FDA Issues Warning After Six Horses Die From Monensin Poisoning In Minnesota

The FDA has issued a warning to feed manufacturers and horse owners to be cautious of possible monensin contamination in horse feed. The warning came after six horses, all owned by the same person and stabled together, died in June and July of this year.

Investigators suspect feed mixed by Gilman Co-Op Creamery in Minnesota was inadvertently contaminated with monensin. An ionophore drug approved for use in cattle and poultry feed to prevent coccidial infections and increase feed efficiency, monensin is highly toxic to horses, even at low doses.

The FDA inspection of the facility found that cattle feed containing monensin was mixed on the same day as the special mix equine feed purchased by the horse owner, and that the machinery was not adequately cleaned out to remove the monensin before mixing the horse feed.

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