Melamine contamination traced to chicken feed

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON — Byproducts from pet food manufactured with contaminated wheat gluten imported from China have been used in chicken feed on some farms in Indiana, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. The announcement follows a similar announcement that the contaminated wheat gluten had been fed to hogs in several states.

The federal investigation indicates that approximately 30 broiler and 8 breeder poultry farms received the contaminated feed in early February and subsequently fed it to the birds. All of the broilers have since been processed.

Government officials believe the likelihood of the contaminated feed causing illness in people who eat the chickens fed the feed to be very low. No recall of poultry products processed from the birds is being issued.

Both F.D.A. and U.S.D.A. investigators anticipate that as the investigation continues that additional farms likely will be identified that received the feed.

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