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:
Lot Code Range
NatureWise Meatbird 22% Crumble
FL3121 – FL3325
40 lb. bags
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: