Ohio Division of Meat Inspection: No animals condemned due to train derailment chemicals
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) released a new fact sheet Monday to ensure the meat supply is safe following the East Palestine train derailment.
According to the release, more than 2,750 animals have been inspected at facilities in Columbiana, Mahoning Portage, Trumbull and Start counties since the derailment.
None of the 2,750 animals have been flagged for symptoms of chemical exposure.
The best practices outlined by the ODA's Division of Meat Inspection list a number of questions and answers for inspectors on what to look for.
There are a number of symptoms associated with chemical exposure from the derailment. Those include the following:
- Labored breathing
- Runny nose
- Excessive salivation
If an inspector notices a sick animal, the animal is not permitted to enter the plant and a veterinarian must be called to assess them.
After an animal is slaughtered, inspectors conduct another examination postmortem.
Of the 2,750 animals that have been inspected, 35 dispositions have been performed and only five animals were condemned.
Those five animals were not condemned due to symptoms of chemical exposure.