Sunday, May 06, 2007

20 million chickens taken off the market in U.S.

About 20 million chickens being raised for human consumption in several states have been taken off the market. The Chickens ate feed made with melamine-tainted pet food and have been placed on a marketing hold to keep them from entering the food supply, Agriculture Department officials said Friday night.

The agency called for the "voluntary hold" late Friday, pending completion of a government risk analysis to determine whether the animals would be safe for people to eat. The move, which involves major market brands, marked a significant escalation of the pet food scandal, which started with tainted ingredients from China.

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