Millions of chickens -- contaminated with a harmful pesticide -- have had to be destroyed on several farms in the state of Mississippi.
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Background: Millions of chickens -- contaminated with a harmful pesticide -- have had to be destroyed on several farms in the state of Mississippi.
The chickens--some ten million of them--were the right age and weight for the broiler market.
But a United States Federal monitoring programme found they were contaminated with traces of an obsolete pesticide. It was not known where the pesticide came from. But it was confined to a few large flocks.
The Federal agents estimated that four million chickens would have to be destroyed at a cost of 2,000 U.S. dollars (approximately GBP 800,000 sterling) to get rid of less than a pound of the pesticide.
The chickens were loaded into the backs of trucks and destroyed with carbon monoxide gas pumped in from the exhaust pipes.
Another problem, once the chickens were destroyed, was to find a place to bury them which was above the underground water table, and would not allow the pesticide to spread.