Wednesday November 20, 2019

Chicken and Mutton Bones Found in Digestive System of Stray Cattle from Calangute Village

They feed on whatever they can find

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Desi cattle do not eat chicken or mutton willingly. Pixabay

Days after Goa’s Garbage Management Minister Michael Lobo claimed that stray cattle in the state’s coastal belt have “turned non-vegetarian”, trustee of a cow shelter where such animals are being relocated, has confirmed the unusual trend.

Kamlakant Tari, trustee of Mayem-based Gomantak Gosevak Mahasangh in North Goa, told IANS that chicken and mutton bones were found in the digestive system of the stray cattle from Calangute village that were brought to the shelter and were operated up on by the shelter’s veterinarians.

“Desi cattle do not eat chicken or mutton willingly. They feed on whatever they can find. Big restaurants in the Calangute area or other hotels mix all their leftovers — vegetables, cooked rice, chicken and mutton bones, which the strays feed on,” Tari said.

“Animals don’t know what they’re eating. They feed on mixed leftovers by coastal restaurants and beach shacks in the Calangute-Candolim beach area and get used to eating these things. We found bones in stomachs of cattle after we operated upon them,” Tari added.

Chicken, Mutton, Bones
Kamlakant Tari, trustee of Mayem-based Gomantak Gosevak Mahasangh in North Goa, told IANS that chicken and mutton bones were found in the digestive system of the stray cattle from Calangute village that were brought. Pixabay

He also claimed unlike local cattle breeds, which feed on grass, foreign breeds like Jersey and Holstein cows are fed meat with fodder.

On Saturday, Lobo had claimed that stray cattle in his Assembly constituency of Calangute, home to popular tourism savvy beach stretches, were turning carnivore due to their habit of scavenging leftover food and garbage, which includes scraps of meat and fish.

“We always say cattle are vegetarian. But cattle from Calangute have turned non-vegetarian and do not eat grass, gram or the special cattle feed given to them,” Lobo had said on Saturday.

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Some 76 stray cattle had been relocated to Tari’s cow shelter last week, where veterinarians have now been roped in to wean them away from their carnivorous habits. (IANS)

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Contamination Forces over 2mn Pounds of Chicken Products Recall in US

There has been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products

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The agency said that the problem was discovered by Simmons during further processing and urged the public to throw out or return the products, reports Xinhua news agency. Pixabay

More than 2 million pounds of chicken products were recalled in eight US states over contamination fears.

Approximately 2,071,397 pounds of Simmons Prepared Foods poultry products were part of the recall, Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Thursday, adding saying they were shipped to retailers in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

The agency said that the problem was discovered by Simmons during further processing and urged the public to throw out or return the products, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Approximately 2,071,397 pounds of Simmons Prepared Foods poultry products were part of the recall, Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Thursday. Pixabay

“There has been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider,” the agency warned.

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The Arizona-based Simmons Prepared Foods also issued a statement, saying the company recalled “fresh and frozen chicken products due to the potential to contain extraneous material, specifically metal”. (IANS)