Cargill's animal nutrition business announced July 2 a voluntary recall of its Nutrena NatureWise meatbird feed due to excess levels of sodium.
Sodium is an essential nutrient for poultry. However, excess levels of sodium in diets for meatbirds may result in pulmonary hypertension, increased mortality, reduced growth rate, increased water consumption, wet droppings and wet litter, Cargill said. Consumption of the affected feeds may have contributed to poultry illness and death. Customers should call their veterinarian if their animals have experienced adverse health effects while consuming the affected product.
The affected products were manufactured at Cargill's West Branch, Iowa, facility on April 28, 2014, and were distributed in Iowa, Illinois, and possibly Missouri. Products were sold in 40-lb. bags under the name NatureWise Meatbird 22% Crumble with the product code 91585-40 and lot code 5941181016. The product and lot codes can be found on the bottom left corner of the tag that is attached to the bag.
Cargill is taking appropriate steps to retrieve all affected products, and is continuing to investigate how the excess levels of sodium in the feed occurred.
Consumers should return remaining product to their local dealer or retailer for a replacement or full refund. For more information, including photos of products involved, visit our website at www.cargill.com/feed/meatbird-feed-recall, or call 800-367-4894 (Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time).