DES MOINES – Due to the ongoing flood concerns along the Missouri River, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today reminded farmers that grain impacted by flood waters, whether in the field or in a bin, is considered adulterated and cannot be used for feed or food.
The grain impacted by flood should be destroyed and not blended with uncontaminated grain. This warning does not apply to immature crops that have been flooded before producing grain.
“There is the potential for a wide variety of contaminants to enter grain through flood waters, so any corn or soybeans that have been submerged are considered adulterated and must be destroyed,” Northey said. “It appears that most of the stored grain has been moved out of areas threatened by flooding, but we wanted to alert farmers and elevators so they can still move grain if necessary.
In the rare situations where the flood waters are 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 Missouri River flood waters are considered contaminated and not likely to create situations where grain can be salvaged.
Flood damaged grain is considered adulterated under Chapter 198.7 of the Iowa Code. The Code 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.
Flooding and Stored Grain