The Chicken Chick®: What you Need to Know About this week's Nutrena Feed Recall: DON'T PANIC

Dec 4, 2013

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

 Cargill Nutrena has issued a very 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, Illinions, 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
Product Name
Lot Code Range
Bag Size
Bag Image
NatureWise Meatbird 22% Crumble
FL3121 – FL3325
40 lb. bags
Nutrena - NatureWise Meatbird 22% Feed
91577 & 91577-40 
NatureWise Chick Starter Grower 18% Crumbles

Non-medicated formula only
FL3121 - FL3325
AT3121 - AT3325
MN3121 - MN3325
OC3121 - OC3325
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 following products are NOT INCLUDED IN THIS RECALL:
·         7 lb packages of NatureWise Meatbird 22% Crumble or Chick Starter Grower 18% Crumbles
·         All other Nutrena Naturewise products
·         Products with lot codes other than the ones listed above.
·         All other Nutrena products.
The Official Recall Notice:

Recall -- Firm Press Release 

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

(888) 321-8586
Lynda Michielutti
(952) 984-8254
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 disclaimer icon, or call 888-321-8586. 
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  1. Thanks for always keeping us informed. I will share this info with my friends!

  2. TheChickenChick12/4/13, 10:33 PM

    Thanks for sharing, Veletta!

  3. Suzanne Smith12/4/13, 10:39 PM

    we lost a batch of baby geese in the blue seal recall many years ago and it was heart breaking. Didn't have the internet then so the babies were long gone before we found out the cause.

  4. Denise Allison Magil12/5/13, 1:17 AM

    thanks for keeping us in the know

  5. thank you for posting this. It doesn't affect my birds, as I don't use this feed. However, the information you gave makes me think of a question regarding protein content: I read that to help your birds through molting, you should give them a little protein boost. Would this be a good reason to give molting hens 22% feed rather than 18% or 16%?

  6. did not use either but really appreciate you staying on top of things and informing us and helping us! Thanks again for all of your research and time spent!

  7. doesn't Cargill use GMO feed? I've read in several magazines they do. If you're raising chickens for eggs and meat, then go organic....better for their health, better for your own, ALWAYS.

  8. Kristina Nicole Richardson12/5/13, 12:09 PM

    Thank you for the info!

  9. TheChickenChick12/5/13, 11:23 PM

    Thank you. :)

  10. TheChickenChick12/5/13, 11:23 PM

    That's exactly what I do, Jenn.

  11. Thank you for keeping us informed

  12. TheChickenChick12/7/13, 3:43 PM

    Very sad. :(

  13. Thanks for the info! I also found your tips on obesity very helpful. Just found your site this week while searching for info on why my hen was sick. Unfortunately I lost her Saturday to Peritonitis, but at least now I know why. First encounter with it in 5 years of owning chickens. Thank you!

  14. TheChickenChick12/10/13, 6:52 PM

    I'm very sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, the older our layers get, the more likely they are to experience reproductive problems. :(

  15. just sent an e mail to the town hall! stupasses! anywho, i love your blog! if you ever want to move outta that town my boss owns lots of farmland all over R.I.! we would love to have you!