FDA Warns Staff On Major Melamine Health Risks

Itchmo has learned that the FDA has issued a surveillance order for Chinese vegetable proteins on May 1 — including corn gluten and wheat products — based on melamine contamination.

Despite repeated FDA statements saying that there is no risk to human health from contaminated pigs and chickens, the FDA surveillance order indicates otherwise. It states: Pregnant women should not perform this assignment. (Emphasis ours)

Melamine and additional related contaminants have been found in concentrations of up to 20% in analyzed samples. The MSDS for pure melamine is attached as Attachment B and includes warnings “to avoid breathing dust, avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing”. Chronic exposure may cause cancer or reproductive damage.

Clearly, the FDA is concerned with the safety of their own staff’s exposure to melamine-tainted foods. Despite this warning, the FDA told the press and us yesterday that animals that ate tainted foods were safe for human consumption.

This PDF document contains the basis for FDA’s warning to it’s staff.

In fact, the Chinese factory that produced melamine-tainted wheat products was long associated with toxic symptoms. (Reg. required)

274 Responses to “FDA Warns Staff On Major Melamine Health Risks”

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  1. Donna says:

    Hi Mandy,

    I was just going through the posts again and thought I would let you know that the pet store I frequent sells a 4lb bag of Timberwolf Serengeti, which is a good cat food, for $7.99 and the owner “jacks” the price! So, if you can get to a local pet store, perhaps the price will be one you can afford, or it might even be a little lower in your area. AND, Mike, the owner of the store, who I have known for 11 years, feeds his dog this brand. So, this actually says something, because out of all the brands he carries, he chose Timberwolf!

    On the website http://timberwolforganics.com/ it is a little over $10 plus s&h, but thank the supply and demand theory for that!

    Just so you know, I transitioned Buster from Purina to Timberwolf with no problem, and he absolutely loved this smaller kibble. Right now, though, he is on prescription food for crystals, but he keeps trying to pry the Serengeti open to sneak morsels of his favorite new food! Does that tell you anything?

    Please email me, as I would very much like to speak with you … if you would go to my posts in the Forum, you will be able to retrieve my email address - one is the pet food manufacturer’s list, one is McLean’s Blue Book and the newest is a Purina Poll, which I wish people would not be afraid to participate in, as I would LOVE to send the results (anonymously, with only my name) to Purina!

  2. erin says:

    BeRealistic,
    Nutro is very aware. I sent them a link to the same site that I referred you to. I detailed their answer to me in a post I made on here this morning. I’ve also been in contact with the FDA several times…so yes, they too are aware of problems with Nutro, despite their denial of such. Sudden food change my behind!!
    Sorry. I am just really frustrated and glad there are sites like these and people like you folks so at least I don’t feel like I am floating in this cesspool alone.

  3. YaYa says:

    Donna, think I am going to look for the Serengiti too. I can’t find organic drys around here! And tho my kitty is picky and loves the Wet I home-cook for her, she misses her dry. I’ll see about ordering if I can’t find it here.
    Thanks for the input and opinion of it, oh and Buster’s too :-D

  4. Barb says:

    Donna,

    I can’t find the blah blah email from canidae. I do believe they said they were not part of the recall. The email said a lot of the same stuff that is on their home page. I will use canidae for now, have no choice. I don’t see another food that I approve of. time to hit the road and not worry so much. It’s pretty hard to do………

    Barb

  5. Lorie says:

    I feel guilty also everytime I look at my two cats. I really was very nieve when this whole thing started never in a million years did I think I had anything to worry about nothing I ever used was on the original list. Tha bam March 23rd my whole world turned upside down. Took Geisha to ER vet food and toe and vet said no that food is not on list must be hairball blockage Long hair cat or nasuea. So I come home and use the freakin food for 2 more days. My god am I an idiot. Then the lightbulb went on in my head but mostly in my heart that once I started to back track and realize this was 2 cans into new case of their normal food brand. First I blamed it on the new kitty litter I bought got rid of it scrubed the boxes and floors etc……………read somewhere about cat attract causeing blockage in ats from licking feet……………..was convinced of blockage food was not on list so I keep feeding pison to my poor babies. Guess what Geisha went thru Hell and had a scope rammed down her throat after being put under there was no blockage, so now I have put my poor poisoned baby under anistesha Sp? while she is all ready being poisoned . Talk about trying to kill your child. finally after all those test the vets sadi it was the food, that was a week after the procedure luckily I had all ready figured that out. Sorry must be purging my soul

  6. justjeneric says:

    I have been feeding my adopted border mix Timberwolf for four months now although I am transitioning her over to raw if the darned supplements I ordered ever get here - right now I am giving her part Timberwolf dry and human grade cooked and she is doing well. I have seen no symptoms of anything on the Timberwolf - she gets Ocean Blue and Wilderness Elk. For the person who was asking about turkey - Dr. Pitcairn (I think it was, I’ve read so many books now I can’t remember, for sure) said it is the tryptophane.

  7. Barbara says:

    Does anyone remember hearing anything bad about Holistic Select by Eagle Pack? I don’t remember if I did or not. I do know Menu pkg. the cans. The lady at the pet shop told me there won’t be any problems with this food. She uses it and so does her mother and their cats are fine.

  8. Donna says:

    Oh, Lorie,

    No, do not do that to yourself. Despite what the doctor’s put your Geisha through, it was her life that was at stake. If that is not love and concern, I don’t know what is.

    I know exactly what you are saying about the litter. as I thought the same thing when I discovered that clump litter stays on the genitals. Oh, man, then the questions poured in … Why did I buy that kind of litter? Why did I give him the litter box this winter? Did I give him the UTI? Did the clump litter give Buster the UTI? Guess what? It didn’t! Buster’s nuetered, he really has no genitals to speak of!

    It is really is so sad to say, but our minds can find all sorts of ways to delude us just to appease our frailty. I know it sounds silly, but it always seems to happen when we are especially feeling guilty. We think of all sorts of things to rationalize why we should or should not have done somthing. Well, Lorie, you did the right thing, remember that, okay. Otherwise, it just gets worse. Believe me, I was there right after Makenzie left our family. The good thing, Itchmo’s is here and here is where you will find the best support group around, not to mention wonderful advice and personal experiences within the Forum.

    So, keep your head looking towards that sky, and pat that Geisha girl and your other little one, and be sure to give yourself a hug, because you did the best job you were able to do for your babies. You could not have done any better.

  9. Mandy says:

    I see people have been wanting to e-mail me again. Try me at thea_harman_witch@hotmail.com

    After a LOT of researching, thought, soul searching, and heart examining, I have decided to use Whiskas cat food for now. It uses real meat, a lot of people give it rave reviews, it has few complaints made about it, it has all the vitamins they need, the taurine, and just everything.

    Smokey LOVES it!

    Whiskers doesn’t, but the thing is Whiskers is getting old, and she doesn’t like ANYTHING new. Any little change upsets her, so I imagine this is quite a shock to her. I still have some Purina left over and the last batch hasn’t made them sick, just not as healthy as I would like, so I can mix the two foods together for a little while to help her get used to it.

    I still don’t know if Whiskas buys anything from China, but then what pet food DOESN’T now days?

    I DO know, that if I try to make their food myself, that I’ll probably make a horrible mess of it, and they end up not getting everything they need, so I’m doing the best I can.

    My grandmother swears by pedigree, and the Mars company makes it as well as Whiskas, so we’ll see if their health improves. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  10. David says:

    Mandy;

    I feed my cat Merrick’s. They use only U.S. ingredients, make the food at their own plant and do not seem to use gluten at all.

  11. David says:

    The above wasn’t an advertising thing. For years, I could not get Simon to eat anything wet but baby food. I was going nuts. He’s getting old and I was realy worried about him not getting all the nutrition he needed.

    Then we got a Mud Bay Pet supply http://www.mudbay.us/ down by the Safeway in Burien. I went there at Christmas to see if they had any Hot Cats. While I was there, I talked with the person waiting on me and she recommended a number of foods based on Simon’s prefered eating style (he licks the gravy in the can and rarely would eat the actual food, it’s why I originally tried baby food.)

    Out of all the foods, he liked the Natural Balance and Merrick’s the best. On both of them he would lick the juice and actually eat the solid food as well. It’s a big deal, he cleans his plate. Unfortunately, Natural Balance is on the ‘do not buy’ list in my house until their products are cleared.

  12. Mandy says:

    I may have to stop coming to the blogs here for awhile. Another person on a different thread was extremely pushy and upset me greatly. She seemed to think I should rush to the store, return the products I already had, and try to find and buy the products she recommended just on her say so, and implied if I didn’t do that, that I didn’t really love my cats.

    I am VERY upset. This whole thing is bothering me enough without harrassment being added on.

  13. Barbara says:

    Mandy,
    Try not to let that upset you. At this point, all of us are upset. I don’t think she means any harm. We all need advice now. She just my be thinking she finally found the right one, and maybe she did. You know how much you love your cats and she may not be thinking straight herself. She may be in the same boat as all of us, upset. Some people handle stress the only way they know how and sometimes at someone elses expence. Try to calm down. I thinks you have helped most of us on here.

  14. Mandy says:

    Thank you Barabara I am feeling a little better tonight. Another person seemed to think I should apologize to the first person for telling her to back off, but I politely informed her that I thought the person who was harrassing me should be the one to apologize, but that she had a right to her opinion. I also said I had a right to MY opinion, and that I didn’t have to speak or listen to anyone I did not wish to.

    I am perfectly happy to take down any advice given to me, but I do not appreciate ANYONE who tries to FORCE it on me. That just makes me feel threatened.

  15. Mandy says:

    *Sigh.* That same person and another one was harrassing me again. I think I’ll just ignore what they say from now on. One of them was being downright insulting to me. Can’t we all just get along?

    If it keeps up, I really might have to stay away from the blogs for awhile…

    Barbara if you want to e-mail me it’s thea_harman_witch@hotmail.com

    It’s an e-mail I don’t often use so I can screen who gets the e-mail I use the most.

  16. Mandy says:

    I don’t want to talk about it anymore on itchmo. I don’t want to sound like I just badmouth people willy nilly. Thanks for being encouraging Barbara. This whole situation is just frustrating for me.

  17. Barbara says:

    I’m glad your feeling better.

  18. Denise R says:

    1st I would like to thank Itchmo for letting us sign up for an automatic notification of any new recalls. What an additional terrific service you are providing in addition to keeping up with the latest recalls. I was going crazy spending hours every few days going to the websites to keep up & worried that I missed something. You have made it more managable. God bless you!

    My problem is I have a 14 year old kitty who has eaten mostly dry food all her life. She is very finicky, is little so she eats just a little food at a time but often, which always made feeding wet food impractical. She also has always tended toward constipation. She did best on Meow Mix as the 4.5% fiber helped keep her regular. Since the recalls I have been giving her more people food & giving her just enough of the old Meow Mix I have to keep her regular but its running out. Can anyone suggest a “safe” dry food with about that much fiber content? The organic foods say they use veggies for fiber but she won’t eat veggies. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I took her in as a feral kitty when she was 6 months old. I never had a cat before. I am trying my best not to make a mistake now. What would you experienced kitty parents recommend? Thank you all for being there!

  19. koi friend says:

    I been feeding shrimp pellets to my huge Butterfly koi. In 2 weeks I lost 4 koi. One was euthanised due to kidney failure. I allso lost many Angel fish in tank. Melamine does kill fish!

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  21. JEN says:

    I WORK IN A FACTORY WHERE WE USE MELAMINE EVERY DAY TO MAKE DISHES I HAVE ASKED MY BOSS “ARE YOU SURE ITS SAFE TO BREATH THIS STUFF?” AND HE ALWAYS SAYS YES SOMETIMES I RUN MY MACHINE WITH NO VENTALATER TO SUCK UP THE DUST AND ALL I CAN FIND IS THIS STUFF BEING RECALLED IN FOOD WELL I BREATH IT EVERYDAY ANF I GO HOME EVERY NIGHT SO STUFFED UP I CANT EVEN BREATH THROUHG MY NOSE IM ONLY 24 YEARS OLD AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MORE KIDS SOMEDAY WHAT HEALTH RISKS AM I PUTTING MYSELF AT WORKING HERE? I ONLY MAKE $8 HOUR WITCH IN MY AREA IS GOOD MONEY. IT IS VERY DUSTY WHERE I WORK AND IM STARTING TO WORRY ITS NOT EVEN LIKE I HAVE HEALTH BENIFETS OR ANYTHING IF ANYONE CAN GIVE ME INFO THAT WOULD BE GREAT

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  24. Robin ely brown says:

    Yeah its all good.

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