The Iowa Department of Agriculture sent out a warning this week, reminding farmers that grain impacted by flood waters in 2010, whether in the field or in a bin, is considered adulterated and cannot be used for feed or food. If the damaged grain still in the field and hasn't been harvested yet, it should be destroyed and not blended with uncontaminated grain.
"There is the potential for a wide variety of contaminants to enter grain through flood waters, so any corn or soybeans that were submerged during the 2010 growing season are considered adulterated and must be destroyed," says Bill Northey, Iowa secretary of agriculture.
In the rare situations where the water flooding the field was not contaminated, the grain may be reconditioned. Before being sold, the grain must be reconditioned with the written consent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The floods of 2010 in Iowa contained uncontrolled flood waters that are considered contaminated.
Flood damaged grain is considered adulterated under Chapter 198.7 of the Iowa Code. That state law prohibits the manufacturing or distribution of any food or feed from ingredients that are adulterated. A short fact sheet further outlining the handling of flood damaged grain can be found on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov.