Allergen concerns prompt turkey burger recall

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Misbranding and an undeclared allergen prompted a recall of 15,040 lbs. of turkey burger product from Foster Farms, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The product contains a seasoning mix with hydrolyzed soy protein, a known allergen that was not declared on the label. FSIS uncovered the problem during a routine label review, the agency said, “…and occurred as a result of the company receiving a spice mix from its supplier after an ingredient reformulation request by the company to have the hydrolyzed soy ingredient removed.

“The reformulation included soy, which was not declared on the turkey burger label,” according to FSIS.

Neither FSIS nor Foster Farms has received any reports of illness or adverse reactions from consumption of the product. The turkey burger was produced on various dates between Dec. 28, 2011, and May 10, 2012, and was sold for institutional use in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

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Farmer Faces 71 Animal Cruelty Charges

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“I agree with the neighbours,  it’s not just jail time this guy needs, he needs to know why his animals died & then never be allowed to own any animals or cattle again. You don’t have to be a genius to work out why they were dying, a 10 yr old could tell you, its because they were not fed or had access to enough water!!   

LOMA, Colo. — The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has charged John Lawton, 45, with 71 counts of animal cruelty after deputies seized 61 animals and found 10 others dead on his property last week.

Each charge is a class 1 misdemeanor because this is his first alleged case of animal cruelty. The charges stem from a citizen complaint on March 30th that led deputies to discover numerous cattle at his property in various stages of neglect.

Inside a police report, deputies describe noticing several animals so malnourished their bones were showing. Many cattle had their ribs, spines, or pelvic bones clearly visible through their skin.

Deputies also noted several instances of cattle tied to farming equipment or vehicles with limited access to food. In almost every case, the animals had no access to water and were often lying in their own faeces because they had not moved for a very long time.

Lawton apparently told deputies he did this so he could feed the animals individually. He also said he only fed them corn stalks because he couldn’t afford anything else, according to the report.

But, investigators had their suspicions after noticing a bull so weak he could not raise his head to eat. According to the report, Lawton would wedge a tire underneath the bull’s head to help it feed. That animal had to be euthanized on site because of its health.

According to the police report, even though almost ten animals had died on the property over the course of a few months, Lawton never understood why it was happening. He also apparently never called a veterinarian to help him figure it out because it would have been too expensive.

Still, looking out for the health of the animals that were still alive, deputies worked to move them to a feed yard in Mesa County. The seizure took place last Monday; more than a week later, the man now faces charges.

But despite the conditions described by deputies, some neighbors who know Lawton are not sure jail time is appropriate in this case. Many wouldn’t talk to our cameras, but advocated for a sentence that would bar him from ever owning livestock again.

Deputies are now waiting on test results to determine just how malnourished these animals were. “I don’t expect those results to do anything but add to the case against Mr. Lawton,” Sgt. Matt Lewis with the sheriff’s office said.

Lawton is expected to appear for advisement of the charges later this month. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 1.5 years in jail and $5,000 in fines for each of the 71 counts.

This case continues to be a collaborative effort between the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Protection, the Mesa County Attorney’s Office, and the Colorado State University Western Slope Diagnostic Laboratory.

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First Look: Allegedly Neglected Loma Livestock

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LOMA, Colo. — More than 60 cattle allegedly left to starve in Loma have been given a second chance at life. KJCT News 8 was the only media invited to see how these animals are recovering a day after sheriff’s deputies raided a local farm.

“There were a lot of different issues going on,” Sergeant Matt Lewis with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said of the farm in question. “Malnourishment, absolutely, was the center of everything.”

Lewis described a lack of food, space and mobility as just three of the reasons the sheriff’s office decided to step in. He characterized the seizure as the largest the department has ever seen.

Everything from calfs to full grown cows were taken away. And, this isn’t the first time deputies have been called to this ranch.

“A couple years ago, at least one other time, we responded to the address to check on welfare of the animals,” Lewis said. “At that time, the animals seemed to have been in good health. They had food, water, and were being taken care of.”

But, something changed from then until now. Deputies say the situation got much, much worse.

“This is something we had to intervene in now or more animals would die.”

Last week, when deputies were called to the ranch, they say the conditions were so bad that there were already between seven and ten cattle lying dead in the field. When they returned to take the animals away on Tuesday, three more had to be put down by state veterinarians.

“I want to make this clear that this is not the sheriff’s department stepping in and taking someone’s livelihood, this is us stepping in to do something to take care of these animals,” Lewis said.

A total of 61 cattle were taken to a Mesa County feed yard and are expected to make full recoveries. But, officials say it could be two months before that progress is realized.

What may be more disturbing is the fact that the owner could theoretically walk down today and get them back. “The owner has the ability to post bond for the animals right now,” Lewis noted.

Until that happens, if it does, the sheriff’s office will continue paying for the care in hopes of building a case against the owner and re-covering the costs.

“A lot of things have to fall into place, but the eventuality would be that these animals would be auctioned off and that money would go back to offset the costs of care.”

Sgt. Lewis says tests are being done on the dead animals, as well as the ones that survived, to determine the extent of the malnourishment in this case. Those results are expected to help deputies decide what charges are appropriate.

No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed in this case just yet.

Sgt. Lewis says if you find yourself in a situation where you can no longer care for you animals, there are plenty of solutions to the problem. He cautions people in this situation to ever let it get out of hand.

“One of the solutions to never consider would be to let the animals go to this point that we’re seeing here.”

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