USDA OKs chickens fed tainted food in Indiana

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by robbobbin, May 18, 2007.

  1. robbobbin

    robbobbin Songster

    Jan 28, 2007

    WASHINGTON - About 80,000 chickens in Indiana that were fed contaminated pet food scraps can be released for processing because testing showed meat from the birds is safe to eat, the Agriculture Department said Friday.

    The chickens, bred to lay eggs hatched for chicks, had been held on Indiana farms after eating feed that included an industrial chemical blamed in the deaths of cats and dogs.

    Their feed was supplemented with pet food scraps containing melamine and related compounds. Testing showed that melamine does not accumulate in birds and is eliminated by their bodies quickly, the USDA said.

    Previously, the department cleared thousands of pigs given feed also made using pet food scraps.

    Melamine contamination has been blamed for the deaths of an unknown number of dogs and cats, resulting in the recall of more than 100 brands of pet food.

    While the dog and cat food was lethal to some pets, the diluted use of pet food scraps in animal feed apparently did not sicken any farm animals. Nor in turn do any of those animals pose a health risk to humans if eaten, according to the USDA and Food and Drug Administration.
  2. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    That's all the more reason to know where your food comes from. If you don't raise it or grow it yourself, then get to know the farmer that does--buy local and support your local farmers markets.
  3. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    That doesn't surprise me at all. I don't put much faith in the USDA and Food and Drug Administration.
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Can we feed it to the FDA officials and see what happens?
  5. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Quote:Ha Ha Ha haHa HA !!!!!![​IMG]
  6. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    Very good post, SpottedCrow! No more animal testing needed.

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