A Kodiak farmer has discovered seeds from an invasive plant species prohibited in Alaska in a popular brand of poultry feed.
The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that Bells Flats Poultry LLC owner Chris Ford discovered Cirsium arvense – also known as creeping or Canada thistle – seeds in Scratch and Peck brand feed.
The Alaska Division of Agriculture’s Plant Materials Center later checked the feed brand and found three other prohibited seeds: Galeopsis tetrahit, also known as hempnettle; Avena fatua, also known as wild oats; and Polygonum convolvulus, also known as wild buckwheat or black bindweed.
The Alaska Division of Agriculture notified Scratch and Peck Feeds of the invasive species and stopped sale of three varieties of feed the seeds were found in.
Scratch and Peck Feeds did not return requests for comment.
Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com
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