- Hundreds of pounds of illegally imported meat and chicken
have been confiscated by federal and state investigators.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture worked with the Michigan
Department of Agriculture on a raid at a Troy warehouse. Investigators
found chicken, goose and pork products from areas in China affected by
bird flu, Local 4 reported.
- USDA investigators seized more than 1,600 pounds of illegally
imported poultry and pork products, the station reported. Most of the products
were mislabeled and put in boxes that read frozen tilapia, according to
- "This is absolutely a public health issue. Food
safety and public health are our number one concerns," said Brad Deacon,
emergency management coordinator for the state Agriculture Department.
- Investigators said they have traced the illegal imports
to a Genesee County businessman who owns the Troy warehouse but seems to
have disappeared, Local 4 reported.
- "The public should know that health departments
in the state are out looking in warehouses and backrooms and freezers to
make sure this material is not out there," said Deacon.
- The warehouse has provided investigators with a list
of about 300 restaurants and food stores it delivers to, and investigators
will follow up with those businesses to locate all of the illegal meat,
Local 4 reported.
- Doctors said that cooking meat to its proper temperature
should eliminate any risk of infection to humans.
- Stay with Local 4 News and ClickOnDetroit.com for the