Whitestone Feeds, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of a single product from its beef cattle feed line. Effective immediately, all JES Premium 40 Tubs are being recalled. A farm located in Alabama reported that five of its beef cows died after having access to the subject batch of cattle tubs. Samples from the subject batch were assayed following a customer complaint.
While the exact cause of the death remains under investigation, elevated levels of non-protein nitrogen (NPN) may be the cause. Cattle exposed to elevated NPN may exhibit rapid breathing, tremors and slight incoordination followed by severe incoordination, excessive salivation and labored breathing. Eventually, afflicted animals lose the ability to stand. Generally, if not treated, animals may die within four hours. If producers have animals that have consumed this product and have any of these symptoms, producers should contact their local veterinarian for assistance. In a precautionary move to prevent any further loss of livestock, this particular product will be removed from the line and unavailable for purchase until further notice.