Company recalls horse feed after report of deaths

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Western Feed LLC issued a recall in early March of two lots of Kountry Buffet 14% feed for horses after receiving a report of horses that died after consuming the feed.

Initial testing by a private laboratory found a potentially harmful concentration of monensin sodium in two lots of the horse feed. Monensin sodium can be fatal to horses at high concentrations, although the Food and Drug Administration has approved it as a drug for some livestock and poultry species.

A small amount of monensin sodium can cause horses to go off their regular feed, have signs of colic, and appear unwell for a few days. A large amount can cause horses to experience more serious signs within a few hours—with signs including colic, stiffness, sweating, a lack of coordination, and an inability to stand.

Western Feed recalled lots M718430 and M720280 of Kountry Buffet 14% feed. The feed is in 50-pound bags with a Payback logo. The company distributed the feed in early December 2011 to retailers in Nebraska and Wyoming.

Consumers may contact Western Feed at (308) 247-2601.