Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Dangerous Food: Joint Update: FDA/USDA Finds Contaminated Poultry

The USDA and the FDA) have learned that byproducts from pet food manufactured with contaminated wheat gluten imported from China have been used in chicken feed on some farms in the state of Indiana. This information came to light as part of the continuing investigation into imported rice protein concentrate and wheat gluten that have been found to contain melamine and melamine-related compounds.

At this time, the investigation indicates that approximately 30 broiler poultry farms and eight breeder poultry farms in Indiana received contaminated feed in early February and fed it to poultry within days of receiving it. All of the broilers believed to have been fed contaminated product have since been processed. The breeders that were fed the contaminated product are under voluntary hold by the flock owners.

Source: FDA.

My comment: This is just the beginning of what may be an epidemic and years long series of instances involving contaminated food. Reports will become more common (and incidents more widespread) , rather than less common.