Poor Purina Mills, someone at the mill must be asleep at the vitamin D switch, because this time around they didn’t put enough vitamin D in their animal feed.
This most recent recall, the eighth in a little over the past three weeks, Purina Mills announced yesterday that is expanding the recall once more to include Purina Honor Show Chow poultry feed and DuMOR Show Poultry feed products.
Purina Mills blames a software error for the mistake that affected six of their feed plants simultaniously. Who knows how an error like that occurs on such a grand scale, unless Homer Simpson was in charge of software system.
Big deal, right?
To a chicken it is.
Chickens living in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) without ever seeing the light of day, need it to get their vitamin D. The poor chickens forced to live out their miserable lives crammed in filthy battery cages completely devoid of sunlight, must rely on an artificial source of vitamin D in their feed. If they don’t, within a matter of a couple of weeks, the already pitiful birds will experience a host of horrific side effects. Namely, bone fractures, joint problems, excruciating pain and possibly an agonizing death.
PMI Nutrition International (Purina Mills), a subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, initially recalled its LabDiet and Mazuri Feed Products earlier this month after receiving customer complaints of animal illness and small bird and guinea pig deaths for “possibly” containing excessive levels of vitamin D.
Three days later, PMI further expanded the Mazuri feed products; following that, it was expanded to include Purina Feed; then it grew to include AquaMax and Mazuri, LabDiet feeds were expanded once more; only to expand it yet another time to Aquamax, Mazuri, Catfish, Maz Koi, Game Fish Chow, Wellsolve, Nutri Source; incredibly, it grew to include Purina, Fish Chow, only to further expand the Mazuri, LabDiet recalls one more time all for excessive vitamin D; and finally the recall grew to include the latest: Purina, DuMOR poultry feed formulas for a lack of vitamin D.
Homer was probably repurposed to handle the recall announcements after his gaff in the supplement software division was discovered. After this latest blunder I expect Homer will be spending his days nursing beers and reminiscing of his days at the plant down at Moe’s, than spending his days catching up on his ZZZs at Purina Mills.
Land O’Lakes Purina Feed Announces Recall Of Certain Poultry Feeds Due To Lack Of Added Vitamin D
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 26, 2012 – Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC has initiated a voluntary recall of certain varieties of poultry feed products with the specific lot codes listed below, due to the lack of added vitamin D in these products. Inadequate levels of vitamin D in a bird’s diet for greater than 2-3 weeks may cause bone weakness, fractures or joint problems, and potentially death, if birds are not exposed to direct sunlight daily. Birds living outdoors may not experience symptoms due to the formation of natural vitamin D that occurs within the bird’s body with exposure to a minimum of 30 minutes of direct sunlight daily.
To date, there have been no reported animal illnesses involving the products below being recalled. The absence of added vitamin D in these products occurred as a result of a formulation software conversion.
“We are working diligently with retailers and distributors to notify customers about this issue and, as a precautionary measure, we urge customers to not feed their flocks these products,” said Dave Hoogmoed, Chief Operating Officer. “Instead, please return them to the point of purchase for a refund and replacement feed. We deeply regret the concern and inconvenience this is causing.”
The affected products were manufactured between May 23 and July 20, 2012, at the Milford, Indiana, Nashville, Tennessee and St. Joseph, Missouri feed plants, and distributed nationwide under the Purina and DuMOR brand names listed below. All products manufactured after July 20 include added vitamin D in their formulation.
Recalled Product List
|PURINA® HONOR® SHOW CHOW®|
|Formula No.||Item||Description||Size||Lot Code|
|781B||0016637||PURINA HONOR SHOW CHOW BROILER COMP AMP 0.0125% BMD50 MEDICATED||50 LB||2MAY23MFI1
|801R||0017095||PURINA HONOR SHOW CHOW TURKEY GROW/FINISH BMD50 PELLET MEDICATED||50 LB||2MAY23MFI1
|801T||0017096||PURINA HONOR SHOW CHOW TURKEY STARTER AMP .0125% BMD50 MEDICATED||50 LB.||2MAY31MFI1
|DUMOR® SHOW POULTRY|
|Formula No.||Item||Description||Size||Lot Code|
|60VA||0045400||DUMOR SHOW POULTRY AMP .0125% BMD 50 MEDICATED||40 LB||2JUN11MFI3
|60Y7||0046444||DUMOR POULTRY GROWER/FINISHER 15%||50 LB||2MAY23MFI1
|60X7||0046443||DUMOR CHICK STARTER 24%||50 LB||2MAY30MFI1
Lot numbers are printed on the sewing strip of each paper bag. Lot numbers are interpreted as follows: 2=Year / JUN=Month / 11=Day of Month / MFI=Plant Code (varies by manufacturing plant) / 3=Production Shift (varies by manufacturing plant).
Customers should return remaining products to their local dealer or retailer to receive a refund. For more information on the product recall, contact your local dealer, retailer or Customer Service between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (CT), Monday through Friday, or from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT) on Saturday and Sunday. For questions about Purina® Honor® Show Chow® products, call 1-800-227-8941. For questions about DuMOR® products, call 1-888-719-8066. Or visit www.purinmills.com/news/recall-information.aspx
Related articles by yours truly:
- Recall of Purina’s Feed Solutions Products Due to Elevated Vitamin D Level (poisonedpets.com)
- PMI Nutrition International (Purina) initiates recall of AquaMax products; expands recall of Mazuri and LabDiet feed products due to elevated vitamin D level (poisonedpets.com)
- Recall: Purina Feed Products Due to Elevated Vitamin D Level (poisonedpets.com)
- Land O’Lakes Further Expands an Already Vast Purina Feed, Mazuri and LabDiet Recall (poisonedpets.com)