Livestock feed recalled over possible mad cow violation

Livestock feed ingredients shipped to nine states, including Alabama, may have been contaminated with cattle remains in violation of a 1997 ban to protect against mad cow disease.

Connecticut-based H-J Baker and Brothers is recalling three livestock feed ingredients, including two used to supplement feed given to dairy cows. A company executive said a sample tested by the Food and Drug Administration was positive for cattle meat and bone meal.

Mad cow disease is only known to spread when cows eat feed containing brain and other nerve tissue from infected cattle.

The company announced the recall in the wake of ongoing Food and Drug Administration inspections of its Albertville plant. The inspections have found manufacturing and clerical issues.

The company shipped the ingredients to feed manufacturers and dairy farms in the following states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi and Tennessee. The company is notifying its customers of the voluntary recall. It does not know how much of the feed ingredients it sold.