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Feed company hasn’t pulled food linked to St. Helena horse deaths

Despite being linked to the deaths of three horses on St. Helena Island, the feed that likely killed them remains on the shelf.

A spokesperson for ADM Alliance Nutrition confirmed it produced the feed – ADM Alliance 12 percent Pellets – believed to have killed the horses last month at Camelot Farms Equestrian Center. Another horse is seriously ill and will likely be euthanized, farm owner Mark Kennedy said Friday.

The deaths are blamed on a supplement used in cattle feed that is poisonous to horses. A sample of the feed sent to the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at Michigan State University came back positive for the supplement, called monensin.

The spokesperson for Chicago-based ADM said it is working with the farm owners and authorities to “investigate these allegations.”

“We have not received any other reports or complaints about monensin in our horse feed,” spokesperson Jackie Anderson said in a statement. She declined further comment.

Camelot Farms owners believe the tainted feed came from 70 bags they purchased in late November from G&G Feed & Seed in Beaufort.

The feed was still for sale at the store Friday, according to G&G owner Gene Kirkland.

On Dec. 14, one boarder’s horse and another that belonged to the Kennedys began showing colic symptoms, an indication of a serious digestive problem.

But the two horses deteriorated quickly and died within 72 hours.

On Dec. 17, another boarded horse began showing similar symptoms. That horse died two days later.

A fourth horse is at University of Georgia’s veterinary clinic in Athens. The horse is exhibiting the same symptoms as the others.