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
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
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PUBLIC DOCUMENTS and FOIA REQUESTS
FDA Warning Letter to Shur-Green Farms 4.24.2015 (from FDA website)
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.
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