Salmonella found in bird food

March 10, 2009 1:41:12 PM PDT
Kentucky based Burkmann Feeds is voluntarily recalling Wild Birds Unlimited Wildlife Blend bird food after tests in North Carolina found salmonella bacteria. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Food and Drug Protection Division began an investigation following reports of salmonella in dead wild birds found in various locations throughout the state.

Burkmann is recalling 20-pound packages of Wild Birds Unlimited Wildlife Blend bird food with the specific manufacturing date code of 81132200 2916 08124, sold exclusively at Wild Birds Unlimited Stores.

The department initiated an investigation NCDA&CS is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to identify the source of contamination at the manufacturer.

“We are pleased that the testing has enabled us to remove contaminated feed from the market,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Food safety is a number one priority for this department, for both humans and animals.”

Wild Birds Unlimited Inc. and Burkmann Feeds are cooperating to remove all affected product from Wild Birds Unlimited franchisees. NCDA&CS is advising consumers to discard the product, avoid touching unsealed product with bare hands and wash their hands thoroughly after touching unsealed product


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