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More tainted feed suspected at more farms

US federal health investigators suspect that they will find more farms that received tainted animal feed but stressed that the threat to people is minimal. 'It was only a small portion of what the poultry was fed, and human consumers will only use poultry as a small portion of their diet', according to Dr. David Acheson from USDA.

On Monday, investigators announced that byproducts from tainted pet food had been used in chicken feed on some farms in Indiana. A few days earlier, they said that pig farms in six states may have received tainted pet food for use as feed. Dr. David Acheson said the threat level to pets is greater than to livestock or humans. "It was only a small portion of what the poultry was fed, and human consumers will only use poultry as a small portion of their diet," Acheson said.
By contrast, pets often eat the same product exclusively, he said.

No recall on poultry issued
Officials said that as many as three million young chickens out of nine billion slaughtered annually may have eaten feed that potentially included an ingredient containing the melamine. They have already been slaughtered for human consumption, but because there is no evidence that consumption is unsafe, no recall has been issued.

Discovery of new cases
Acheson said that the investigation tracking contaminated pet food is complex and sweeping, which is why it could lead to the discovery of new states that are affected. "There is a distinct possibility that it will broaden," Acheson said. "I'm not saying that it will, but we need to be prepared for that to happen."

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