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FDA: no illnesses after eating contaminated pork

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) say no human illnesses have been associated with pork products from pigs that ate feed with the chemical melamine.

In addition, the likelihood of such illness is very low.


This is why FDA is not issuing a recall of products from contaminated animals, but pigs that have eaten the contaminated product will not be allowed to enter the food supply.


Quarantine
Approximately 6,000 pigs on eight operations have been quarantined from the food supply, and USDA has offered to compensate producers who cull hogs that ate the contaminated feed.


FDA determined that a shipment of rice protein imported from China was contaminated with melamine and melamine-related compounds. The protein was used for producing pet food and a by-product was used for pig feed.


Evidence
In addition, neither FDA nor USDA found any evidence of harm to the swine that ate the contaminated product.


As of last week, sites in the following states are believed to have received contaminated products: California, Kansas, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Utah.


Related website:
• Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
• US Department of Agriculture (USDA)


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