POSTED: 4:23 p.m. EDT, May 2, 2007
NEW YORK (CNN) -- People have eaten millions of chickens that were given feed tainted with recalled pet food, federal officials said Tuesday, though they said the threat to human health is minimal.
The announcement came after an investigation of chicken farms in Indiana found that 38 of the facilities had given contaminated feed to poultry raised for human consumption, and that 2.5 million to 3 million people ate them.
The officials added that they expect to discover that chickens on possibly hundreds of farms in other states were also given tainted feed.
In a teleconference with reporters, an official with the Food and Drug Administration said no recall has been issued because "the likelihood of illness after eating chicken fed the contaminated product is very low." (Blog: Melamine 'dilution' means human risk is probably lower )
No human illnesses have been reported related to the feed, officials with the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
There is much more here.
I have about as much faith in the FDA as I have in the Bush justice department. This problem has been with us for months now, and just last week they were saying that it was highly unlikely that any human food was contaminated. Perhaps the first few deaths that result from this will be passed off as “resulting from an unknown flu-like disease”, and then we will be justified in calling for the resignation of the Bush appointed Ronald McDonald type in charge of the investigation. How pissed should we be?