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USDA: 20 mln birds on farms may have had bad feed
May 4, 2007 / 10:14 PM / 11 years ago

USDA: 20 mln birds on farms may have had bad feed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Friday as many as 20 million chickens currently on U.S. farms in several states may have been fed contaminated feed.

<p>In this file photo Chicks free of the bird flu virus await purchasing at a Houston feed and farm supply store February 24, 2004. REUTERS/Richard Carson</p>

A USDA official said the birds must be held until the government can complete a risk assessment to determine if they can be processed. The results could come as early as Monday.

The birds were among those believed to have been given contaminated feed with pet food containing melamine, a chemical used in plastics and fertilizer. It is uncertain how many chickens have been processed.

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