in conditions in which they may have become contaminated with filth.

    Bi-County manufactures feed and stores commercial feeds received through interstate commerce. The products are sold locally to farms and stables. The products sold by Bi-County include:

    15% Hog Grower & Finisher Feed
    Agriflex Betonite
    AIM Magnesium Oxide 56%
    Barley Flakes
    Beef, Land O’Lakes Steak Maker Grower
    Bi-County 17% Layer Mash
    Bi-County Coop Farm Ration
    Bi-County Coop Ground Shell Corn
    Bi-County Feed Oats
    Bi-County Shell Corn
    Bi-County Super 12 Plus
    Bio-Cube Alfalfa Cubes
    Calf Manna, Manna Pro
    Cattle Mineral Triple Trust
    Champions Choice Mix-N-Fine Salt
    Champions Choice Trace Mineral Salt
    Coastal Brand Poultry Shell
    Country Acres Horse Feed
    Crimped Oats
    Diamond Crystal Pellets, water softener
    Diamond Yeast Culture
    Equine Merit Horse Balancer
    Farmer’s Friend Vitamin A, D & E
    Feed Grade Sodium Bicarbonate
    Gran-I-Grit, Mt. Airy insoluble
    Herd Maker Supreme
    High Calcium Hydrated Lime
    HomeGrown Game Bird & Poultry
    Horsemans’s Edge Pelleted
    Kemin Calcium Proprionate
    Land O’ Lakes Calf Primer
    Layena
    Legends Grow & Perform
    Legends Racing Textured
    Legends Show & Pleasure
    Limestone Calcium Carbonate
    Merry Mixer Dehydrated Alfala
    Pork Supreme LG Premix 100/75
    Purina Chow Turkey Starter
    Purina Omalene 100
    Purina Pig Startena
    Purina Start & Grow Sunfresh
    Rabbit Pellets 25 lbs.
    Reliance Pleasure 11T
    Reliance Pleasure HP
    S.S. Dairy 18% Supreme Dairy
    Scratch Feed
    Solvent Extracted Soybean Meal
    Tizwhiz Train N Maintain
    Triple Crown Complete
    Triple Crown Growth
    Triple Crown Senior Formula
    Triple Trust 20-15 Red Calf Manna Milk Replacer
    Triple Trust Dried Molasses
    Triple Trust Feed Dicalium Phosphate
    Triple Trust Horse Feed
    Triple Trust Rabbit Pellets
    Triple Trust Textured Goat Feed
    Ultralyx Dried Distillers Grains

    Purchasers of these products should not feed them to animals and should discard them. In addition, purchasers should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the products.

    James A. Zerhusen, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, filed the complaint requesting the seizure, and his office will continue to coordinate with the FDA to ensure proper disposition of the seized items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sing Mia Song View Post
    Cross post as necessary, as it affects livestock feeds as well as horse feeds:
    James A. Zerhusen, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, filed the complaint requesting the seizure, and his office will continue to coordinate with the FDA to ensure proper disposition of the seized items.

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    that must have been one NASTY place....
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    That place must have been disgustingly vile for the FDA to take that step.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sing Mia Song View Post

    During a recent inspection of the Bi-County feed mill, FDA investigators discovered live and dead mice and evidence of bird activity throughout the facility.
    This line makes me wonder a little.

    Of course there are signs of bird activity. What feed store does not have some birds flying about loose inside. Heck, there are sometimes birds in the ceiling at the grocery story (which they some how get rid of).



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    Why I buy Seminole Feeds.

    Hope all the horses who have gotten that contaminated feed are ok.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cloudyandcallie View Post
    Why I buy Seminole Feeds.
    This wasn't just a manufacturer--they also stored other commercial feeds.

    Triple Crown is on par with Seminole and it was included. It (and others)wasn't manufactured under bad conditions, only that the distributor stored it that way.



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    Cincinnati Equirer 7-20-09 "FDA raids Boone feed store"

    The co-op was last inspected in 2004, and no violations were found then.

    Longtime manager Rusty Barton said the feed seized on Friday had just been delivered last week, and an exterminator visits the co-op weekly.

    He doesn’t believe the co-op has a mouse problem.

    “If you go into any feed mill in the country – any farm – you’ll find ’em,” he said. “You can’t keep ’em out.”

    The 78-year-old co-op consists of the feed mill and a store on about five acres at Weaver Road and Dixie Highway (US 25).

    Barton, 65, has worked there for 44 years, including 27 as manager. He said the co-op has hired an attorney.

    “They got it all blown out of proportion,” he said. “They’ve put our name in a bad position, and I don’t know what we’re going to do about that.”
    “The FDA investigators inspect many feed mills, and they clearly felt this operation was violative enough to warrant a seizure, as did the court,” FDA Spokeswoman Siobhan DeLancey said.
    Although in fact with canned tuna fish there is an allowable and legal amount of rat hairs (yes) allowed per can for human consumption



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    Quote Originally Posted by Glimmerglass View Post
    Although in fact with canned tuna fish there is an allowable and legal amount of rat hairs (yes) allowed per can for human consumption
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    Wow! I was in Florence, KY, this a.m. to pick up a TB coming to my farm. The farm she was at fed that Bi County brand of feed! I noticed it when I asked what she was eating and thought it sounded like an odd brand. Holy smokes...

    The mare I brought back looks ok...I just checked her a few minutes ago to make sure she was settling in OK...good grief... I'm glad you posted this. I'll keep a close eye on her.



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    Default Yikes

    This brought back my nightmare of early Jan - April where my horses did get bad feed. Be it the TC or whatever else it may have been. Never did I think it was the manufacturer but rather, where it was stored and purchased from. Hope all the horses and animals that may be effected pull through.
    Our horses are not seen as the old and disabled they may have become, but rather as the mighty steeds they once believed themselves to be.

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    Default Feed Recall

    Only if you buy from this particular store but thought I'd put it out there since there is horse feed involved:

    http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsro.../ucm172768.htm



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    Default FDA WARNING ABOUT HORSE FEEDS

    FDA NEWS RELEASE

    For Immediate Release: July 20, 2009

    Media Inquiries: Siobhan DeLancey, 202-510-4177, siobhan.delancey@fda.hhs.gov
    Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA
    FDA: Adulterated Animal Feed Seized
    Filthy conditions, failure to correct violations prompted action at Kentucky facility

    At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. marshals today seized livestock and horse feeds stored under filthy conditions at the Bi-County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association, Inc., in Florence, Ky.

    “The FDA will not tolerate a company’s failure to adequately control and prevent filth in its facility,” said Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The FDA is prepared to use whatever legal means are necessary and appropriate to keep potentially contaminated products out of the marketplace.”

    During a recent inspection of the Bi-County feed mill, FDA investigators discovered live and dead mice and evidence of bird activity throughout the facility. FDA laboratory analysis of samples collected during the inspection confirmed the presence of rodent urine, rodent feces, rodent hairs, and rodent-gnawed holes in bags, in and around food products.

    Acting on a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky, marshals seized all FDA-regulated food products exposed to rodent and bird contamination at the facility. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they were kept in conditions in which they may have become contaminated with filth.

    Bi-County manufactures feed and stores commercial feeds received through interstate commerce. The products are sold locally to farms and stables.
    The products sold by Bi-County include:

    15% Hog Grower & Finisher Feed
    Agriflex Betonite
    AIM Magnesium Oxide 56%
    Barley Flakes
    Beef, Land O’Lakes Steak Maker Grower
    Bi-County 17% Layer Mash
    Bi-County Coop Farm Ration
    Bi-County Coop Ground Shell Corn
    Bi-County Feed Oats
    Bi-County Shell Corn
    Bi-County Super 12 Plus
    Bio-Cube Alfalfa Cubes
    Calf Manna, Manna Pro
    Cattle Mineral Triple Trust
    Champions Choice Mix-N-Fine Salt
    Champions Choice Trace Mineral Salt
    Coastal Brand Poultry Shell
    Country Acres Horse Feed
    Crimped Oats
    Diamond Crystal Pellets, water softener
    Diamond Yeast Culture
    Equine Merit Horse Balancer
    Farmer’s Friend Vitamin A, D & E
    Feed Grade Sodium Bicarbonate
    Gran-I-Grit, Mt. Airy insoluble
    Herd Maker Supreme
    High Calcium Hydrated Lime
    HomeGrown Game Bird & Poultry
    Horsemans’s Edge Pelleted
    Kemin Calcium Proprionate
    Land O’ Lakes Calf Primer
    Layena
    Legends Grow & Perform
    Legends Racing Textured
    Legends Show & Pleasure
    Limestone Calcium Carbonate
    Merry Mixer Dehydrated Alfala
    Pork Supreme LG Premix 100/75
    Purina Chow Turkey Starter
    Purina Omalene 100
    Purina Pig Startena
    Purina Start & Grow Sunfresh
    Rabbit Pellets 25 lbs.
    Reliance Pleasure 11T
    Reliance Pleasure HP
    S.S. Dairy 18% Supreme Dairy
    Scratch Feed
    Solvent Extracted Soybean Meal
    Tizwhiz Train N Maintain
    Triple Crown Complete
    Triple Crown Growth
    Triple Crown Senior Formula
    Triple Trust 20-15 Red Calf Manna Milk Replacer
    Triple Trust Dried Molasses
    Triple Trust Feed Dicalium Phosphate
    Triple Trust Horse Feed
    Triple Trust Rabbit Pellets
    Triple Trust Textured Goat Feed
    Ultralyx Dried Distillers Grains

    Purchasers of these products should not feed them to animals and should discard them. In addition, purchasers should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the products.
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    thanks for posting. This is a nightmare. If you can't trust your feeds....



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    Quote Originally Posted by Glimmerglass View Post
    Although in fact with canned tuna fish there is an allowable and legal amount of rat hairs (yes) allowed per can for human consumption
    Just about every packaged food product has an allowable and legal amount of vermin contamination.



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    [QUOTE] we owned a Purina store....sure there are birds and mice and the occasional coon and skunk and some genius always thinks you need some Feluk ridden barn cats

    BUT

    this warranted the FDA....folks that means accumulated filth...mucho much nasty nasty.... and it was not just the milled feeds but the stored grains from I counted about 7 other feed companies....

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    Last edited by Tamara in TN; Jul. 21, 2009 at 10:07 AM.
    Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
    I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.



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    Default Contaminated feed in KY

    FDA NEWS RELEASE
    For Immediate Release: July 20, 2009

    Media Inquiries: Siobhan DeLancey, 202-510-4177,
    siobhan.delancey@fda.hhs.gov
    Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

    FDA: Adulterated Animal Feed Seized

    Filthy conditions, failure to correct violations prompted action at
    Kentucky facility
    At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. marshals
    today seized livestock and horse feeds stored under filthy conditions at
    the Bi-County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association, Inc., in Florence, Ky.

    "The FDA will not tolerate a company´s failure to adequately control and
    prevent filth in its facility," said Michael Chappell, the FDA´s acting
    associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "The FDA is prepared to use
    whatever legal means are necessary and appropriate to keep potentially
    contaminated products out of the marketplace."
    During a recent inspection of the Bi-County feed mill, FDA investigators
    discovered live and dead mice and evidence of bird activity throughout the
    facility. FDA laboratory analysis of samples collected during the
    inspection confirmed the presence of rodent urine, rodent feces, rodent
    hairs, and rodent-gnawed holes in bags, in and around food products.
    Acting on a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court in the Eastern
    District of Kentucky, marshals seized all FDA-regulated food products
    exposed to rodent and bird contamination at the facility. The seized
    products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they were
    kept in conditions in which they may have become contaminated with filth.
    Bi-County manufactures feed and stores commercial feeds received through
    interstate commerce. The products are sold locally to farms and
    stables. The products sold by Bi-County include:

    15% Hog Grower & Finisher Feed
    Agriflex Betonite
    AIM Magnesium Oxide 56%
    Barley Flakes
    Beef, Land O´Lakes Steak Maker Grower
    Bi-County 17% Layer Mash
    Bi-County Coop Farm Ration
    Bi-County Coop Ground Shell Corn
    Bi-County Feed Oats
    Bi-County Shell Corn
    Bi-County Super 12 Plus
    Bio-Cube Alfalfa Cubes
    Calf Manna, Manna Pro
    Cattle Mineral Triple Trust
    Champions Choice Mix-N-Fine Salt
    Champions Choice Trace Mineral Salt
    Coastal Brand Poultry Shell
    Country Acres Horse Feed
    Crimped Oats
    Diamond Crystal Pellets, water softener
    Diamond Yeast Culture
    Equine Merit Horse Balancer
    Farmer´s Friend Vitamin A, D & E
    Feed Grade Sodium Bicarbonate
    Gran-I-Grit, Mt. Airy insoluble
    Herd Maker Supreme
    High Calcium Hydrated Lime
    HomeGrown Game Bird & Poultry
    Horsemans´s Edge Pelleted
    Kemin Calcium Proprionate
    Land O´ Lakes Calf Primer
    Layena
    Legends Grow & Perform
    Legends Racing Textured
    Legends Show & Pleasure
    Limestone Calcium Carbonate
    Merry Mixer Dehydrated Alfala
    Pork Supreme LG Premix 100/75
    Purina Chow Turkey Starter
    Purina Omalene 100
    Purina Pig Startena
    Purina Start & Grow Sunfresh
    Rabbit Pellets 25 lbs.
    Reliance Pleasure 11T
    Reliance Pleasure HP
    S.S. Dairy 18% Supreme Dairy
    Scratch Feed
    Solvent Extracted Soybean Meal
    Tizwhiz Train N Maintain
    Triple Crown Complete
    Triple Crown Growth
    Triple Crown Senior Formula
    Triple Trust 20-15 Red Calf Manna Milk Replacer
    Triple Trust Dried Molasses
    Triple Trust Feed Dicalium Phosphate
    Triple Trust Horse Feed
    Triple Trust Rabbit Pellets
    Triple Trust Textured Goat Feed
    Ultralyx Dried Distillers Grains

    Purchasers of these products should not feed them to animals and should
    discard them. In addition, purchasers should thoroughly wash their hands
    after handling the products.
    James A. Zerhusen, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky,
    filed the complaint requesting the seizure, and his office will continue to
    coordinate with the FDA to ensure proper disposition of the seized items.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamara in TN View Post
    .. this warranted the FDA....folks that means accumulated filth...mucho much nasty nasty.... and it was not just the milled feeds but the stored grains from I counted about 7 other feed companies....
    To be clear I cited the Enquirer article and excerpted the remarks of the owner only to illustrate his comments and their counter arguments. I in no way suggested the FDA was railroading this outfit rather the FDA's press release was already cited and this was the only "new" piece of the story since the Friday raid.



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    Thanks for the heads-up.



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