3 Million Contaminated Chickens Sold, Hundreds of Plants May Have Gotten Tainted Ingredients

Key points from the FDA press conference:

  • 2.5 to 3 million chickens have been fed the tainted pet food and already sold to the public.
  • “Hundreds” of plants could have received tainted vegetable protein from China.
  • Due to “low risk”, chicken and pork not recalled. Yet FDA says they lack toxicity data on melamine.
  • Refuses to name any more company names.

Live blog results of FDA press conference at Pet Connection.

Also, Reps. Dingell and Stupak dispatched congressional investigators to west coast ports to look into contamination (most likely Long Beach, CA).

66 Responses to “3 Million Contaminated Chickens Sold, Hundreds of Plants May Have Gotten Tainted Ingredients”

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  1. Likemealswithmeat says:

    I was told a long time ago that “MADE in” simply meant the product was mixed,cooked,or purchased in whatever country was after the words Made In as in MADE in the USA. I was then taught that “PRODUCED in” meant the item was grown in,cultured from,created in,harvested in whatever country was after the words Produced In. So the yummy carrots I ate today that carried the PRODUCED in the USA came from a field in the USA,BUT the rice veg mix was MADE in Canada so it MAY have had a product in it from China(but did not show any Glutens,or Proteins on the label). I eat Chicken,Turkey,Pork,Tuna,and Beef. This does bother me,BUT at 46 I’m gonna die someday,and if it isn’t from poisoned food,it will be by some crazy nut with a dirty bomb,or maybe it will be of natural causes. I’d rather die happy then die hungry and starving. No I have not lost any pets to this despite the cats for YEARS insisting on eating 9 lives Tuna and egg bits dry preserved with BHT,and Meow Mix with all it’s lovely dyes. They will eat raw beef scrapes IF they are really hungry(like no kibble food just raw for a few days) Since starving your animal is cruel I give them the dry kibble which they eat like it is heaven. One is a 13 year old,and the other two are just turned a year,and a 4 year old. Ironically they puked more on Raw/cooked then the dry. My dogs are eating 50% raw meats(chicken necks,legs,and thighs,Beef ribs,Pork necks,and if found rabbit),and 50% Natural Balance Ultra with absolutely NO ill effects at all. The dogs ate Diamond Foods Premium Edge before Natural Balance,AND I have a beautiful litter of pups from a Mom who ate Natural Balance the whole time and is still eating it while nursing. Do I truely trust Natuaral Balance? Wellllll it gets harder each time they add on to their original dishonest fact lie of who makes their food,BUT is their little lie any worse then the FDA keeping the truth from you about what food MAY be tainted with Melamine? At least the pet food companies told us which food was for sure contaminated with Melamine,or still recalled some of their products even though they had tested negative in many test preformed on them. We as Americans can NOT afford to stop eating,and we must not fall for the terrorist effects of being afraid of our food system either. All that will do is cause a major depression like never seen before. It will make the 30s look lovely in comparison IMHO.

  2. Cheryl Hansen says:

    I got this idea from posters at PC. I have just sent the following email to everyone I know…please feel free to copy it and let’s get this message out through email until the internet is clogged with the message!

    —-

    You all know how much I love my pets. That’s why I’m writing. There’s something very disturbing going on that isn’t hitting your nightly news. Everything I’m about to say can be verified by checking the FDA.gov website or doing a simple search on the internet.

    Since February, more than 4,000 pets have died because of contaminated food. Some of the ingredients of the pet food were imported from China, and deliberately tainted with fertilizer and swimming pool chemicals to boost profits. The exporters in China say they’ve been doing this for years. But it gets worse.

    Those ingredients were also used in hog and chicken feed so that the chemicals have entered the human food supply. The FDA isn’t very concerned that tons TONS of the contaminated ingredients are “unaccounted for” but have been presumably sold to companies that manufacture baby formula, health food bars, and other products manufactured here in the USA using imported tainted ingredients.

    So far, the FDA has estimated that over 3 million MILLION chickens, and 45 hogs, that had eaten the contaminated feed has already been consumed by humans. The FDA’s own tests have shown that these contaminants remain in the tissue (the part humans eat), but the FDA and USDA are playing this down, presumably to avoid a national panic, or perhaps to protect the big corporations.

    There are no studies to determine the short or long-term effects of these chemicals on humans, although the FDA says that the risk is “very low.” The pet communities around the world are horrified at this down play by our government. Canada and other countries have already banned these products from China and have stopped importing them. It took the FDA 3 months to finally get around to temporarily putting a “hold” on these shipments of more tainted products that are sitting at dock in the US ports.

    The FDA is saying the risk to humans is “very low” but these same chemicals have killed 4,000 pets and sickened countless others. There is no reporting system to track the overall deaths and illnesses of our dearest friends. If it killed our pets, it can kill us. It’s that simple. Call it the canary in the coal mine.

    I am writing you because the major news networks are NOT covering this, although it is a major story in other countries and around the world. Use the “Google” translator function and read this same information from other countries. But, strangely, when the US food supply has been compromised, our own news networks aren’t even covering the story. Can we all say “Katrina” together now?

    For every email that is written, by us who love pets, we are trying to get the story out…as a memorial to our lost furry friends, and to let YOU know what is going on. The corporations, the FDA, and our government MUST have a way to assure that our food supply is safe. There is no such system in place at this time.

    The public has a right to be informed, and the FDA has refused repeatedly since last February to let the public know what products have been involved and where all the contaminated ingredients have gone. They say they know, but refuse to tell us. This is outrageous. Do you want to unknowingly eat a little fertilizer with your bucket of Kentucky Fried?

    I am asking you, please contact your senators and let them know that this must change NOW. Please feel free to forward to everyone you know…in fact, I’d be grateful if you did.

    Thanks for listening.

  3. Sylvia says:

    Chris,
    I sent this to the Washington Wine Commission and will look to contact some of the big wineries, too. At least it will get the facts about the pet recall into another venue.
    ————————-
    “I am concerned after reading that the FDA has approved the use of wheat gluten and pea protein for use as fining agents in wine:
    Agency Response Letter
    GRAS Notice No. GRN 000182 6/27/2006
    Do you know if WA wineries will be testing the gluten and protein powder for the presence of melamine and related compounds such as cyanuric acid? I don’t want to be exposed to any risk of kidney trouble from these compounds. (Estimates are that up to 40,000 pets have been made ill or have died from these toxins’ presence in food grade glutens and plants proteins.)
    Thanks!”

  4. Mandy says:

    The problem is, that we obviously can’t just stop eating.

    If as they claim the melamine doesn’t harm people, then why is it that in recent years so many different kinds of health problems have sky rocketed? It’s almost impossible to avoid eating some of the bad foods because they refuse to tell us what companies it comes from!

    It’s a vicious cycle. We get bad pet food. The bad pet food gets sold to farmers to feed it to their animals, some of their farmers may use the farm animals manure as fertilizer for their crops. It’s EVERYWHERE. Now that it’s gone fully into the cycle, it may be a long time before they can get it completely back out again. This whole thing is very shocking and eye opening to me.

    And why don’t they just dispose of the bad pet food? Because people think they can make money to sell it. Once again it all comes back to the money. I am totally disgusted by all of this. Every time I eat now I think, is this the meal that could be my last? Every time I feed my cats I think, is this the meal that could poison them?

    I feel like no matter what we eat we’re playing russian roulette each time…

  5. Stan says:

    Oh shucks let’s not be to hard on China, Just remember most of all those little American flags seen in wonderful home town USA parades are made in China!
    I feel the government and politicians have lost sight and minds as a collective power. “Show me the Money” is what it’s catalyst is now!

    But hey, KFC is now trans fat free! Don’t mind the melamine!

  6. Anonymous says:

    CNN article I just encountered:

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/.....index.html

    Once again, the news reports are out of date.

  7. e wem says:

    johnnypaycut you are right about not giving up. I see so much apathy. I tried to tell someone about the hog recall and she said ‘don’t tell me, I am eating pork tonight’. I hear over and over is ‘there is nothing we can do about it’. If you believe that you will lose every time.

    Deb you said it all about China. The complaints are not against Chinese people but against a Chinese system which is a police state gone wild with capitalism unchecked by any elected voice of the people.

    I stopped eating at Chinese restaurants here because we had a restaurant supplier selling chicken smuggled in without inspection from China labeled as catfish. Hundreds of pounds were seized. In China they grind up scraps at leather factories (dyes, tanning chemicals, glues and all) and mix it into animal feed. I get nauseated thinking about eating that meat.

    I have spent $$ I don’t have to buy meat fed only ‘vegetable product’. What does that mean anymore?

    What really burns me is we export grains. Good grains. But our food is filled with poisoned grain from China. Because it is 20 percent cheaper? Did the pet food companies ever ask me if I would be willing to pay 20 percent more to have American grain?

    No they never asked because they hoodwinked me to think I was getting American grain in my food. They hoodwinked me by writing ‘Made in USA’ on the label. By buying from US front companies like Wilbur Ellis.

    They were laundering inferior poison grain from China through American front companies and charging me American prices.

    We were all getting dosed. And hosed.

    I stopped buying Band Aid brand bandages because they were made in China. Recently I saw that some are being made in Brazil. Big improvement. Why not ask me if I want ’sterile’ bandages made in the third world?

    This isn’t free trade because we the consumer are not being given a voice. We are being manipulated to buy stuff we do not want. The truth is being hidden.

    My world, the happy world I grew up in, has been stolen from me. I cannot even enjoy a bite of the food I eat

  8. Phyllis says:

    I read some of the blogs above, and I have a word of advice.

    Can you get a copy of the Doctrine and Covenants by the LDS Church? Ask those nice young men and women with name tags on bikes to show it to you.

    Look at section 89. It was written in 1833. It warns against over consumption of meat “eat meat sparingly,” eat fruits and vegetables “in the season thereof”.

    We can use herbs to detox our bodies. Use common juniper, preferably in tincture form, to detox the kidneys. Use milk thistle or sillymarin extract to detox the liver. Verse 10 speaks of using wholesome herbs, and Verse 11 suggests using herbs “with prudence and thanksgiving.”

    Here is a highlight that relates to ALL of this food contamination:

    verse 4: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation –”

    Sec 89 also tells us to drink wine of our own making.

    Read it all.

  9. MEK says:

    Thank you, Likemealswithmeat,

    Despite being a vegetarian, there was something in your message that gave light and warmth this AM. We must not get so negative that we no longer enjoy life. They can kill us, but they can’t kill our spirit! Very wise thoughts. Thanks!

  10. Sylvia says:

    Wow, Phyllis. That gave me a chill. I put that info into a file and saved it. I wasn’t really concerned about wine safety, just thought contacting wineries was a good way to educate people about the issue, but I do find organic grape juice a much more comforting drink that wine after reading about gluten being used as fining agent.

  11. Jo Flournoy says:

    this sure is fun!!! I have 8 big dogs of my own plus i am caregiver to 3 more and I have been cooking chicken etc. to stay away from poison or tainted food and now it`s in the so called “fresh” chicken in the market!! wow! It`s just like Kevin Trudeau says…….it`s all about the money!!! does no one give a crap about life anymore at all? someone will answer for all this one day and it will not be funny at all!! the ones that are living the life `o Riley will be sorry!!! I pray for all who are deceiving………..

  12. Mandy says:

    Also I shudder to think about all the poor people with food allergies. What if someone actually turned out to be allergic to the stuff they are putting into the food then lying about the ingredients? You can DIE from an allergic reaction!

    I myself am allergic to several different kinds of foods. I will be reading food labels a lot more carefully, but it’s still frightening because now we have no idea who is lying and who is not. Made in USA indeed! Sure it may be MADE here, but where did they get all their ingredients from?! It’s so easy to lie and say, oh don’t worry, we didn’t get ANYTHING from other countries. Wink wink.

    After starting to read labels, my family has found out that all kinds of things are mixed in with other foods that does NOT need to be there! I heard someone say that grain is even put into some kinds of wine. EXCUSE ME? Why is grain in wine? What if someone is allergic to that kind of grain and misses that when reading the label? This whole thing is ridiculous!

    First they feed cows to cattle which started the whole mad cow disease, then they fed grain to cats and dogs which is making them sick, now they’re messing around with our own food! Hasn’t anyone learned ANYTHING? I guess not.

    The saying goes: The love of money is the root of evil.

    How true THAT is…

  13. Sylvia says:

    And some people are making big bucks off the recall itself:

    IDEXX LABS (NasdaqGS:IDXX)
    AP
    Idexx Labs 1Q Earnings Beat the Street
    “Particularly strong revenue growth in the reference laboratories and instrument consumables businesses resulted in part from the well-publicized pet food recalls during the quarter, which we believe caused an unusually high number of pet visits to the veterinary clinic for exams that included diagnostic testing,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Jonathan Ayers.
    Link to company web page on recall. Has some good info. I am NOT saying there is anything wrong with this company, itself. It was just in the right place at the wrong time.
    http://www.idexx.com/animalhea.....recall.jsp

    But, here is a link to creep investors salivating over recall, (one goof says he’s a vet and his profile even links to a clinic in NY state) There is something wrong with this bunch.

    http://messages.finance.yahoo......&frt=2

    Link to list of links to financial publications licking their chops:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/q/h?s=IDXX

    I say follow the money. If someone placed call options on stocks like IDXX or put options on stocks like Menu Foods prior to reports of sick and dying pets, then you have a trail to deliberate sabotage, rather than tainting by negligent greed. Wonder if that is part of the FDA’s “criminal investigation”?

    If “free trade” means that the kind of sociopaths who take glee in profiteering off of dead and dying pets are also running our international trading system, I’d rather pass on this “greater prosperity for all” scheme. See Ben Bernanke speech:
    http://federalreserve.gov/boar.....efault.htm

    Freedom in this case has truly been just another word for nothing left to lose for more and more people. Pets are the last straw.

  14. Caitlin says:

    The FDA Sucks… useless

  15. Chris says:

    Columbia Crest emailed me back saying that they do not use “any type of wheat product” in their wines. Chateau St Michelle hasn’t responded to me.

    These are two WA state wineries, FYI.

  16. Dee says:

    I have but two words to say: Chinese Restaurants

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