INDIANA (WLFI) - The wildlife feed Deer Corn has been yanked from Rural King store shelves in seven states due to contamination in some bags.
According to Purdue University, the product was originally collected and analyzed in Indiana by the Purdue-based Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) after a customer requested information.
The tested samples showed the corn was not suitable as a feed for wildlife and could be harmful to humans exposed to the aflatoxin dust.
Animals that consume high levels of aflatoxins could die. Aflatoxins are substances produced by molds that grow on corn, and are also a potential human carcinogen.
State Chemist's Office Feed Administrator Robert L. Geiger said the level of aflatoxins found in the Deer Corn exceeded levels the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers safe.
The OISC reached out to Rural King headquarters n Mattoon, Ill., which pulled the product from store shelves.
Deer Corn is packaged in camouflage-printed bags and 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.
If you've bought this product, you should return it to a Rural King store.
If you have questions, you can contact Geiger at firstname.lastname@example.org, your local Rural King store.
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