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The US Department Of Agriculture (USDA) has said that some 56,000 pigs that ate feed tainted with industrial chemicals such as melamine – which originated with wheat gluten imported from China – can be slaughtered and allowed into the human food chain.

According to USDA, the toxic compounds are so diluted as to be harmless to people who eat meat from the pigs.

However, some 80,000 birds that ate contaminated feed remain off the market.
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