Dead Birds Found Across State Prompt Bird Food Recall

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updated 12:49 p.m. PT, Wed., March. 11, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Several dead wild birds found across North Carolina have tested positive for salmonella, prompting an investigation that lead to the recall of a wild bird food, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Tuesday afternoon.

Kentucky-based Burkmann Feeds said it was recalling its Wild Birds Unlimited Wildlife Blend after tests conducted by the NCDA&CS revealed the presence of salmonella bacteria.

The food was sold exclusively at Wild Birds Unlimited stores.

“We are pleased that the testing has enabled us to remove contaminated feed from the market,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said. “Food safety is a No. 1 priority for this department, for both humans and animals.”

People handling contaminated wild bird food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands.




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