20 Million Chickens Free To Go

The USDA has lifted the quarantine on the 20 million chickens they detained on Friday that may have eaten tainted pet food in their feed. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said that “testing found that the contaminant, the industrial chemical melamine, was so diluted that any human exposure from the meat or eggs of the animals would be thousands of times lower than the level considered safe.” So, now these chickens will be released into our food supply.

This is in stark contrast to the announcement by the FDA and USDA earlier today about the need to still investigate the chickens for a week.

(Thanks Monika)

116 Responses to “20 Million Chickens Free To Go”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I forgot to add

    any grains, protiens, gluten, pork, spinach, peanut butter, etc……. and dont let your pets eat any type pet food either.

  2. ally says:

    straybaby, I hope with everything in me, we never have to find out.

  3. straybaby says:

    Sylvia Says:
    May 7th, 2007 at 3:01 pm
    Why is he talking to the “Organic Trade Association” here? Does that mean these were organically raised? I was hoping to avoid the melamine by buy buying organics.
    “We literally found that the dilution is so minute, in fact in some cases you can’t even test and find melamine any more in that product,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said during comments to the Organic Trade Association.
    *********************
    It may have been a speaking engament that was already booked before this blew up, or he was there for another reason. You would expect him to address the subject I would think. from the organic poultry company posted above:

    “As a poultry grower, N.O.F.A. and P.C.O. visit each of our farms to assure our chickens are being organically fed and humanely treated.”

    “The organic feed we give our chickens is also strictly tested to assure it is 100% organic. The feed is also tested for growth stimulants, antibiotics, animal by products and pesticides, which we do not use.”

    to be certified organic, it includes the food they ate as being organic to the point i think it has to come from a certified organic farm which includes the soil. certified organic in petfoods has to meet the same standards. it’s prob the only food in America that is being inspected in a controlled manner and to standards we can *live* with. i’m pretty sure scrap pet food with ingredients from China doesn’t fall into the organic feed catagory.

  4. Jenny says:

    Anonymous - you should at least post a name.

  5. Sylvia says:

    Correction: “Civilisation” is an acceptable spelling in this case. The author above is a Limey.

  6. Joan says:

    Letter to Food Manufacturers Regarding Legal Responsibilities for the Safety of Food Ingredients

    Dear Food Manufacturers:

    http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/protltr.html

  7. redmal says:

    Bridget Says: May 7th, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    “If I eat any chicken I will have to buy the expensive stuff from the health food store; they carry Amish chicken and I’m assuming the Amish don’t feed their chickens cat/dog food.”

    Oh, I wouldn’t bet on that. The Amish communities are quite big in the puppy trade. Just google “puppy mill Amish” you’ll see.

  8. straybaby says:

    Joan, yer making my head spin!

    “Manufacturers should not wait for possible FDA testing of their materials as manufacturers bear the responsibility of ensuring only safe products are put on the market.”

    um, didn’t *someone* just release 20 million mela-chickens on us?!

    just sayin’ . . . .

  9. Erik T. says:

    I believe he was talking to the OTA about the mengele-mine chicken [EDITED]-uation Not infering that that the organic chickens were contaminated.

    I agree that the article was vague and misleading on this point.

    I’m pretty upset that they would allow these chickens to be sold. They should to be destroyed.

  10. Sylvia says:

    I’ve sent an e-mail to the OTC. Your right, that must be just a poorly written article. (Fingers crossed.)

  11. straybaby says:

    “I’m pretty upset that they would allow these chickens to be sold. They should to be destroyed.”

    maybe because they haven’t heard of anyone falling ill/dropping dead from the test release that accidently hit the market place, they thought it would be ok to expand the program?!

    of course even if they had heard problems with the first wave, we will need to watch for stock sales in the next couple of weeks as our early warning system before the recall.

    oh wait! they can’t recall. they don’t have the authority . . .

    *bangs head against wall, AGAIN!*

  12. Phyllis says:

    PetSentinel
    May 7th, 2007 at 3:09 pm — if that is true, then this is truly EVIL!

    Katie — since organic chicken can cost an arm and a leg :>D, I have been buying Kosher. Surely they would not feed cat/dog food to a kosher chicken would they :>S ?

    bw , May 7th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Get some Dolisos or Unda Common Juniper. Put 3-5 drops in your pets water, this will help de-tox the kidneys, just in case (see www.thepetwhisperer.com ) Also, there are some other kidney detox products you can pick up at some of the smaller pet food stores that SPECIALIZE in high grade pet food, many with organic ingredients etc. But the Dolisos is much more reasonably priced.

    From the horsesass.org: “Many companies buy melamine scrap to make animal feed, such as fish feed,” says Ji Denghui, general manager of the Fujian Sanming Dinghui Chemical Company.”

    Now I know what killed three betas one after the other. I thought they were not healthy when I bought them, and that is why they died, that is until number three went belly up. Then I thought, maybe this is not the right kind of food for them even though the pet store said it is. Little did I know I was feeding them poison!!

    “Some samples of adulterated wheat gluten reportedly tested as high as 6.6-percent melamine by weight, an off the chart concentration that was likely the accidental result of some less than thorough mixing. Had this accident never occurred — had cats, with their sensitive renal systems, not been the canary in the coal mine of melamine toxicity — we might never have known that our children and our pets were being slowly poisoned by Chinese capitalism.” This confirms what I said on an earlier itchmo blog, this has been going on for a long time and perhaps several sources “melamined” the gluten before it got to the pet food companies!

  13. Itchmo » Blog Archive » Recall Update: Tuesday says:

    […] You maybe eating chickens that ate tainted pet food. […]

  14. e wem says:

    Me Said:

    “People, please stop!!!!!!!!!!!! You are out of control. This is nothing new, what about Mad cow disease?”

    They are not out of control. They are trying to get control over their lives. That is not panic of blind fear, this is panic from fighting the clock to find a safe food for pets many of whom have already suffered kidney damage. When they get calm about the possiblilty of feeding their family poison, then I will worry.

    The stomach cannot wait for rational solutions, it needs food now.

    BTW I haven’t heard the phrase ‘Bakery By-products’ before. What is this double talk?

    I emailed Perdue asking if their chickens were fed product from China. (wish I had saved my email with the exact wording)

    Perdue sent me this email which does not discuss foreign source products. The wording does not exclude the possibility of gluten in their feed.

    email from Perdue dated Monday May 7, 2007:

    Thank you for your recent e-mail and for your inquiry regarding the safety
    of the feed ingredients used in the production of our birds. I can
    understand your concerns, given the recent news stories regarding
    melamine.

    Melamine is a nitrogen-based compound used in products such as glues and
    fertilizers.

    We feed our birds the finest natural ingredients, including yellow corn,
    soybean meal, vitamins and mineral supplements. Our company
    nutritionists develop all of our feed formulations, we have standardized
    quality control procedures for all of our ingredients and finished feeds,
    and have full time feed quality control associates in each of our feed
    mills.

    Regarding recent news stories regarding melamine in poultry feed, we have
    not been notified by USDA that any of our chickens or turkeys are involved
    in the current hold on birds on farms, and have no reason to think they
    would be.

    Our customers and consumers should have complete confidence in the safety
    of PERDUE® products that are in stores or in your home. Food safety is a
    top priority of ours, and the standards by which our products are produced
    actually exceed government standards.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to respond to your inquiry.

    Should you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to call us
    toll free at 1-800-4PERDUE® (1-800-473-7383) Monday through Friday 9:30 AM
    to 6:00 PM ET, or email us at www.perdue.com®.

    Mary Beth James
    Consumer Relations

    —————–
    In this era of weasel words, I don’t know how to read their reply. Missing are ‘no wheat gluten’ or ‘no ingredients from China’

    If they don’t use Chinese, why would an all clear from the FDA be of any significance?

    Disappointing. I like the flavor of their chickens

  15. Elena L says:

    OK on the Organic front…It sure looked like some of the chickens were to be labeled organic,so I wrote the OTA to basically ask WTF.Here’s the email
    “Here’s what we have posted on www.ota.com:
    Organic Trade Association was host to a visit by Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns on May 7, 2007. The Secretary held a general press conference at the end of his visit where he took questions about organic products and about general issues of interest to the American public concerning the Farm Bill and Food Safety.

    His comments in regard to the current melamine contamination issue were addressing the general investigation underway and were not referencing organic products.

    Organic meat and poultry are raised using certified organic feed.

    Thank you again for contacting the Organic Trade Association, and I invite you to sign up for our free electornic newsletter at www.theorganicreport.org.

    Yours,
    Holly Givens
    Public Affairs Advisor
    Organic Trade Association
    PO Box 547
    Greenfield, MA 01302 “

  16. Linda says:

    For anyone Feeding CA NATURAL OR NATURA DRY PRODUCTS…
    Customer Service Response:

    Chicken meal is chicken meat with the water and fat removed.
    Considered the best source of protein in commercial pet foods because of its digestibility and palatability.
    Natura uses the highest quality chicken meal that can be purchased, which is low in ash.

    Joyce Walthers
    Natura Pet Products
    1101 S Winchester Blvd Ste J-225
    San Jose, CA 95128

    Thank you for your response. Where do you purchase the Chicken Meal from? Is the chicken organic?

    Our chicken meal is from Iowa and free of any melamine. It is human grade but not classified as organic. We do have Organic chicken in our Karma Organic dog food.

    Thank you,
    Customer Service

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