January 18, 2001
For more information contact: lauren Ornelas 404/315-8881
Duck Meat Recall
Viva! advises consumers to stay clear of duck meat
Viva! has just learned that over 4,000 pounds of duck meat from Serenade
Foods (also doing business as Maple Leaf Farms) has been voluntarily pulled
because it might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according
to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness, nausea
and can potentially be fatal, particularly for those with weak immune
“The intensive confinement of animals in factory farms is breeding diseases
that can be harmful to people,” said lauren Ornelas, US Campaigns Director
for Viva! “We once again encourage people to protect animals and their
own health and boycott duck meat.”
Viva! has been waging a campaign against the duck industry’s cruelty since
September of 2000. Viva!’s undercover footage of Maple Leaf’s farms in
several states showed ducks in filthy conditions.
Factory farmed ducks are forced to live in crowded conditions, indoors,
without enough water to immerse their heads. Most farms offer ducks water
only in the form of nipple drinkers (a pipe with holes where water drops
out). Without an adequate amount of water, these aquatic birds find it
difficult to keep warm and they may also develop eye problems that can
result in blindness. Most companies—including Maple Leaf Farms—also practice
de-billing. This process involves amputating a portion of the duck’s sensitive
Viva! is working to convince stores such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s
and Wal-Mart SuperCenters to stop carrying duck meat – especially from
companies such as Maple Leaf Farms and Grimaud of California.
For more information, including our 30
page report on the duck industry in the United States, contact Viva!
or see our website at www.vivausa.org.