On January 21, 2015, I attended a meeting of the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development, and heard the first public disclosure of a major feed contamination issue in Michigan that killed 50,000 turkeys in a single weekend in west Michigan, in August of 2014.  I also heard that the contaminated product was distributed to at least 100 farms in at least 8 states.  While both Gongwer and MIRS reporters also attended this meeting and reported on other agenda items, neither reported on this particular agenda item.  The purpose of this page is to make available documents related to this incident as they are uncovered, and to list news stories written about this event.

 

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (MDARD) DOCUMENTS

Slide deck presented by James Averill and April Hunt during the January 21, 2015 meeting of the Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development

Minutes from the January 21, 2015 meeting of the Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development

FOIA Response from MDARD January 26, 2016 stating that no food samples were tested for lasalocid by MDARD in 2014 or 2015

PRESS RELEASE from MICHIGAN SMALL FARM COUNCIL February 12, 2016 on lack of food testing for lasalocid by MDARD

 

COURT DOCUMENTS from the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County, Michigan

RESTAURANT RECYLCING, LLC and SUPERIOR FEED INGREDIENTS, LLC v SHUR-GREEN FARMS, LLC; GLYCERIN TRADERS, LLC; ZOETIS, INC.; and HERITAGE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, LLC

WHITE ACRES, LLC;  H & H TURKEY FARMS ; CROCKERY CREEK TURKEY FARMS, LLC; HIGH LEAN PORK, INC.; GREAT LAKES PORK, INC.; HURON PORK, LLC; SIETSEMA FARMS FEEDS, L.L.C.; FARM BUREAU MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF MICHIGAN; FRANKENMUTH INSURANCE COMPANY; and NATIONWIDE AGRIBUSINESS INSURANCE COMPANY v  SHUR-GREEN FARMS, LLC; ZOETIS OF DELAWARE, INCSUPERIOR FEED INGREDIENTS, LLC; RESTAURANT RECYCLING, LLC; GLYCERIN TRADERS, LLC;  and HERITAGE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, LLC

Preliminary witness list from Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance

 

PUBLIC DOCUMENTS and FOIA REQUESTS

FDA Notice of Shur-Green Farms Voluntary Recall of Soyoil/Lacadoil 10.23.2014

483 Report for Shur-Green Farms 11.19.2014 

483 Response from Shur-Green Farms 12.17.2014

FOIA REQUEST MADE BY RESTAURANT RECYLCING SERVICES, INCLUDING CUSTOMER LIST 11.25.2014

483 Report for Glycerin Traders of LaPorte Indiana  12.23.2014

FDA Warning Letter to Shur-Green Farms 4.24.2015 (from FDA website)

FDA Warning Letter Response from Shur-Green Farms 6.8.2015

Analysis of lasalocid residues in grease and fat using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, published June 2015

Zoetis Form 10-Q Report to the SEC, filed on August 6, 2015 (search for "lasalocid" within this document to find relevant section)

 

NON-NEWS STORIES:  GONGWER AND MIRS were the only news organizations in attendance at the January 21, 2015 meeting, but failed to report on 50,000 turkey deaths and the contaminant that spread to at more than 100 farms in at least 8 states.  

GONGWER REPORT, January 21, 2015

MIRS REPORT, January 22, 2015

 

NEWS STORIES:  The slide deck and minutes from the Jan. 21 meeting were eventually sent to a few reporters, resulting in a small amount of press on the incident:

Bonnie Bucqueroux, MI Food News, January 26, 2015:  Echoes of PBB?  Contaminated Feed on four MI farms

Kevin Walker, Farm World, February 4, 2015:  Turkey deaths trigger recall of contaminated oil product

Rosemary Parker, mLIVE, February 10, 2015:  Contaminated feed that killed 50,000 turkeys at West Michigan farm subject of federal probe 

Jayne Byrne, Feed Navigator, February 10, 2015:  Federal inquiry 'ongoing' into tainted feed linked turkey deaths

Kevin Walker, Farm World, February 19, 2015:  Turkey farms’ owner: How did deadly feed get contaminated?

Poultry Med, February 19, 2015:  Federal investigators are looking into the death of tens of thousands of turkeys on a West Michigan farm

Rosemary Parker, mLIVE, May 18, 2015:  Drug-tainted oil, sold as food-grade, caused Michigan turkey farm disaster, FDA says 

Jane Byrne, Feed Navigator, May 19, 2015: US company accused of knowingly supplying tainted feed 

Gabrielle Saulsbery, Modern Farmer, May 22, 2015:  Mass Poultricide Blamed on Drug-tainted Feed 

Jayne Byrne, Feed Navigator, June 18, 2015:  Firm in tainted feed incident says FDA claims disputable

 

Lasalocid Backgrounder

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Slide 11, numbered in left column