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Pet food probe turns to possibility of fraud
Baltimore Sun.Com ^ | April 19, 2007 | By Jonathan D. Rockoff

Posted on 04/19/2007 4:58:56 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn

WASHINGTON // Federal investigators are probing whether Chinese producers laced a key ingredient in pet food with an industrial chemical in order to boost the price of their shipments

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Referring to the contamination that has prompted the recall of more than 100 brands of pet food, investigators are trying to determine whether Chinese producers purposely added melamine to their wheat gluten shipments to Menu Foods.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adulteration; biologicalwarfare; cats; contaminatedfood; doggieping; dogs; food; foodsafety; foodsupply; healthypeople2010; melamine; menufoods; petfood; petfoodrecall; usda
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Toxic additive boosts protein and shipment value
1 posted on 04/19/2007 4:58:59 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

The article goes on to say the melamine “may” have been added on purpose to raise the nitrogen level to make it seem there was more protein .....


2 posted on 04/19/2007 5:01:23 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Milwaukee_Guy

More info........


3 posted on 04/19/2007 5:01:32 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Isn’t it just f#$king wonderful that we gave the Chicoms Most Favored Nation status?


4 posted on 04/19/2007 5:02:41 PM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

And our govt. politicians gave them a most favored trade status.


5 posted on 04/19/2007 5:04:12 PM PDT by Sun (Vote for Duncan Hunter in the primaries. See you there.)
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To: Arizona Carolyn; LucyT

...The plot thickens.


6 posted on 04/19/2007 5:04:40 PM PDT by Humidston (THOMPSON/WATTS - 2008)
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To: lesser_satan
Federal investigators are probing whether Chinese producers laced a key ingredient in pet food with an industrial chemical in order to boost the price of their shipments

Just wonderful.

7 posted on 04/19/2007 5:04:53 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Arizona Carolyn

This is beyond criminal.

Is there a ping list for these pet food recall articles or are we using the kitty and doggie ping lists?


8 posted on 04/19/2007 5:06:29 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: Sun
yep.... and this in the article:

Nitrogen levels are measured to calculate the protein content, which determines the value of a shipment

But FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach told the senator that investigators haven't been able to make the trip because they cannot get visas from the Chinese government.

IMO the Chinese have seriously underestimated the American Public's love for their pets... if this is proven to be true ----

9 posted on 04/19/2007 5:07:40 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: mom4kittys

I don’t have a set ping list..... ping anyone and everyone you know who may be interested...


10 posted on 04/19/2007 5:08:26 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: HairOfTheDog; Slings and Arrows

Ping


11 posted on 04/19/2007 5:09:30 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
I read a story where a one -ton- bag of -Melamine- was in the -same- shipment with 147 ton bags of pet food protien from China.

I don’t have a link right now.

It sure is one Queen Mother Smoking Gun though isn’t it?

WTH - Was it a “bonus” bag?

Incredible...........

12 posted on 04/19/2007 5:09:50 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
and this in the article:

Laboratory tests on the Natural Balance products indicated that they contained melamine. Natural Balance doesn't use wheat gluten, but recently began using rice protein concentrate, which the testing indicated had melamine.

The rice protein was distributed in the United States by Wilbur-Ellis Company. On Sunday, the San Francisco company found a bag with the word "melamine" stenciled on the side in a shipment of rice protein concentrate it had received from China.

The bag tested positive for melamine, and the company has sealed the rest of the shipment in a warehouse until it completes safety tests, Wilbur-Ellis said on its Web site.

13 posted on 04/19/2007 5:10:07 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: BagCamAddict

ping.. and anyone else you know who is following all of this


14 posted on 04/19/2007 5:11:04 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: PistolPaknMama; nmh; Shadowstrike

ping — I appologize, I pinged you to the wrong place a minute ago, asked mods to delete that... this is what I meant to ping you to


15 posted on 04/19/2007 5:14:34 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn
Corn gluten found in South Africa containing melamine. 30 pets dead according to their Vet association.

Yes a new additive has been contaminated!

16 posted on 04/19/2007 5:16:40 PM PDT by Milwaukee_Guy (Don't hit them between the eyes. Hit them right -in- the eyes!)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy
I read that earlier today... it got me to thinking about the Diamond Foods recall last year -- due to corn gluten. They said, at the time, it was contaminated with mold. Now I'm wondering if they told the truth.

A lot of dogs died before Cornel was able to tie the deaths back to all foods made by Diamond and distributed East of the Rockies.

17 posted on 04/19/2007 5:21:18 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; sissyjane; Severa; the OlLine Rebel; ...
Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

18 posted on 04/19/2007 5:22:07 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Humidston; blam; Judith Anne; Smokin' Joe; Lurker; alienken; WestCoastGal

Thanks, Humidston.

Pinging y’all.


19 posted on 04/19/2007 5:22:10 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Arizona Carolyn
Read the terms of the contract...

premiums paid for making the "grade"...

20 posted on 04/19/2007 5:23:27 PM PDT by pointsal (q)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Is there a list somewhere of ALL the recalled/poisoned foods? Is it only Menu or are other companies now involved? I keep seeing these articles, but lately none of them are listing the affected foods.


21 posted on 04/19/2007 5:25:38 PM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Humidston
...The plot thickens.

Well....it's got wheat gluten in it.

22 posted on 04/19/2007 5:26:59 PM PDT by Overtaxed (Drown the polar bears!)
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To: MizSterious

Natural Balance — made by Diamond Foods added their Venison to the list yesterday. I think I know where I may find a comprehensive list.. if I find it I’ll post it here.


23 posted on 04/19/2007 5:27:45 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

There was another thread on this topic alone (refusing to allow inspections)—and I agree with those who say we should just say, “Ok, but we’re canceling ALL orders until we can inspect the food.”


24 posted on 04/19/2007 5:28:06 PM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Arizona Carolyn

http://petfoodtracker.blogspot.com/


25 posted on 04/19/2007 5:28:49 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Liberals are destroying this country and our spineless politicans are helping them!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Pet food outrage ping


26 posted on 04/19/2007 5:29:38 PM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: LucyT

Nuke’m!!


27 posted on 04/19/2007 5:32:12 PM PDT by blam
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To: proudofthesouth

Good site—thank you!


28 posted on 04/19/2007 5:32:25 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta; Sue Perkick

Good site for up to date pet food info.


29 posted on 04/19/2007 5:33:32 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: MizSterious
Still looking for the list. Blue Buffalo made this announcement and there is more I will post next:

Blue Buffalo:

We have taken this action because the rice protein concentrate used for this run was obtained from Wilbur-Ellis, the same company who supplied this ingredient to Natural Balance. Test results received late last evening (4/18) indicated that this rice protein concentrate tested positive for melamine. This is the first and only time our manufacturing partner sourced an ingredient from Wilbur-Ellis, and we had no knowledge that they had imported the ingredients from China.

We have advised the FDA of this finding and will be working closely with them on this issue.

According to the blog where this was posted:

They may have advised the FDA, but the FDA just said they can’t reveal the companies that got the rice protein.

30 posted on 04/19/2007 5:33:35 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

They may have advised the FDA, but the FDA just said they can’t reveal the companies that got the rice protein.

I wonder why the he!! not?


31 posted on 04/19/2007 5:34:51 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: lesser_satan; Sun
Isn’t it just f#$king wonderful that we gave the Chicoms Most Favored Nation status?

Every nation in the WTO has to grant MFN to all the others. China joined the WTO in 2001.

32 posted on 04/19/2007 5:35:13 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: MizSterious; Arizona Carolyn
Is there a list somewhere of ALL the recalled/poisoned foods?

The FDA has this website.

FDA: Pet Food Recall
www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html

33 posted on 04/19/2007 5:35:51 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: proudofthesouth

thank you


34 posted on 04/19/2007 5:36:29 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Time to sue China.


35 posted on 04/19/2007 5:36:36 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: MizSterious
and this from the sacbee

Pet food toxin used in pig feed By Carrie Peyton Dahlberg - Bee Staff Writer Published 2:34 pm PDT Thursday, April 19, 2007

The chemical linked to cat and dog deaths on two continents has made it into pig feed, federal officials said Thursday, although it wasn't immediately clear whether any pigs that ate the melamine were later eaten by people. Melamine has caused tumors in rats, and shouldn't be used in animal feed, according to regulators and toxicologists.

For more on this developing story, come back to sacbee.com

36 posted on 04/19/2007 5:38:31 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: MizSterious

see post 23 for link to list


37 posted on 04/19/2007 5:39:39 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

This just makes me sick. One of my kitties is acting strange, kind of listless and so on—not vomiting or anything. We don’t use any of the foods on the list, but the more I read, the more it seems that this just might be in every cat food. I just don’t know what to feed these kitties.


38 posted on 04/19/2007 5:39:50 PM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: mom4kittys

Me, too..... who are they protecting? Certainly not our dogs and cats.


39 posted on 04/19/2007 5:41:00 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Cailleach

ping


40 posted on 04/19/2007 5:41:49 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: MizSterious; mom4kittys

mom4kittys called Natures Logic and got some free samples for her cats — last I heard they liked the food and it is grain-free...


41 posted on 04/19/2007 5:42:17 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: DumpsterDiver; proudofthesouth

Thank you, bookmarked.


42 posted on 04/19/2007 5:43:15 PM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: mom4kittys

Thank you! I’m starting to wonder IF there’s anything that’s actually safe.


43 posted on 04/19/2007 5:43:32 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

I’m going to look into that brand, thank you. No more kibbles for the kitties, I guess. :(


44 posted on 04/19/2007 5:44:56 PM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: mom4kittys; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
I report, you deride.


45 posted on 04/19/2007 5:45:02 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("By the way... who is Ben Dayho?" --60Gunner)
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To: MizSterious

They will be better off in the long run.


46 posted on 04/19/2007 5:45:48 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

WHY would we buy food of all things, for dogs and cats, from a country which hates us and eats pets?


47 posted on 04/19/2007 5:49:49 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Reporter: Are you surprised? Nancy Pelosi: No. My eyes always look like this.)
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To: PghBaldy

Beats me.... and Blue Buffalo (which is regualarly on The Whole Dog Journals Top Ten Foods list) claimed this was the first time they purchased from this source (cost cutting — eh???)


48 posted on 04/19/2007 5:53:26 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: PghBaldy
We didn't choose to buy pet food from China, it was the huge food conglomerate that saw a bargain.

There are brands of pet food that are produced right here. They probably cost more, but one can buy it.

49 posted on 04/19/2007 5:53:37 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: PghBaldy

The food doesn’t actually come from China, the pet food that is. An ingredient in the dog food (wheat gluten in the first recall, and rice protein in the second recall) are just one product that is used in the manufacture of the food.

Check your local grocer next time and see where the shrimp in the grocery store comes from...China or Thailand, most likely. How much Chinese produced wheat gluten or rice protein has made it into the human food in this country...that’s the question we should probably be asking.

We spent a couple months in China a few years ago. They don’t necessarily “hate” pets, they just eat them. We saw cats, and dogs, slaughtered in the local food market.


50 posted on 04/19/2007 5:56:00 PM PDT by dawn53
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