FDA: contaminated pork won't enter food chain
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) have jointly announced that hogs found to have
eaten feed contaminated with melanine will not be approved to enter the food
Both USDA and FDA emphasised that "the likelihood of illness after eating
pork from swine fed the adulterated product would be very
Not a human health concern
According to officials,
scientific research indicates that melamine alone, at detected levels, is not a
human health concern. However, no scientific data exist to ascertain the effects
of combining melamine and melamine-related compounds.
USDA said it
cannot rule out the possibility that food produced from animals that consumed
contaminated feed might also be contaminated, which is why the agency cannot
place the mark of inspection on it.
pig food was traced after pet food was found to be contaminated by melanine, an
industrial chemical used in plastics and fertiliser, said to have killed over
4,000 cats and dogs by kidney failure and have sickened thousands
Tests revealed potential melamine contamination, thought to be
originating from an infected rice protein shipment from China, has been traced
to hog farms in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Utah and
Samples of hog urine from farms in
three of the states, California, North Carolina and South Carolina, have tested
positive for melamine. FDA said it hadn't yet received test results from the
identified hog farms in other states.
A USDA spokeswoman said about
6,000 hogs in the US are believed to be infected.
â€¢ United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
â€¢ Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
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