H.J. Baker Bro. Inc. says it's recalling three livestock feed ingredients, including two used to supplement feed given to dairy cows, after a sample tested by FDA was found positive for cattle meat and bone meal, says Mark Hohnbaum, president of the Connecticut-based company's feed products group. The recall comes on the heels of two other FDA recalls, one for 27 million lbs. of feed produced in Michigan and the other for an unknown amount of feed produced in Kentucky ("Mammalian Protein Prompts Two FDA Feed Recalls, Aug. 11 BEEF Cow-Calf Weekly).
Cattle tissue may have contaminated two feed ingredients given to dairy cows -- Pro-Lak and Pro-Amino II -- made by H.J. Baker between August 2005 and June 2006. The third of the recalled ingredients, Pro-Pak with Porcine Meat and Bone, was mislabeled. It is used in poultry feed. The company announced the recall in the wake of ongoing FDA inspections of its Albertville, AL plant.
Ruminant material is allowed in poultry feed, and the FDA says there might be cross-contamination into cattle feed because the same equipment might have been used for both species, according to Dow Jones Newswires. The company shipped the ingredients to feed manufacturers and dairy farms in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi and Tennessee.
In June, FDA announced a recall of H.J. Baker & Bro. Inc. feed supplements. Now FDA has released recall notices for individual feed producers that used H.J. Baker supplements. The company is notifying its customers of the voluntary recall. It does not know how much of the feed ingredients it sold.
-- Clint Peck