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  • Maker of Tainted Dog Food to Pay $3.1M

    01/05/2008 6:02:30 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 6 replies · 41+ views
    The Associated Press / Google News ^ | January 5, 2008 | By Meg Kinnard
    (COLUMBIA, S.C.) — A company that made contaminated pet food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide will pay $3.1 million in a settlement with pet owners, an attorney said Friday. The pet food, which contained a mold called aflatoxin, was produced at Diamond Pet Foods' plant in South Carolina. The company will set up a fund to reimburse pet owners for the loss of their dog, veterinarian bills and the cost of any unreturned contaminated food, said attorney Jim Andrews, who represented a Knoxville, Tenn., family that sued the company. Diamond Pet Foods, based in Meta, Mo., acknowledged that workers...
  • October 10, 2007 Pet Food Recall

    10/14/2007 5:35:16 PM PDT · by AFPS · 114 replies · 246+ views
    FDA Weekly Enforcement Report ^ | October 10, 2007 | FDA
    The FDA Enforcement Report is published weekly by the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. It contains information on actions taken in connection with agency Regulatory activities. REASON The rice protein powder was found to be contaminated with melamine and its analogs.
  • Menu Foods Cuts Work Force By Up To 15 Pct, Raises Estimate of Tainted-Pet-Food Recall Costs

    10/10/2007 7:00:00 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 695+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | October 10, 2007 | The Associated Press
    (TORONTO)--Canadian pet food maker Menu Foods is cutting its workforce by as much as 15 percent and raised the estimated costs of its tainted-pet-food recall by 22 percent. The largest maker of wet cat and dog food in North America said Wednesday the volume of customer returns and associated costs are greater than originally anticipated. It now estimates the costs at 55 million Canadian dollars (US$56 million; €39.59 million), up 10 million Canadian dollars (US$10.2 million; €7.21 million) from earlier estimates. Menu Foods Income Fund had 924 employees at the end of last year. Company spokesman Robert Merrick said the...
  • Recalls Prompt Demand for More Detailed Ingredient Labels on Pet Food

    10/01/2007 7:07:26 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 13 replies · 63+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel / The Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 1, 2007 | By Diane C. Lade
    The pictures on pet food labels show dishes fit for a buffet table: A platter heaped with sliced tender beef covered in gravy, a brimming bowl of chunky stew. But do consumers really know what's in the can when they buy food for their cats and dogs? Some pet owners and animal advocate groups say no. Obscure labeling requirements keep shoppers in the dark, they say. And glossy packaging or advertising, showing meals styled to look like human cuisine, lead people to believe they are treating their beloved animals to qualityfoodalmost good enough for themselves. Ingredient lists must state if...
  • Veterinarians: Chinese-Made Jerky Treats Might Be Tainted

    09/16/2007 7:40:07 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 47 replies · 661+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel / The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 16, 2007 | By Diane C. Lade
    (FORT LAUDERDALE) -- The nation's leading veterinarian association has posted a warning to pet owners that Chinese-made jerky treats might be making animals sick. The American Veterinary Medical Association, which represents 75,000 vets,issued the statement last week after a member reported numerous unusual cases of dogs suffering from a rare kidney ailment, after consuming the treats. Most of the products were chicken-flavored....... ......Dr. Richard Goldstein, associate professor of veterinary medicine at Cornell University and part of the team assisting the FDA in its investigation, said most of the affected dogs are small breeds that had developed renal problems. Symptoms include...
  • Menu Foods Fortunes Change After Pet Food Recall

    09/11/2007 7:15:12 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 9 replies · 623+ views ^ | September 11, 2007 | By Heidi Turner
    (McLean, VA) - In the six months since Menu Foods Income Fund announced its recall of melamine-tainted pet food, the company's fortunes have changed drastically. The company has lost clients and now faces huge financial losses due to the cost of the recall, a drop in sales, and contract cancellations. Consumers whose pets became ill or died after eating tainted pet food are filing lawsuits against Menu Foods alleging the company did not do enough to protect their pets. Menu Foods' biggest client, Procter & Gamble, which sells food under the Iams and Eukanuba labels, has said it would no...
  • FDA Blocks Nutro Pet Food Shipment from Entering U.S. (China!)

    08/29/2007 6:12:30 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 39 replies · 1,004+ views ^ | Wednesday August 29, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    FDA Blocks Nutro Pet Food Shipment from Entering U.S. Products "appeared to contain poisonous substances and unsafe additives" By Lisa Wade McCormick ConsumerAffairs.Com August 28, 2007 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July blocked more than 100 Nutro Products -- various styles and flavors of its dog and cat food -- from entering the United States. learned the FDA took that action at the Port of Los Angeles -- and listed Nutro’s pet food on its Import Refusal Report -- because the products appeared to contain poisonous substances and unsafe additives. The FDA has authority to block and...
  • Menu Foods And Wal-Mart Placing Recalled Cat Food Back On Shelves

    08/27/2007 9:14:25 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 70 replies · 2,204+ views
    Itchmo: News For Cats and Dogs ^ | Monday August 27, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    Menu Foods has re-supplied Wal-Mart with previously recalled pet food after placing a new UPC code over the previous UPC codes. They claim that the re-shelved foods are completely safe and that the packaging is the issue, not the food inside. The decision to place new stickers over the old UPC code was reportedly made together with Wal-Mart. Menu Foods said all of the contaminated food was returned back to them after the pet food recalls in March. In order to put a “safe” product back on the shelves, Menu Foods and Wal-Mart put a laminated sticker with a new...
  • Wal-Mart: Melamine Found in Dog Treats (Dog Treat Update)

    08/21/2007 8:08:46 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 31 replies · 897+ views ^ | August 21, 2007 | By Jon Gambrell - Associated Press
    (LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) - Tests of two Chinese brands of dog treats sold at Wal-Mart stores found traces of melamine, a chemical agent that led to another massive pet food recall in March, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Wal-Mart quietly stopped selling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading in July, after customers said the products sickened their pets. Company spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said 17 sets of tests done on the products found melamine, a contaminant that's a byproduct of several pesticides. "There were very small amounts of melamine found," Galberth told The...
  • Panels Reflect on Recalls of Pet Food

    08/21/2007 6:46:05 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 4 replies · 247+ views
    AVMA journals / JAVMA News ^ | September 1, 2007 | AVMA journals / JAVMA News
    AVMA, ACVIM offer opportunities to review the situation. Successes and failures in responding to the recalls of pet food were the subject of a panel at the AVMA Annual Convention in July. The recalls also were the topic of a panel during the June forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Earlier in the year, ingredients from China that contained adulterants went into pet food in the United States. The manufacturers of the pet food, starting with Menu Foods, issued recalls after finding an association with renal disease. The situation has contributed to calls for more resources to...
  • Cat Owner Files Legal Action Against FDA in Pet Food Deaths

    08/16/2007 8:29:13 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 29 replies · 514+ views
    ConsumerAffairs.Com ^ | August 16, 2007 | By Lisa Wade McCormick
    A grieving cat owner has filed action in federal court to force the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “perform its duty” and investigate other toxins -- besides melamine -- as the culprit in this year’s massive pet food recall. Don Earl of Port Townsend, Washington, also wants the court to order the FDA to stop what he considers “all activities (by the agency) involving the destruction of critical pet food evidence.” Earl filed his petition for a Writ of Mandamus on August 9 in Washington’s Western District U.S. Court in Tacoma. Barron’s Law Dictionary defines this action as “an...
  • Menu Foods Loses Biggest Customer

    08/14/2007 7:11:57 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 24 replies · 773+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 14, 2007 | Reuters
    (TORONTO) - The fallout from a tainted pet food scandal hit Menu Foods Income Fund (MEW_u.TO: Quote) again on Tuesday, when its biggest customer said it would stop buying some of its products in the fourth quarter. The unnamed customer, whose total purchases made up nearly 10.8 percent of Menu Food's sales volume in 2006, said it would stop buying 'loaf' products from the company beginning October 1, Menu Foods said in a statement. Earlier this year, the same customer said it would stop purchases of other Menu Foods products. "Menu Foods is disappointed in the reaction of this customer...
  • Menu Foods Samples Test Positive for Painkiller

    06/14/2007 8:16:18 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 12 replies · 1,263+ views
    Consumer ^ | June 13, 2007 | Lisa Wade McCormick
    Two of the pet food samples that tested positive for the painkiller acetaminophen are Menu Foods’ Pet Pride "Turkey and Giblets Dinner" and Pet Pride "Mixed Grill,” has learned. As we reported last week, a Texas laboratory discovered acetaminophen in about a half dozen samples of pet food tested in May. The lab did not disclose the pet food brands because of a confidentiality agreement. After our story was published, however, we heard from a consumer who paid ExperTox Inc. of Deer Park, Texas to analyze samples of pet food. That consumer is Don Earl, who says his cat...
  • Pet Food Recall - Judge Tells Menu Food "Back Off."

    06/12/2007 7:39:55 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 13 replies · 815+ views ^ | June 12, 2007 | By Greg Owen
    U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman has ordered Menu Foods and/or their agents to have no further contact with consumers of the pet food recall products without the involvement of the consumers' attorneys. Judge Hillman called the endless telephone calls to consumers " abusive and harassing." As if pet owners had not already been put through enough with this pet food recall nightmare. Most consumers' pets who ingested the contaminated pet food have become seriously and permanently ill and thousands have died. Now, it seems, representatives of the insurance company representing Menu foods, Crawford and Company, think nothing of calling and...
  • Freshpet Sales Soar After Tainted-Food Scandal

    06/12/2007 7:28:38 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 14 replies · 637+ views ^ | June 12, 2007 | By Hugh R. Morle
    The tainted pet food scandal that rocked the industry proved to be a defining event for Secaucus-based Freshpet. Three months ago, sales of the manufacturer's line of frozen dog chow were increasing steadily. Then cats and dogs across the country began dying of kidney failure after eating chemically contaminated food from China, and Freshpet's business soared. While major pet food companies were recalling millions of containers of moist pet food, sales at Freshpet were more than doubling, said principal Scott Morris. The company's dog dishes are now sold in nearly 1,000 stores, compared with 350 before the scandal erupted. "We...
  • Menu Foods Units Plunge 25 Per Cent After Loss Of 'Significant' Pet-Food Customer

    06/12/2007 7:15:19 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 9 replies · 493+ views ^ | June 12, 2007 | By Colin Perkel
    TORONTO (CP) - Units in Menu Foods Income Fund (TSX:MEW.UN) shed more than one quarter of their value Tuesday as investors and customers continued to desert a beleaguered pet-food giant still struggling to put a months-old poisoning scandal behind it. Less than a day after the Mississauga, Ont.-based company said one of its biggest customers had dropped a large order, Menu units had lost $1.04, ending an active-trading day on the Toronto Stock Exchange at $3.05 - a whopping 25.4 per cent loss. Robert Silgardo, an analyst at Dundee Securities Corp. in Toronto, said it's not surprising customers are fleeing...
  • Texas lab finds pain medicine in pet food

    06/05/2007 1:04:08 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 34 replies · 1,276+ views
    Tribune Review ^ | June 5 | Karen Roebuch
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating a Texas laboratory's finding of acetaminophen in dog and cat food, an agency spokesman said Monday. "We're very interested in being able to test these samples ourselves to determine the levels of those contaminants," said FDA spokesman Doug Arbesfeld. "What's significant is these things are there. They don't belong there." ...The contaminants were found in foods that are not among the more than 150 brands recalled since March 16
  • Problem Pet Food Ingredient in US Feed

    05/30/2007 7:00:06 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 35 replies · 950+ views
    Forbes / Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2007 | By Kevin Freing
    The same industrial chemical that led to a massive pet food recall was used in animal feed ingredients made by a U.S. company, health officials said Wednesday. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration was the first indication that a U.S. company had used melamine as an animal feed ingredient. Agency officials said that melamine and related compounds were used to bind feed for cattle, sheep and goats, or fish and shrimp. Previously, the problem of melamine in animal feed was thought to be contained to China, where manufacturers had added it to wheat gluten. Melamine is not approved...
  • Natural Pet Food Sales Booming After Recall

    05/29/2007 6:03:25 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 19 replies · 580+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 28, 2007 | Natural Pet Food Sales Booming After Recall
    ...The company was at near-peak capacity before the Menu Foods recall hit in mid-March. Now Evanger's is running longer shifts and looking for a larger facility as it struggles to keep up with demand, said Holly Sher, president and co-owner with her husband, Joel. It has put in a bid on a 70,000-square-foot food manufacturing plant that would triple its capacity, she said. Until then, the Shers are turning down new business. "I can't keep up. I'm freaking out about it," Holly Sher said, noting that some of the company's private label customers and its distributors are frustrated that they...
  • China sentences regulator to death

    05/28/2007 11:54:28 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 19 replies · 850+ views
    AP via Boston Globe ^ | May 29, 2007 | Audra Ang
    BEIJING -- China's former top drug regulator was sentenced to death today for taking bribes to approve untested medicines, as the country's main quality control agency announced its first recall system targeting unsafe food products. The developments are among the most dramatic steps Beijing has publicly taken to address domestic and international alarm over shoddy and unsafe Chinese goods -- from pet food ingredients and toothpaste mixed with industrial chemicals to tainted antibiotics. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court convicted Zheng Xiaoyu for taking bribes in cash and gifts worth more than $832,000 when he was director of the...
  • Is China trying to poison Americans and their pets?

    05/28/2007 3:10:52 PM PDT · by Paperdoll · 26 replies · 859+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/27/07 | World Net Daily
    While Americans are recovering from a scandal over poison pet foods imported from China, FDA inspectors report tainted food imports intended for American humans are being rejected with increasing frequency, as they are filthy, are contaminated with pesticides and tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs.
  • China's former food and drug chief sentenced to death_(unreal a fall guy for $$$)

    05/28/2007 8:09:08 PM PDT · by Flavius · 39 replies · 1,191+ views
    afp ^ | 5/28/07 | afp
    BEIJING (AFP) - A Beijing court sentenced the former head of China's food and drug administration to death Tuesday on corruption charges, state media reported. ADVERTISEMENT Zheng Xiaoyu, the former director of China's State Food and Drug Administration, was convicted for taking bribes and dereliction of duty, the Xinhua news agency said. The sentence was handed down at the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, Xinhua said in a brief dispatch.
  • Food watchdog blocks melamine-tainted gluten from entering Canada

    05/26/2007 3:15:27 PM PDT · by fanfan · 11 replies · 677+ views ^ | Friday, May 25, 2007 | CBC News
    Canada's food watchdog said Friday it has intercepted one shipment of corn gluten imported from China that tested positive for melamine and cyanuric acid. Melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers, was found in more than 100 brands of contaminated pet food that were recalled from the marketplace in Canada and the United States in mid-March. The manufacturers had used tainted wheat flour imported from China. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has tested 32 samples of wheat, rice, soy and corn gluten and protein concentrates coming into the country from China. The federal agency is also testing imports...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Lab Reports Cyanuric Acid In Unrecalled Dry Pet Food (Seeking Unopened Samples!)

    05/24/2007 7:23:18 PM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 92 replies · 4,071+ views
    Itchmo Blog Archive ^ | Thursday May 24, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    ORIGINAL POST: Itchmo has learned that a toxicology test reported the presence of cyanuric acid in an opened bag of what is alleged to be Iams Large Breed dry dog food. According to the report obtained by Itchmo, the results have been certified by a forensic toxicologist. We have obtained a copy of the toxicology report. Iams Large Breed does not list rice protein concentrate or wheat gluten as ingredients. ... This information requires verification and we are asking for your help. Itchmo is asking you to find an unopened 20 lb. bag of Iams Large Breed dry dog food...
  • Menu Foods Says It's Ready to Process Claims from Pet Owners (Must Read for Pet Owners)

    05/19/2007 10:53:22 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 36 replies · 786+ views
    Consumer ^ | May 17, 2007 | Lisa Wade McCormick
    Menu Foods has posted claims information on its Web site for pet owners whose pets were killed or injured by contaminated feed. The Canadian-based company in March recalled more than 60 million containers of melamine-tainted pet food -- linked to the deaths and illnesses of thousands of dogs and cats nationwide -- and now says it will “address any reasonable expense incurred by pet owners that we can identify as being caused by contamination of Menu Foods’ products.” The company also advised pet owners of the ramifications of settling directly with Menu Foods instead of joining one of the more...
  • Bee Feed Tested for Pet Food Taints - (Colony Collapse Disorder)

    05/18/2007 5:03:55 PM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 72 replies · 1,977+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Friday May 17, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    Federal scientists are researching whether the same industrial chemicals blamed for sickening and killing thousands of pets are responsible for decimating the honeybee population. No link has been found, but researchers at the Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory and the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine are testing commercial bee feed for melamine-related compounds and doing feed tests on honeybees. ... Honeybees in the United States began dying off in unprecedented numbers late last year, threatening the nation's human food supply, a third of which is dependent on bee pollination. A quarter of the nation's 2.4 million...
  • Chenango Valley Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Nationwide Recall (No End In Sight Yet?)

    05/18/2007 11:44:47 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 40 replies · 1,027+ views
    FDA Press Release ^ | Friday May 18, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- May 17, 2007 -- Chenango Valley Pet Foods previously recalled dry pet foods manufactured with a shipment of rice protein concentrate supplied by Wilbur-Ellis that possibly contained melamine contamination. Chenango Valley Pet Foods is now expanding the recall action to include those pet foods that do not contain rice protein concentrate but were manufactured during periods when rice protein concentrate formulas were processed. The recall of these products is precautionary due to the possibility of cross-contamination. The following dry pet foods are involved in this recall action: DOCTORS FOSTER & SMITH LAMB & BROWN RICE FORMULA...
  • Feds Approved Questionable Pet Food Made in China (Canada)

    05/15/2007 1:01:56 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 17 replies · 715+ views
    The Star Phoenix ^ | May 12, 2007 | By Peter O'Neil
    OTTAWA -- Despite serious misgivings about the credibility of China's veterinary system, the federal government gave approval earlier this year to let an Ontario company import gourmet pet food from two Chinese plants that produce food only for human consumption. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, while reserving judgment on China's overall system for approving the slaughter and sale of animals, concluded after inspections last fall that the two plants met Canadian standards, a CFIA official said this week. CFIA, according to internal documents, expressed concern last year while assessing the application from the Ontario company about China's questionable track record...
  • U.S. melamine probers find empty Chinese factories

    05/11/2007 8:53:57 PM PDT · by anonsquared · 37 replies · 1,556+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 10, 2007 | Charles Abbott
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators found shuttered factories when they arrived at the Chinese food processors blamed for putting the chemical melamine into vegetable proteins shipped to America, officials said on Thursday. -snip- "Nothing is available to be seen at the facilities. They were closed down, machinery dismantled," said Batts. Chinese officials did obtain samples at the facilities in April and sent them to an independent laboratory for testing, he said. "We assume we will have access to those when the results are ready."
  • China says firms exported tainted protein to U.S.

    05/08/2007 7:36:45 PM PDT · by Flavius · 33 replies · 817+ views
    reutuers ^ | 5/8/07 | reutuers
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China acknowledged on Tuesday that two Chinese companies had illegally exported contaminated wheat gluten and rice protein for pet food blamed for a spate of animal deaths in the United States.
  • Farmed fish fed contaminated material

    05/08/2007 1:30:11 PM PDT · by mom4kittys · 93 replies · 1,825+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/8/07 | By ANDREW BRIDGES,
    WASHINGTON - Farmed fish were fed meal spiked with an industrial chemical linked to the ongoing recall of pet foods, though the contamination level was probably too low to pose a danger to anyone who may have eaten the fish, federal health officials said Tuesday. The Canadian-made meal included what was purported to be wheat gluten, a protein source, imported from China. The material was actually wheat flour spiked by the chemical melamine and related, nitrogen-rich compounds to make it appear more protein rich than it was, officials said. After pigs and chickens, the farmed fish mark the third food...
  • Second chemical eyed in Chinese pet food scandal

    05/08/2007 10:08:30 AM PDT · by mom4kittys · 101 replies · 1,967+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 5/8/07 | By David Barboza
    SHANGHAI: A second industrial chemical that regulators have found in contaminated pet food in the United States may also have been intentionally added to animal feed by producers seeking larger profits, according to interviews with chemical industry officials here. Three Chinese chemical makers said that animal feed producers often purchase, or seek to purchase, the chemical, cyanuric acid, from their factories to blend into animal feed. The chemical producers said it was common knowledge that for years cyanuric acid had been used in animal and fish feed. In the United States, cyanuric acid is often used as a disinfectant for...
  • What's safe to put in your pet's bowl?

    05/07/2007 4:00:32 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 13 replies · 767+ views
    Seattle P-I ^ | May 6, 2007 | Cecelia Goodnow
    Last updated May 6, 2007 11:05 p.m. PT What's safe to put in your pet's bowl? Weeks after tainted food killed dogs and cats, trust shaken but few answers By CECELIA GOODNOW P-I REPORTER Ohio electrician James Spratt sailed to London in 1860 to sell lightning rods, but the sight of quayside dogs scrabbling for scraps set him on a more momentous course. We know him today as the inventor of commercial pet food. Now the industry Spratt inspired has itself become a lightning rod -- for distressed and angry animal lovers who wonder what to feed their pets as...
  • U.S.: Pet Food Ingredient Mislabeled-(oh well everyone makes mistakes)

    05/05/2007 4:18:14 AM PDT · by Flavius · 69 replies · 1,600+ views
    physorg ^ | May 05, 2007 | y CHRISTOPHER BODEEN , Associated Press Writer
    The mildly toxic chemical melamine is commonly added to animal feed in China,...
  • 20 million chickens held because of feed-(yummy chicomchicken)

    05/04/2007 6:05:53 PM PDT · by Flavius · 85 replies · 1,544+ views
    ap ^ | 5/4/07 | DOUGLASS K. DANIE
    ederal officials on Friday placed a hold on 20 million chickens raised for market in several states because their feed was mixed with pet food containing an industrial chemical.
  • China begins wheat gluten inspection

    05/04/2007 5:12:56 PM PDT · by Flavius · 50 replies · 767+ views
    upi ^ | 5/4/07 | upi
    BEIJING, May 4 (UPI) -- China reportedly has begun inspections for any chemical contamination in wheat gluten ...
  • Human food eyed in pet food recall probe

    05/04/2007 9:52:45 AM PDT · by mom4kittys · 35 replies · 954+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Fri May 4, 6:13 AM ET | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer
    WASHINGTON - Government inspectors are checking food makers who use protein concentrates to make sure none of the contaminated products found in pet food have reached other products, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. There is no evidence that any of the two contaminated batches of wheat gluten and rice protein from China ended up as an ingredient in human food, "but it's prudent to look," said Dr. David Acheson, assistant FDA commissioner for food protection. Acheson said the inspections began this week, covering both human and pet food manufacturers to raise awareness of how important it is to...
  • Letter to ChemNutra (Official Melamine supplier to the Pet Food Industry )

    05/03/2007 6:12:58 PM PDT · by Mr. Quarterpanel · 30 replies · 1,056+ views
    Me ^ | May 3, 2007 | Mr. Quarterpanel
    To the Principals of ChemNutra: After reading about the melamine contaminated wheat gluten, and ChemNutra’s deflecting responses on your web site, I found the remarks to be disingenuous, self-serving, and misleading at best. I felt that I had to respond and address several of these (mis)statements directly. On this point from the FAQ: “Less than 25% of the United States’ wheat gluten needs can be supplied domestically” The simple reason for this is that cheap imports from China and other countries have driven most US manufacturers of wheat gluten out of business. The same thing has happened to Vitamin C....
  • Menu Foods Recall Expands Dramatically Due to Cross-Contamination

    05/03/2007 7:46:11 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 64 replies · 2,065+ views
    Itchmo Pet Blog ^ | Thursday May 3, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    UPDATE: The expansion expands again. Menu Foods’ own press releases do NOT match up with their recall expansion list. Pet Food Tracker and PetSitUSA have worked the last several hours checking the lists and added several more brands to the recall expansion. Our recall list is now updated. Again. ORIGINAL POST: This recall expansion covers dozens of new brands and foods — wet foods only — citing cross-contamination (corrected). This announcement comes more than a month and a half after the initial recall. The recall also expanded to include 2 varieties in Europe.
  • Feds: Millions have eaten chickens fed tainted pet food

    05/02/2007 5:06:32 PM PDT · by battletank · 173 replies · 3,209+ views
    CNN ^ | May 2, 2007 | CNN
    People have eaten millions of chickens that were given feed tainted with recalled pet food, federal officials said Tuesday, though they said the threat to human health is minimal. The announcement came after an investigation of chicken farms in Indiana found that 38 of the facilities had given contaminated feed to poultry raised for human consumption, and that 2.5 million to 3 million people ate them. The officials added that they expect to discover that chickens on possibly hundreds of farms in other states were also given tainted feed.
  • Chinese pet food contamination only the beginning of concerns-(3.3% of USA food comes from CHINA)

    05/02/2007 3:29:52 AM PDT · by Flavius · 23 replies · 953+ views
    penn live ^ | May 02, 2007 | na
    "... China's animal-feed production industry, which has little to no regulation."
  • Joint Update: FDA/USDA Trace Adulterated Animal Feed to Poultry

    05/01/2007 8:03:51 PM PDT · by anonsquared · 51 replies · 831+ views
    FDA website ^ | April 30, 2007 | FDA
    WASHINGTON, April 30, 2007 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have learned that byproducts from pet food manufactured with contaminated wheat gluten imported from China have been used in chicken feed on some farms in the state of Indiana. This information came to light as part of the continuing investigation into imported rice protein concentrate and wheat gluten that have been found to contain melamine and melamine-related compounds.
  • Tainted pet food linked to Indiana chickens-(from China with love)

    04/30/2007 9:15:08 PM PDT · by Flavius · 119 replies · 2,416+ views
    abc ^ | 4/30/07 | abc
    30 broiler poultry farms and eight breeder poultry farms in Indiana contained
  • Will food ever be safe? (pet food recall expanded)

    04/29/2007 3:38:00 AM PDT · by dawn53 · 87 replies · 2,224+ views
    St. Pete Times ^ | April 28, 2007 | IVAN PENN
    What's a pet owner to do? You check the recall list and the product you feed your pet isn't there. So you keep using the same pet food. But then, as it has several times already, including late this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces an expansion of the recall list. With almost 5, 600 products listed, you search again. And your brand has been added.
  • Blue Buffalo Recalls Can and Biscuit Products Due To Tampering By American Nutrition Inc.

    04/27/2007 4:24:22 PM PDT · by girlangler · 85 replies · 2,605+ views
    Food and Drug Administration ^ | 4/27/07 | news release
    Blue Buffalo Recalls Can and Biscuit Products Due To Tampering By American Nutrition Inc. Contact: Consumer Inquiries: 1-800-919-2833 Media Inquiries: David Petrie 1-203-762-9751 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Wilton, Connecticut, April 26, 2007- We at the Blue Buffalo Company have just learned that American Nutrition Inc. (ANI), the manufacturer of all our cans and biscuits, has been adding rice protein concentrate to our can formulas without our knowledge and without our approval. This is product tampering, and it apparently has been going on for some time. The can formulas that we developed, and trusted them to produce, never contained any rice...
  • Hogs That Ate Tainted Food To Be Destroyed

    04/26/2007 8:41:37 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies · 1,153+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4-26-2007 | Mary Ann Fergus
    Hogs that ate tainted pet food to be destroyed By Mary Ann Fergus Tribune staff reporter Published April 26, 2007, 8:38 PM CDT Federal officials alerted authorities in seven states Thursday that swine fed tainted pet food will not be approved to enter the human food supply. Officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration expect that approximately 6,000 hogs, now under quarantine, will be euthanized even as they announced that the likelihood of illness after eating pork from the animals is very low. The affected hogs are in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, New...
  • Pet-Food Recall: Timing and Triggers (Iams Blew the Whistle!)

    04/26/2007 10:08:18 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 114 replies · 3,918+ views
    Pet Connection Blog ^ | Thursday April 26, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    In Tuesday’s four-hour session of live-blogging the food-safety hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives – work from which her wrists have yet to recover – Christie found herself typing something we at the PetConnection first heard weeks ago, but couldn’t get confirmation on until it came up in the hearing: Without Iams, there might not have been a recall at all. In sworn testimony, Menu Foods CEO Paul Henderson admitted that his company called the recall because Iams told them they’d had enough, that their own quality internal systems had revealed a problem, and that they were pulling their...
  • FDA to Begin Testing Human Food Supply for Melamine

    04/24/2007 8:42:04 PM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 66 replies · 1,796+ views ^ | Tuesday April 24, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    NEW YORK (CNN) -- The Food and Drug Administration says it will, for the first time, test ingredients imported for use in the human food supply in connection with the nationwide pet food recall that has killed, by some estimates, thousands of pets. In addition, the FDA on Tuesday announced plans to expand testing of the animal food supply after hogs on farms in three states were quarantined after testing positive for the substance at the center of the recall, the toxic agent melamine.
  • U.S. examines if pet food contaminant in human food

    04/24/2007 4:48:56 PM PDT · by mom4kittys · 40 replies · 835+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/24/07 | By Susan Heavey
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials are now looking at whether humans may have consumed food containing a chemical linked to a recall of pet foods and livestock feed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday. FDA officials said they would inspect imports of six grain products used in foods ranging from bread to baby formula for traces of melamine, a chemical thought to have killed and sickened cats and dogs. The California Agriculture Department said separately it was trying to contact 50 people who bought pork that may have come from pigs fed food containing melamine. The...
  • FDA Asks if Pet Food Tainted on Purpose

    04/21/2007 11:22:07 PM PDT · by familyop · 32 replies · 1,282+ views
    Associated Press by way of Forbes ^ | 20APR07 | Andrew Bridges
    Imported ingredients used in recalled pet food may have been intentionally spiked with an industrial chemical to boost their apparent protein content, federal officials said Thursday. That's one theory being pursued by the Food and Drug Administration as it investigates how the chemical, melamine, contaminated at least two ingredients used to make more than 100 brands of dog and cat foods. In California, state agriculture officials placed a hog farm under quarantine after melamine was found in pig urine there. Additional testing was under way to determine whether the chemical was present in the meat produced by American Hog Farm...