Well in Purina's defense NO horses got sick from the result of the aflatoxins they found in the feed. Quite honestly I am pleased with the work that Purina has done to get the bad feed off of the market, and the speed in which they had done so. The only reason they found the tainted grain was because of their strict guidelines to check all the grain that is produced, and where the grains come from that they use to produce their feeds. No other feed company has this protocol and if the roles were reversed the "other" companies would never have found the problem until horses were in fact sick, and or dying. There never was any sort of "undercover" part of the ordeal, I'm not sure where you got that information from but it has been posted all of the Internet, news, and every feed store etc. right from the get-go.
Unless you are privy to information that the rest of the world has yet to see, I just am not sure where you have come up with the facts of horses that have actually gotten sick and or any sort of "cover-up" could just be that everyone here in NH missed that part. But I would love to read the articles if you can provide them. I have included Purina's most recent posting regarding the feed recall dated May 8, 2008 for your convenience.
"Our recent aflatoxin-related voluntary feed product retrieval has resulted in a number of questions from concerned animal owners. The most recent update on this situation is provided below.
In mid-February our own incoming ingredient testing and routine state regulatory testing simultaneously indicated aflatoxin above FDA action levels in certain feeds manufactured at our Statesville, North Carolina feed plant.
We immediately implemented an internal investigation and testing regimen to determine which products might be affected and, as a precautionary measure, initiated a voluntary retrieval of affected products (February 14, 2008) even prior to receiving all testing results.
Our investigation indicated a single ingredient from a single supplier, serving three Eastern plants (Statesville, N.C.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Guilderland, N.Y.), as the aflatoxin source.
- We suspended purchases from this supplier and, as additional testing was conducted, appropriately expanded the voluntary product retrieval to include specific products, produced during specific time frames at these plants.
- Only products distributed in the following Eastern states are included in the retrieval: Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; eastern Tennessee; northern Georgia.
Products manufactured at these plants after the following dates are NOT included in the voluntary retrieval: February 8, 2008, Harrisburg and Statesville; March 10, 2008, Guilderland.
The decision was made to implement the product retrieval through local dealers, whose first-hand relationships and knowledge of customer purchasing patterns offered the best opportunity to get information regarding specific products and lot numbers to potentially affected customers as quickly and clearly as possible. Dealers have been responsive and helpful throughout the process.
As of the date of this posting, we have no confirmed cases of aflatoxin-related animal health issues. We continue to urge customers with concerns about their animals to contact local veterinarians.
We deeply regret and apologize for the concern this situation may be causing our customers. Animal health and welfare, along with customer trust and confidence, remain our utmost priorities. We are continually evaluating measures to further strengthen our quality programs.
For a list of products included in the voluntary retrieval, use the following plant-specific links (link directs to a PDF download on the Purina Mills Web site): Statesville, N.C.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Guilderland, N.Y. Note: No other plants are involved in the product retrieval."
On another note I do agree with you that horse owners are funny about their beliefs. Most honestly believe what they know is gospel. And typically that is based on personal experience. However no horse is the same and sometimes will not respond exactly the same in different scenarios regardless if it is feed, hoof care, vet care, or training etc. That is all part of the learning curve and why an open and understanding outlook is best policy.
So for the OP try what you and your vet agree to be best for your horse in it's lifestyle. That is your best bet no doubt!