The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding southern Minnesota farmers and farm businesses that grain impacted by recent flooding may be considered adulterated if any part of the plant used for feed or food (corn ears or soybean pods, for example) came into contact with contaminated flood water.  Such product should not be used for human or animal consumption.

“As always, farmers must assess the condition and marketability of their grain based on their specific circumstances,” MDA Commissioner Gene Hugoson said.  “The risk of contamination is generally considered highest for crops that were submerged in water overflowing from rivers or streams.”

Uncontrolled flood water has the potential to contain numerous contaminants.  For this reason, flood-damaged grain may be considered adulterated under Minnesota Food Law Chapters 31.02 and 31.121 and the Minnesota Commercial Feed Law Chapter 25.37.  The Minnesota Food Law and Commercial Feed Laws prohibit the manufacturing or distribution of food or feed from ingredients that are adulterated.  Standing grain that has been in contact with contaminated flood water from a river or stream should not be blended with uncontaminated grain.

Farmers can direct specific questions to MDA’s Dairy and Food Inspection Division by calling (651) 201-6176.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website offers guidance about flood-impacted food and feed.  More details can be found here.

Source: Minnesota Department of Agriculture