Poultry declared safe after toxin scare
More than 150,000 chickens exposed to potentially toxic
levels of a chemical used to control parasites are safe to eat, according to
Australian health authorities.
200,000 chickens at two poultry farms near Brisbane were exposed to a food
mix containing dangerous levels of Nicarbazin. Almost a quarter of the chickens
Queensland Health acting chief health officer Linda Selvey said the
chemical was not retained in the animals, so they 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.
"They are absolutely safe. Some of their colleagues have ingested too much
of this chemical, they died but those that survived actually recovered pretty
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