Contaminated pigs safe for consumption
Tests done by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) confirms
that meat from pigs that ate rations supplemented with pet food scraps
containing melamine and related compounds is safe for human consumption. USDA
therefore allows these pigs to be processed for human consumption.
Testing of meat from pigs exposed to the feed in question confirms that
melamine and melamine compounds does not accumulate in pork and is filtered out
of the body by the action of the kidneys, according to the USDA. The testing
supports the statement that there is a very low risk of human illness from the
consumption of meat from animals exposed to the feed in question.
Approximately 56,000 pigs on farms in California,
North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Kansas, Utah and Illinois consumed the feed containing melamine. USDA will provide
compensation to producers for certain additional costs incurred as a result of
voluntarily holding the animals.
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