First is was cats and dogs, then pigs and now chickens – just how safe is the US food supply?

The Washington Post reported this morning, in part:

At least 2.5 million broiler chickens from an Indiana producer were fed pet-food scraps contaminated with the chemical melamine and subsequently sold for human consumption, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Hundreds of other producers may have similarly sold an unknown number of contaminated poultry in recent months, they added, painting a picture of much broader consumption of contaminated feed and food than had previously been acknowledged in the widening pet-food scandal.

100,000 Indiana chickens that ate the melamine-laced food and are still alive have been quarantined and will be destroyed as a precautionary measure, as will any other animals that turn up as the investigation continues to expand.

  • C. Fauster

    This spring, I and several people I know experienced some health problems serious enough to make us go on meat free diets after frequently eating chicken and other meats and fish. I am still having a lot of problems and, this recent news about the melamine in the feed does not surprise me or the others since we felt something was “not right” with what we ate. My question is, whom do we contact to report that humans may have been affected and, how can we get tested for any food related affects? More than just the melamine, we feel that for too long our food sources have been less than healthy. Lastly, why are we so fond of trading with China after all these years? All the products shipped to us from China-from small house decorations, to cloth/clothing, shoes, bedding, etc. have reeked of chemicals. Now, unwholesome things get in our food and pet food. Seems we need to regulate American and buy American. Can you help us with contacts? Thank you.