Recall Update: Friday

Recall-Related News:

Peer Review Highlights:

“There may be other data sources from studies of similar compounds pertinent for consideration; for example, one reviewer suggested that we consider studies that were conducted to evaluate the toxicity and metabolism of “triazine” pesticide compounds.

Multiple sources of exposure should be considered, as there could be an additive effect. For example, one reviewer suggested that there may be exposure to melamine and its analogues from plastic products.

Although one reviewer stated that “there is no evidence of bioaccumulation,” other reviewers suggested that a scenario focused on possible chronic toxicity from longer duration exposure should be considered.

There should be some consideration of possible formation of other (more toxic) compounds such as might be created during heating.

Finally, there was a consensus among the peer reviewers additional research is needed.

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MainStar America, LLC Issues Urgent Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Toothpaste

Mr. Ernesto H. Botta
(305) 637-1127

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Miami, FL — June 13, 2007 – MainStar America, LLC, Miami, Florida, is initiating a nationwide recall in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the toothpaste made in China involving:

* Lot #20060708 – Item # 160-850 Dr. Cool Toothpaste 120 GR./4 OZ.
UPC # 6926597170008
* Lot #20060708 – Item # 160-852 Superdent Toothpaste 120 GR./4 OZ
UPC # 6926597170015
* Lot #20060708 – Item # 160-860 Everfresh Smile2 Toothpaste 25 GR./ 1 OZ.
UPC # 6926597089539

This recall has been initiated because the products may contain the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG). DEG is used in antifreeze and as a solvent, and is a Central Nervous System depressant and potent kidney and liver toxin.



Retailers immediately examine your inventory and quarantine product subject to recall. In addition, if you may have further distributed this product, please identify your customers and notify them at once of this product recall. Your notification to your customers may be enhanced by including a copy of this recall notification.

This voluntarily nationwide recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. No injuries or illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Adverse Reactions or quality problems experience with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or fax.

Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 available at
Mail to MedWatch 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178

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  1. xyz says:

    Vaccines- some states allow vets to exempt animals due to health reasons.
    Have *them* call the regulating agency to clarify if vaccines are contraindicated. Many vets don’t check things like that. Heck, some haven’t read the inserts in years, if at all.

  2. menusux says:


    We’re gonna do more here about some stuff you asked about a post or 2 ago.

    You asked:
    Also, can we determine WHEN South Afirca started showing sick pets? What months those begans showing up? I was thinking it was several months before WE had ‘known’ problems here. Did that company over there ever mention any time frame for their purchases?

    I’ve got a bunch of SA links to stories which says something–most reports began in February and continued through March & April 2007:

    Collection of news stories about the crisis at this link above:

    Have the individual links for them if the link above doesn’t work any more–just ask and I’ll post them–they happened about the same time frame as here.

    Same Chinese exporting company in both places too:

    “But few companies here were as successful as Binzhou Futian, which in 2006 won contracts to ship pet food ingredients to major suppliers in the United States and South Africa. The American and South African middlemen say they found Binzhou Futian through online advertisements and commodity-trading Web sites. The companies did not bother to visit Binzhou’s factories or to investigate its background or its export record.

    ““I’m not sure of the introduction, but I think it was through Google search,” said Leon Ekermans, a marketing director at Bester Feed and Grain, a South African grain trader. “We were told by an intermediary that they were once a government company and made good feed.””

    OK–they were shipping to both W-E here and Bester in SA at the same time–both contracts started in 2006–haven’t seen the month in 2006 the SA contract began, though.

    You asked:
    Anyone else remember THAT part of the story? I think it was in some Las Vegas newspaper maybe or TV site? I’d sure like a print-out of it now!

    Las Vegas Review-Journal May 9, 2007

    I just save a lot of stuff on my system when I find it, so it’s a matter of looking it up. :-)

  3. DMS says:

    Ya Ya and Menusux,

    So, on Feb. 20 Menu Foods learned that they had contaminated pet food, but waited until March 16 for Chem Nutra to issue a recall. What I don’t understand–and I have been following this from a different angle–is that Miller said he first heard of the melamine contamination on March 29 while at a Trade Show in China, yet he recalled the product on March 16. How do those two dates make sense? He recalled before he knew there was a problem? Am I missing something or misinterpreting?

  4. DMS says:

    Here is a very readable European Food Safety Authority on Melamine and its analogues. It also talks about background exposure due to pesticides and plastics. It concurs with the S/RA for the most part. Some synergy issues and unknowns.

  5. DMS says:

    mittens Says:

    June 15th, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    Does this have anything to do with your posting about fertilizer? This article involves finding a way to break down atrazine and other triazine contaminants in the soil. It’s a bit older than your article, but it looks like this stuff has been around a while. It may really be getting around as melamine persists in the soil and is very mobile.


  6. menusux says:

    DMS Says:

    June 16th, 2007 at 1:37 am
    Ya Ya and Menusux,

    So, on Feb. 20 Menu Foods learned that they had contaminated pet food, but waited until March 16 for Chem Nutra to issue a recall. What I don’t understand–and I have been following this from a different angle–is that Miller said he first heard of the melamine contamination on March 29 while at a Trade Show in China, yet he recalled the product on March 16. How do those two dates make sense? He recalled before he knew there was a problem? Am I missing something or misinterpreting?

    This gets VERY muddy–here’s the link for his Congressional Committee testimony transcript. On page 2 of it, he breaks it down as to how the information is supposed to have been given them. It was MF who began the recalls on March 16, not CN. He’s saying that they were notified about a problem by MF on March 8, and it was than that they stopped shipping any more of the “wheat gluten”.

    Miller’s Congressional Committee testimony-page 2

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Dayton, OH — March 16, 2007 — In response to the recent Menu Foods, Inc. nationwide recall of wet pet foods, P&G Pet Care has announced a voluntary recall in the United States and Canada on specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6 oz. and 13.2 oz. canned and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch “wet” cat and dog food products manufactured by Menu Foods Inc. Emporia, Kansas plant with the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197.

    Purina’s 5.3-ounce Mighty Dog® pouch products, manufactured by Menu Foods, were previously withdrawn from the market as a precaution on March 16 as part of the Menu Foods recall. ONLY Mighty Dog pouch products and specific date codes of ALPO Prime Cuts canned dog food are being recalled.

    Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., Announces An Update On The Voluntary Participation in Menu Foods’ Nationwide U.S. recall of Specific Canned Cat Foods

    ChemNutra Announces Nationwide Wheat Gluten Recall

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –Las Vegas, NV — April 3, 2007 — ChemNutra Inc., of Las Vegas, Nevada, yesterday recalled all wheat gluten it had imported from one of its three Chinese wheat gluten suppliers – Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd.

    So you see CN didn’t issue the formal recall of what they sold until April–the recalls began with the various PF companies on March 16.

  7. DMS says:

    That persistant little devil, atrazine, is banned in many countries:
    An inappropriate herbicide was also used on the non-GM maize. About 75% of
    the non-GM maize was grown using atrazine. This is persistent and more
    powerful than the glufosinate used on the GM maize. However, the EC
    recently banned this herbicide which will come into force in two years (this
    decision was actually expected for many years - because of its toxicity,
    atrazine is already banned in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy,
    Austria, Sweden and Finland). Non-GM maize will almost certainly be grown
    in future with a less powerful herbicide, which could negate the positive
    effect of GM maize found by the FSEs.


  8. YaYa says:

    Menusux and DMS, I re-read the Vegas article. It was Miller’s trip over to hina about the Bad glutens when they sat on the parking lot cement. Not the Buying trip. {and I think I do remember now that he bought it All online Only, never, Never even seeing the products, let alone testing them}

    Also menusux is right about who did what on the March 16th date. It was MenuFoods who started the Recall. {I would also think that was preceeded by a call to Miller at ChemNutra}
    But also remember one of the Pet Food companies forced Menu Foods hand to do a Recall. {I was thinking we thought that might be P&G? IAMS, did we ever verify that?}
    MenuFoods had their own agenda for waiting I think. {stocks sales, salary bonuses etc}
    But I also think without being “threatened with exposure” by the pet food company- whoever that was; they would have kept letting it slide IMHO.
    As evident from their allowing it to go on and on when {sick/dying pet} Calls, were coming IN for Months before that March date.

    Thanks for the Great digging/saving and Info guys!

  9. DMS says:

    Amitraz, Atrazine, Ethephon, Ferbam, Lindane, Propachlor, and Simazine; Proposed Tolerance Actions

    [Federal Register: June 13, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 113)]
    [Proposed Rules]
    [Page 32570-32582]
    From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []

    Looks like the EPA is reconsidering Atrazine and Simazine–along with some other persistent little devils.

  10. DMS says:

    Just one more citation-even more recent -about melamine/atrazine/cyanuric acid as food for thought.

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