The USDA is releasing 80,000 chickens that ate contaminated pet food into the human food supply citing the dilution effect. Our readers have coined the term “melachickens” to describe such animals.
USDA release says:
Testing of meat from poultry exposed to the feed in question confirms that melamine does not accumulate in birds and is eliminated by the body quickly. The testing also reinforces the conclusions of a human health risk assessment that there is a very low risk of illness from the consumption of meat from animals exposed to the feed in question. Poultry held on farms appear healthy, which will be confirmed upon the rigorous inspection that USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service conducts on all poultry during processing.