RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Kentucky-based manufacturer is voluntarily recalling 20-pound bags of bird food after tests revealed the presence of Salmonella bacteria.
A statement released Tuesday said tests conducted by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Food and Drug Protection Division revealed the problem with Wild Birds Unlimited Wildlife Blend, made by Burkmann Feeds.
The bags carry the manufacturing date code of 81132200291608124. The bird food is sold exclusively at Wild Birds Unlimited.
The department initiated an investigation after salmonellosis was found in dead wild birds throughout North Carolina. The department is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine the source of contamination.
Officials advise consumers to throw out the bird food, avoid touching unsealed bags and wash their hands thoroughly if they do touch unsealed bags.