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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Purina Mills Voluntarily Recalls Antlermax Deer 20 Feed
Product only distributed in west Texas and eastern New Mexico

Lydia Botham

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- St. Louis, Mo., April 15, 2005 -- Purina Mills, LLC, is voluntarily recalling a specific lot of 50-pound bags of Antlermax Deer 20 deer feed. The affected product was manufactured in Lubbock, Texas, February 15, 2005, and sold after that date. It was shipped to seven feed and supply retail stores in west Texas and distributed in west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

The specific packages within the lot included in this limited recall have the lot number 5FEB15LUB1 printed on the sewing strip of each bag. Laboratory testing found a potentially harmful level of monensin sodium (Rumensin) in some bags from this lot.

Monensin sodium is a drug compound that is approved for use in some livestock species. It is not approved for use in deer feed. The FDA has limited information to assess the safety of this drug when consumed by deer and limited information to assess the potential for hazardous residues in edible tissues. Additionally, inadvertent feeding of this product to horses can be fatal because horses are especially sensitive to Monensin. You should not continue to store or use this product.

Customers who have purchased the Antlermax Deer 20 with the specified lot number are asked to return the product to their dealer for replacement.

Purina Mills discovered this issue as the result of a complaint from a deer rancher. The problem has been corrected and this voluntary recall does not include any other Purina Mills products, or other lots of Antlermax Deer 20.

Questions or concerns may be directed to the company’s Lubbock Feed Plant Customer Service Department toll free at (800) 375-8766.


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