Tainted Pet Food: Chickens Too
First, tainted hog meat entered the food supply, now, the FDA reports that millions of chickens that also ate some of the pet food contaminated with melamine hit the U.S. market back in February. E.J. Mundell and Steven Reinberg of HealthDay News have more:
Up to 3 million broiler chickens were fed melamine-tainted pet food and then sold on the U.S. market beginning in early February, U.S. health officials said in a press conference held late Tuesday.
The contaminated pet product made its way into poultry feed at 38 Indiana farms, 30 of which produced broiler chickens destined for restaurants and supermarkets, said officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Approximately 2.5 million to 3 million chickens fed contaminated pet food have already been sold, Kenneth Peterson, assistant administrator for field operations at the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, said during the teleconference. "That's out of a total of 9 billion broilers processed in the U.S. each year," he noted.
Experts from both agencies downplayed any potential threat to human health.If ask me, heads should roll over this. Our food supply is precious and should be protected.
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