A large animal nutrition supplier has recalled batches of its whey and skim milk replacers after the products were made with too much vitamin A and started to make lambs ill.

A large animal nutrition supplier has recalled batches of its whey and skim milk replacers after the products were made with too much vitamin A and started to make lambs ill.

Officials have warned sheep vets to report any suspected disease seen in lambs fed on Frank Wright Trouw Nutrition International‘s replacers after three farms reported the formulation had caused a range of symptoms consistent with excessive vitamin A.

Frank Wright Trouw has recalled batches of its whey and skim milk replacers after the products started to make lambs ill.In a statement issued today (April 20) the manufacturer said it “deeply regretted” the incident and recently manufactured products contained the correct amount of vitamin A.

According to the company only batches beginning with 224, 225, 226, 227, 228 or 229 were affected.

“Actions are in place to replace the product,” a spokesman said. “A large proportion of the affected product has been retrieved. All distributors have been informed.”

Affected lambs were between three days and four-weeks-old and clinical signs observed by practitioners have included sweating, dermatitis, urine scald, stiff gait and recumbency.

While the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) said it was confident customers were being notified, DEFRA has also called on vets and farmers to be alert to the risks posed by the withdrawn product.   

A DEFA spokesman said: “AHVLA is advising vets and farmers that where any evidence of ill health is seen, all lambs are immediately taken off the product and given an alternative.

“If any farms or veterinarians are concerned they should contact the manufacturer and their regional AHVLA laboratory for further advice.”

Those with further questions on this matter, contact Frank Wright Trouw’s technical department on 01335 341102 or 07887 736052 or its sales/commercial department on 01335 341101.

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