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Avian Flu Infected Chickens Might Be Used For Pet Food


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About 3/4 of the way down in the article - note that they may decide to allow the chicken remains to be used for pet food. At times like this, I am so glad I give home-made food to my dogs.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102618675

 

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"But that may not necessarily be the course of action at Sunrise. Carcasses could be removed from the property altogether, presenting another challenge: transportation. Experts say off-site removal runs the risk of spreading the virus. Sealed trucks must be used, and their routes strictly limited to landfills or rendering facilities. Rendering is the process of converting animal tissue into "value-added" products—everything from pet and livestock feed to biofuels and detergent."

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I'm with you. It's just one reasons I don't feed cheap food. My guys get the best. I had them 100% on raw but then lost my supplier(found a nail in it one day!). So now I have to supplement with people food and kibble( Orijen /Solid Gold/Fromm's) until I find another supplier of the large quantities of raw I use.

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Donna, have you tried G&C Raw? They are based in Cincinnati, but deliver once a month to Louisville and Indiana. I use them and so far everything has been good! Here is their website. If you email them they will send you their price list and delivery schedule. http://www.gnc-raw.com/

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Leaving aside the other concerns about using sick animals in pet food (traces of antibiotics etc, for instance) flu is a virus and would be very easily killed by the cooking process. There wouldn't be any risk of infection to dogs eating the food. Rendered carcases are not exactly high quality pet food though, are they?

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Leaving aside the other concerns about using sick animals in pet food (traces of antibiotics etc, for instance) flu is a virus and would be very easily killed by the cooking process. There wouldn't be any risk of infection to dogs eating the food. Rendered carcases are not exactly high quality pet food though, are they?

 

 

True, the flu is not so much of a concern if the food is cooked - but, not sure what the "rendering process" consists of (see link). More of a concern is what the flu does to the body and organs since this is what presumably killed the bird.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendering_%28animal_products%29

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Flu probably didn't kill most of these birds. Once it's detected on a farm the whole flock is destroyed because it's so contagious. They assume all are sick or carriers. So the amount of damage to most is probably minimal.

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