Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

September 1968


The Food & Drug Administration is concerned about birds in two areas. One is the direct contamination of foods, drugs and cosmetics by birds and the other is the possible contamination of these products by the chemicals used to control birds. Since its conception, the Food & Drug Administration has been concerned about the contamination of foodstuffs by birds. Like all animals, they have both their good and bad points. The one bad point is that they are carriers of certain diseases. In addition, the consumer of today is not ready to accept products which have been contaminated by fecal material or feathers of birds. Federal law prohibits the introduction or offer for introduction into interstate channels of any food, drug, cosmetic or device which is adulterated or the adulteration after receipt from interstate commerce.