Harmful, Deadly Substances Plague 'Deer Corn' Feed

By Kevin Kitt

Harmful, Deadly Substances Plague 'Deer Corn' Feed

May 1, 2013 Updated May 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - The wildlife feed, Deer Corn, has been pulled from Rural King store shelves in seven states because some bags showed contamination from aflatoxins.

The product was first collected and analyzed in Indiana by the Office of Indiana State Chemist, based at Purdue University, following a customer request for information.

According to officials, the tested samples indicated that the corn was not suitable as a feed for wildlife and could potentially be harmful to humans exposed to the aflotoxin dust. Animals that consume high levels of aflatoxins could die. Aflatoxins, substances produced by molds that grow on grain, also are a potential human carcinogen.

Robert L. Geiger, feed administrator in state chemist's office, said the level of aflatoxins found in the Deer Corn exceeded levels the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers safe.

Deer Corn, packaged in camouflage printed bags, is the only feed product banned from purchase at Rural King, which operates 63 retail stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri. Customers who bought the product should return it to a Rural King store.

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