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Poultry in toxin scare cleared for sale

by 5m Editor
14 November 2006, at 10:22am

AUSTRALIA - Queensland health authorities say 150,000 chickens exposed to potentially toxic levels of a chemical used to control parasites are safe to eat.

A total of 200,000 chickens at two poultry farms near Brisbane were exposed to a food mix containing dangerous levels of Nicarbazin. About 49,000 chickens died.

Queensland Health and Safe Food Queensland has given the surviving chickens the all-clear for sale to the public after testing showed the remaining birds were not contaminated.

It is not known when the poultry will be on supermarket shelves or even when they'll be distributed for sale. Queensland Health acting chief health officer Linda Selvey said today the animals did not retain the chemical and were safe to eat.

She declined to name the two farms affected. "We believe that the meat is suitable for eating and we are obligated under the Food Safety Act not to reveal such identities," she said.

Source: The Australian

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