Discarded tomatoes used as animal feed

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008

KENAI - The staff at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage has figured out a way to use all those tomatoes that were chucked during the recent salmonella scare.

Mike Miller, executive director of AWCC, said they've been feeding the tomatoes to its animals. The center received four tons of tomatoes from Carrs/Safeway, Miller said.

The tomatoes are potentially harmful to humans, but suitable for consumption by the animals, he said. AWCC is now feeding about 1,000 pounds per day to its collection of musk ox, moose, elk, caribou, bison and other animals.

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