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Whit Johnson ReportingThe same dangerous chemical found in pet food recently may have contaminated three hog farms in Utah.
The Utah Department of Agriculture and the FDA are testing dozens of animals. The chemical is called melamine. It may have come from China and contaminated hog feed at three Utah hog farms. The names of the farms have not been released.
It's the same chemical that recently sickened and killed some pets about a month ago. Hogs in as many as five other states may have been contaminated as well.
Leonard Blackman of the Utah Department of Agriculture says, "We do not think there is any public health problem that exists in the state of Utah for our consumers or for the consumption of any pork in the state of Utah. So we encourage our citizens to simply continue with their normal practices and their normal habits."
The Department of Agriculture is placing a hold order on the sale or transportation of any of the remaining animals.
The hogs that may have been contaminated make up less than one percent of the state pork supply. Even if they were contaminated, it's unknown what the human effect would be after consumption.
Tests are underway right now on the animals at three Utah hog farms. The results should be available late this week at the earliest.