Land O’Lakes Further Expands an Already Vast Purina Feed, Mazuri and LabDiet Recall

The recall that keeps growing and growing and…

PMI Nutrition International (Purina Mills International) announced the expansion of an already expanded global recall of a vast number of exotic animal feeds due to the possibility of excessive levels of vitamin D, distributed internationally. Land O’Lakes and its subsidiary PMI Nutrition International issued a fourth recall of products manufactured at Land O’Lakes’ Richmond, Ind.-based plant due to the potential for elevated vitamin D levels, the companies reported Friday.

Earlier this month, PMI Nutrition recalled four lots of feed after receiving customer complaints of animal illness and death. A few days later, PMI expanded the recall to include three additional lots of feed, and about a week after that, PMI further expanded the recall to include several lots of Aquamax feed and dozens of additional lots of LabDiet and Mazuri feed. On the same day, Land O’Lakes Purina Feed recalled several lots of feed manufactured at the same Richmond plant where the PMI products were manufactured and Feed Solutions, a DBA of Land O’Lakes, also recalled several lots manufactured in Richmond that were distributed to Tractor Supply and Del’s Feed & Farm Supply stores.

Elevated vitamin D levels may cause death, or otherwise be harmful to animals and fish. The products listed below are being added to those included in recalls announced on July 3, July 6, and July 12, 2012*, which were initiated after receiving customer complaints involving animal illness and small bird mortalities.

PMI Nutrition International has determined that additional Mazuri® and LabDiet® products fall within the scope of previous recalls, and is expanding a recall to include the additional varieties with specific lot codes listed below due to the potential for elevated vitamin D levels. Elevated vitamin D levels may cause death, or otherwise be harmful to animals and fish if fed for extended periods, potentially resulting in lack of interest in eating, weight loss and possible joint stiffness.

The product lots included in the recall were manufactured at the Milford, Indiana plant, using ingredient initially manufactured from April 2, 2012 through May 8, 2012 at the Richmond, Indiana facility. The other lots included in this expanded recall were initially manufactured at the Richmond, Indiana plant.

The products were distributed nationwide and to international customers in Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Singapore, Chile, and Uruguay. Lot codes for some products listed in this recall expansion extend beyond this date range, due to recoding upon further manufacturing, including use as an ingredient in other feed formulations or packaging into different sizes. Dealers have been asked to hold their inventories of these products, to notify affected customers, and to retrieve the product from these customers. the manufacturer recommends the affected product should not be used, and, if possible, should be returned to the retail dealer.

The current expansion of the recall includes one Purina Feed brand, as follows:

Formula No. Item No. Description Lot No.
5120 0006570 Fish Chow Meal, 50 lb. May 05 12 1

The expanded LabDiet recall includes:

Formula No. Item No. Description Lot No.
5LP3 0055545 ADVANCED PROTOCOL FROG DIET 5 KG APR 15123
APR 28123
5LP6 0055568 ADVANCED PROTOCOL LARGE AVIAN DIET 5 KG APR15122
5LG1 0033078 ADVANCED PROTOCOL OLD WORLD PRIMATE W/DENTAGUARD 25 LB MAY04123
5LP5 0055567 ADVANCED PROTOCOL SMALL AVIAN MAINTENANCE 11 LB APR11122
APR15123
50E6 0060296 CERTIFIED GUINEA PIG – IRR 25 LB APR12122A
APR17122A
5000M 0046064 FIBER BALANCED MONKEY DIET MEAL 25 LB APR29122
5TUR 1811182 GRAIN-BASED NON-HUMAN PRIMATE TABLET, 1 GM BANANA, size varies 12APR26RTD1
12JUN11RTD1
12MAY11RTD1
12MAY16RTD1
5TUR 1811482 GRAIN-BASED NON-HUMAN PRIMATE TABLET, 1 GM FRUIT PUNCH, size varies 12JUN07RTD1
5TUR 1811441 GRAIN-BASED NON-HUMAN PRIMATE TABLET, 190 MG FRUIT PUNCH, size varies 12JUN15RTD1
5TUR 1811466 GRAIN-BASED NON-HUMAN PRIMATE TABLET, 45 MG RASPBERRY, size varies 12JUN07RTD1
5TUR 1811479 GRAIN-BASED NON-HUMAN PRIMATE TABLET, 97 MG FRUIT PUNCH, size varies 12MAY09RTD1
5TUR 1811473 GRAIN-BASED NON-HUMAN PRIMATE TABLET, 97 MG GRAPE, size varies 12MAY09RTD1
5TUR 1811467 GRAIN-BASED NON-HUMAN PRIMATE TABLET, 97 MG RASPBERRY, size varies 12MAY09RTD1
5045M 0006551 HIGH PROTEIN MONKEY DIET REGRIND MEAL 50 LB APR09122
5045M 0006552 HIGH PROTEIN MONKEY DIET REGRIND MEAL 25 LB APR24122
9G0Y 1815142-209 LABDIET 5025W/0.5%CHOLESTEROL FROM EGGS/5%LARD, size varies 12MAY10RTD1
9G02 1815113-409 LABDIET 5037 GEL DIET, size varies 12APR10RTD1
5040 0006549 NEW WORLD PRIMATE, 22 LB APR04121

The expanded Mazuri recall includes:

Formula No. Item No. Description Lot No.
5E08 0065162 MAZ FR WATER TURTLE 6X1LB 6 x 1 lb BEST BY 06/04/14
BEST BY 06/05/14
5MM4 0065238 MAZ MINI PACK KOI PLATINUM WHEAT NUGGETS 2.5 LB APR04123
560B 0007864 MAZURI ALPACA ULTIMATE 40 LB 2JUL06MFI1
2JUN14MFI1
2JUN21MFI3
2MAY11MFI3
2MAY24MFI3
2MAY29MFI1
5TAF 1810536 MAZURI BZ CALLITRICHID DIET, size varies 12JUN14RTD1
12MAY17RTD1
12MAY24RTD1
592Y 0047797 MAZURI CALLITRIC GEL DIET, NO SUGAR ADDED, size varies 12JUN08RTD1
5MI5 0008107 MAZURI CALLITRICHID DIET, size varies 12JUN05RTD1
5B34 1815098 MAZURI CALLITRICHID GEL DIET, HIGH VITAMIN D, size varies 12MAY21RTD1
5MI6 0008108 MAZURI CALLITRICHID HIGH FIBER DIET, size varies 12JUN12RTD1
12MAY21RTD1
5MG1 0062615 MAZURI CROCODILLIAN DIET 50 LB APR03121
5MM3 0065236 MAZURI MINI PACK INSECTIVORE DIET 3 LB APR03121
APR27121 MAY07121
5ME6 0025433 MONKEY 1-HIGGINS 25 LB MAY07122
500A 0007429 NUTRAZU INSECTIVORE DIET 50 LB APR27121
51V2 0032876 ORNAMENTAL FISH FINGERLING 3/64 50 LB MAY0712

The tangled web of a multinational conglomerates weave

Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC (LOLPF), together with its subsidiaries, is a major manufacturer and distributor of animal feed. LOLPF also works with cooperative feed manufacturers and dealers marketing brands, such as LAND O’LAKES Feed products and Purina Mills products, and other independent businesses manufacturing and selling animal feed. LOLPF manufactures pet food for domesticated animals and animal feed products for multiple species. www.landolakesinc.com and www.lolfeeds.com

Purina Mills: In 2001, Purina Mills was purchased by Land O’Lakes, Inc. out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. However, Purina Mills marketing and research are still headquartered in Missouri at the 1,188-acre LongView Animal Nutrition Center (aka the PMI Nutrition center), opened in 1926 previously known as the Purina Research Farm. The Purina and the Chow Brand marks are used by Purina Mills, LLC under license only in the United States and its territories (excluding Puerto Rico). Purina Mills sells hundreds of products for horses, cattle, goats, swine, poultry, rabbits, game animals, exotics and many more. In fact, “if it walks, crawls, swims or flies” then there is a good chance Purina Mills has a product. www.PurinaMills.com

PMI Nutrition International (Purina Mills International) is a subsidiary of Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC. PMI Nutrition markets pet food for domestic animals and animal feeds for livestock, exotic and small mammals including such brands as Purina Chow, Infinia, Exclusive, Mazuri, NutraZu, LabDiet and Red Flannel Brands. www.PMInutrition.com

LabDiets produces small animal feed diets for, you guessed it, mice and rats that live in laboratories. The PMI Nutrition International (Purina Mills International) production plant is located in Richmond, Indiana and became the first ISO 9002 Certified production facility in the USA. PMI nutritionists and research analysts work at PMI® facilities in St. Louis and at the PMI® Research Center near Gray Summit, Missouri (aka Purina Mills’ LongView Animal Nutrition Center). PMI Nutrition International is a subsidiary of Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC. http://www.LabDiet.com

Mazuri exotic animal feed is owned by PMI Nutrition (Purina Mills International), a subsidiary of Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC.  Mazuri has representation in almost every accredited zoo and aquarium, not only in the U.S., but also around the world. Mazuri products in the United Kingdom and the European Union are sold under the NutraZu® exotic animal feed name. All Mazuri feeds are manufactured in their own plant(s).  Their main plant, in Richmond, Indiana is a PMI plant ISO-certified manufacturing facility. Some products are manufactured at the Milford, Indiana plant. www.Mazuri.com

For more information on the product recall, contact your local dealer or Customer Service (1-855-863-0421, x 224) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EDT), Monday through Friday.

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