Sun, Jan 04, 2004 - Page 11 News List

Mislabeling of feed posed no mad cow risk, official says

AP , OTTAWA

A federal official has confirmed mislabeling of animal feed from an Edmonton, Alberta rendering plant suspected as being the producer of feed that resulted in two cases of mad cow disease.

But the incident was a one-time violation and did not pose any risk of spreading BSE-infected material, said Sergio Tolusso, feed program co-ordinator with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Tolusso said Friday the case involved a cattle-feed product made from chicken feathers that was found to contain hog hair.

Feathers and hog hair are both considered safe as cattle feed, and they can be mixed, but in that case both ingredients are supposed to be marked.

He said the mislabeling was an isolated incident and did not result in any penalty to Northern Alberta Processing which runs the plant and is a subsidiary of West Coast Reductions.

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