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Chicken Soup Used in Dumor Feed Harmful to Baby Chicks from Moldy Feed
FDA released results stating dangers for baby chicks from Moldy Feed
May 26, 2012
Weekly Crow Staff
The FDA released an announcement stating DuMor Poultry Grower/Finisher is harmful to Baby chicks.(1) DuMor feed is well known for high quality feed products so it was shocking to come across this warning during our research. Moldy feed causes a deadly substance called aflatoxin in feed and is dangerous to humans and animals.Regulatory limits have been set to keep people and aniimals safe. However, even with the strictest regulations things can go wrong Cargill distributor of Dumor feeds did recall the feed. Hopefully nobody still has some in their storage.
Update Dec. 14, 2011: Cargill (Supplier of DuMor feed) recalled regional poultry, calf and whole and cracked corn products because aflatoxin levels were higher than they are allowed to be. (2)
It’s a naturally occurring substance resulting from the mold Aspergillus. Certain foods contain detectable levels of aflatoxin. Regulatory limits on foods potentially prone to aflatoxin, including animal feed, have been established to safeguard human and animal health.
How does aflatoxin get into animal feed?
Mold can occur on crops during growing. Aflatoxin can develop when Aspergillus mold is “stressed” by certain conditions. Higher-than-normal aflatoxin can occur during the growing of corn or in storage after harvest.
How does aflatoxin affect animals?
Each species and type of animal has a different level of tolerance for and may exhibit different symptoms to aflatoxin exposure. Reaction will also depend on the overall health and age of your animal. In general, short-term exposure can result in lethargy, loss of coordination, muscle spasms and convulsions. Longer-term symptoms may include weight loss, anemia, jaundice, bloody stool, diarrhea and formation of hematomas (a collection of blood outside blood vessels) beneath the skin.
Can aflatoxin affect humans?
Yes, if foods with excessive aflatoxin are consumed. Handling of feed should not pose a health risk. Read More..
What you should do
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