Deer feed recalled due to mold
Rural King Distributing of Mattoon, Ill., is recalling 205 tons of deer corn, because of the potential of being contaminated with a naturally occurring mold called aflatoxin, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced.
Animals that have consumed the recalled deer corn may exhibit illness symptoms, including sluggishness, lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes, or diarrhea, the FDA stated in a news release. Consumption of feed containing high amounts of aflatoxin can be fatal to some animals.
No illnesses have been reported since the recall was announced May 15, according to the FDA. Deer corn was distributed to 63 retail stores in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan
The mold issue was discovered from testing by the Office of the Indiana State Chemist.
Deer corn is tested to guarantee the feed is safe for all wildlife, including quail and other game birds, according to the company's web site.
Consumers are urged to return deer corn to the Rural King store where they have purchased for full reimbursement.
Consumers with questions may call Rural King at 1-800-561-1752 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST.
For the 14 Rural King store locations in Ohio, visit the Rural King website.