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Old 03-21-2009, 02:03 PM   #1
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Default Bird food recalled due to Salmonella contamination

Bird food recalled due to Salmonella contamination
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TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009
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NCDA&CS Public Affairs | News Release: Bird food recalled due to salmonella contamination
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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.
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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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Default Peanuts not likely at fault for spike in Salmonella-killed birds

Peanuts not likely at fault for spike in Salmonella-killed birds
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CIDRAP >> Peanuts not likely at fault for spike in <i>Salmonella</i>-killed birds
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Mar 18, 2009 (CIDRAP News) Salmonella infections have been killing more wild birds than usual in the US Southeast this winter, but the increase does not seem related to the nationwide human disease outbreak tied to tainted peanut products, according to federal wildlife scientists.

M. Kevin Keel, DVM, PhD, of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia in Athens said testing so far has shown that the birds have been dying of a different Salmonella strain than the one in the human outbreak.

"It is Salmonella Typhimurium, and we see outbreaks of this type in birds every year, but usually not to this extent," Keel told CIDRAP News. Salmonella Typhimurium is also the serotype involved in the human outbreak, but the bird strain does not match genetically with the human cases, he said.
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