Recall Update: Monday

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(Thanks Rick)

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27 Responses to “Recall Update: Monday”

  1. Carol says:

    Don’t you all think the map on display is incomplete!!! Where are all the arrows to all the pets’ homes that were diagnosed with acute renal failure?? Now that would really make an impact!!

  2. Sandy says:

    Alot of us are looking at USA sources of food for ourselves and those of us making our pet food. If anyone is looking for a great USA flour source try:

    www.wheatmontana.com

    Chemical Free, GMO Free, Nothing Added, Nothing Removed, All Natural

  3. Nina says:

    Here’s another article from Washington Post this morning:

    Tainted Chinese Imports Common
    In Four Months, FDA Refused 298 Shipments

    By Rick Weiss
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, May 20, 2007; Page A01

    Dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical.

    Frozen catfish laden with banned antibiotics.

    Scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria.

    Mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides.

    These were among the 107 food imports from China that the Food and Drug Administration detained at U.S. ports just last month, agency documents reveal, along with more than 1,000 shipments of tainted Chinese dietary supplements, toxic Chinese cosmetics and counterfeit Chinese medicines.

    Full article here:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....id=topnews

  4. Steve says:

    The Post left a couple key elements out.

    2.a ChemNutra FAILS to test the ingredients and sells the tainted ingredients to Pet Food Manufacturers around the country.

    2.b The Pet Food Manufacturers FAIL to test the ingredients and the toxics enter the pet food chain.

  5. Susan says:

    I’ve been doing an “unofficial” survey of local animal hospitals. I arbitrarily picked any hospital within an hour of my house. So far, I have called 7 and heard back from 4. Current tally: 1/1/05 to 12/31/05: 12 cases of renal failure. 1/1/06 to 12/31/06: 21 cases of renal failure. 1/1/07 to4/30/07 47 CASES! I guess we were terribly sloppy with the antifreeze this year, weren’t we?

  6. Steve says:

    What the h*ll is this?

    May 21, 2007

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the expansion of a voluntary dry pet food recall initiated by Chenango Valley Pet Foods.

    The original recalled foods, sold under various brand names, were manufactured with a shipment of rice protein concentrate that was possibly contained with melamine — a chemical used to make plastics and fertilizer.

    The FDA said the Sherburne, N.Y., company has expanded the recall to include various pet foods that don’t contain the rice protein concentrate but that might have been cross-contaminated while being processed in the same factories.

  7. LorieVA says:

    Nina,

    That article in the post is hair raising, the nerve of China to say they will only lift the banned on importing our beef is if we start to import their chicken, GREAT bird flu for dinner anyone. I know us being the greedy USA will start doing it soon just to turn a buck in the beef industry. I probably all ready am eating smuggled chicken from there, China is out of flippin control and we continue to let it happen. No wonder our country is such a mess.

  8. Steve says:

    LorieVA Americans are fed up with this crap. This is a huge wakeup call.

    If there is one thing that has come out of this disaster it’s the fact people have wised up to the whole scam.

    1. Americans want cheap stuff-Bull Sh*t
    2. Americans aren’t skilled enough-Bull Sh*t
    3. Americans can’t produce it here-Bull Sh*t
    4. America isn’t competitive enough-Bull Sh*t

    GAME OVER

  9. MLO says:

    My understanding is that you are having threats from the pet food conglomerates. Please contact EFF.org and ask them about protections under Anti-SLAPP judgments. This pretty much qualifies.

    Pax,

    MLO

  10. LorieVA says:

    All i can say is the government should be ashamed of itself. They totally sold us the consumer out to make a buck, to hell withour health etc as they as they get rich who gives a rats butt about us, the average joe blow.

    my eyes have been forced wide open by this whole fiasco and have tried to spread the word in vain on deaf ears, and will continue to do so. I for one am reading my lables more than ever, and refuse to support China any longer.

    to my horro I was doing yard work this weekend and my hand shovel plain as day said made in China : (

  11. menusux says:

    Here’s how PFI members stack up against Duane “Nobrain’s” statement re: imported ingedients from China. Listed are those who have had recalls and any members who have made citable statements regarding the use of Chinese ingredients:

    http://www.petfoodinstitute.or.....rch=Active

    Active PFI Members-28. 13 of them have had product recalls.

    American Nutrition, Inc.–Recalls

    Castor & Pollux Pet Works–Recalls

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/h.....htm?csp=34

    Chenango Valley Pet Foods–Recalls–Says no more Chinese ingredients.

    http://www.dadspetcare.com/new.....?newsID=19

    Dad’s Pet Care–Says no protein sources imported from China.

    http://www.delmonte.com/petfoodcorngluten.html

    Del Monte Corporation–Recall–Says they no longer source from the Chinese company that supplied contaminated wheat gluten. This means they are/were a CN client or Diversified Ingredients client. (Bought “wheat gluten” from CN Chinese supplier Xuzhou Anying after CN introduced them for a fee. They’re the source of the contaminated fish meal.)

    http://www.diversifiedingredients.com/home.htm

    Doctors Foster & Smith–Recalls

    Eight In One Pet Products, Inc–Recalls–ferret food, salmonella tainted Chinese made Dingo Chicken Jerky Treats.

    http://www.hillspet.com/Menu_F.....007_en.htm

    Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc–Recalls–Says it now uses no vegetable proteins from suppliers in China.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/h.....htm?csp=34

    Menu Foods, Ltd. Recalls–Says no more Chinese ingredients.

    Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.–Recalls

    Nestle Purina PetCare Company–Recalls

    Nutro Products–Recalls

    P&G Pet Care Iams/Eukanuba–Recalls

    Sunshine Mills, Inc.–Recalls

    http://www.petfoodinstitute.or.....=Affiliate

    PFI Affiliate Members

    http://www.thestate.com/166/story/69044.html

    Tyson Foods, Inc.–Wants to remove Chinese ingredients from its entire line of foods.

    http://web.archive.org/web/200.....rch=Active

    http://www.hendersonvillenews......ity_Crisis

    Kraft Foods North America–Active member in 2006, but not listed currently.–Wants more safeguards for Chinese food imports.

    http://web.archive.org/web/200.....=Affiliate

    ChemNutra, LLC–Affiliate member in 2006 with Pasadena, CA address.–Not listed as affiliate member currently. First importer of untested “wheat gluten” AKA adulterated wheat flour from Xuzhou Anying in China. Introduced Diversified Ingredients to Xuzhou Anying for a fee; DI’s purchase(s) of “wheat gluten” became melamine contaminated fish feed.

  12. Gary says:

    Here you go, and the administration will bow their heads in agreement to his wishes and give Wu all he asks.

    http://wu-arrives.notlong.com

  13. Joan says:

    Nearly 500 grocers across Washington state are committed to supporting the “buy local” message.

    http://www.heartofwashington.c.....rocery.php

  14. petslave says:

    if the pet food companies are not going to buy products from China, wonder what they will use for supplements in their foods now????

  15. Katie says:

    I can’t believe our US Gov’t, if they allow the chickens to come here and bird flu has just shown up again!! We must be crazy!

    I don’t have the URL, but there is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today talking about the high price and limited availability of corn for livestock due to ethanol. The ranchers and cattlemen are feeding trail mix,candy,chocolate,burnt cookies,etc….. somehow that doesn’t sound like healthy cattle coming to the table.

    Katie

  16. LorieVA says:

    katie,

    This is about the time people all join togethr and do like thold days co-op farming. And all trade on the barter systems. I raise cows andyou can raise chickens. :) I am with you on the bird flu like I stated above they are a bunch of idiots if they let they birds in here. Thats why I would be afraid of raw diet for the cats my like I would get the smuggled chicken from china that has bird flu.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What is the 5TH TOXIN REDACTED by the FDA ? There is AN ADDITIONAL toxin that HAS BEEN FOUND but the FDA is hiding the facts.

  18. 4lgdfriend says:

    So let me get this straight: we’re supposed to believe the folks who imported crap, sold it, hid the truth and refused any responsibility - and who now say they don’t want to blindly buy from the cheapest possible source without inspecting or testing their products–so they can skip off scot free and filthy rich without a care in the world?

    Exactly what label requirements force them to tell us where they source or whether they have subtituted an ingredient, and for how long????????

    Until there is new legislation and an FDA with a conscience and teeth, this is nothing but pure unadulterated 24K complete and total BS GARBAGE PR.

  19. Redmal says:

    Cats & Bird Flu. LorieVA there is good reason to be concerned.
    http://news.nationalgeographic.....rdflu.html

  20. Helen says:

    Steve, Re: “1. Americans want cheap stuff-Bull Sh*t
    2. Americans aren’t skilled enough-Bull Sh*t
    3. Americans can’t produce it here-Bull Sh*t
    4. America isn’t competitive enough-Bull Sh*t

    GAME OVER”

    You can say that again.

  21. furmom says:

    Here’s a thought about bird flu that I’ve had for a couple of years. Other affected countries in asia (some relatively small populations) report between 14 and 76 cases since the original outbreak. China has a population of a BILLION and a HALF people, many outbreaks in their birds, but only FIFTEEN human cases. Can you spell c o v e r u p ?

  22. maddy says:

    I agree with the alternative article sited on today’s itchmo update. I think the problem involves GMO’s and GMO corn, wheat, rice ect. protein concentrates. Has anyone denied that it is GMO -?

    Fish meal - some was slated for pet companies???? where? who? and what about the fish meal in dry and wet products????

    Pet Express is waiting for C &P to send a letter on total product testing, not just ingredient by ingredient……also they were doing other (cyuranic and other) testing…anyone heard anything yet/??????? must be done by now.

    Our food supply and testing and allowing of food from countries clearly that should be banned is out of control and appauling….needs total overhaul and stricter than strict reinforcements…but then people and animals need to count….

  23. Helen says:

    Furmom, 15 reported deaths sounds a lot like 16 reported deaths doesn’t it?

  24. menusux says:

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenew.....367497.htm

    US senator wants tougher line on China food safety

    “WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) - On the eve of high-level talks between U.S. and Chinese officials, a U.S. senator urged President George W. Bush and a top food safety official on Monday to strengthen measures to guarantee Chinese imports pose no health risks.

    “”I urge your administration to take aggressive action … to insure that imports from China and other countries are free of illegal and dangerous substances,” Sen. Evan Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, wrote in a letter to Bush.

    “In the second letter, Bayh urged FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach to consider blocking food and medicine imports from China due to pollution and heavy use of pesticides and chemical additives.

    “The lawmakers’ scolding may not increase pressure substantially on China in the so-called “strategic economic dialogue” that is launched on Tuesday, but it is a sign of mounting dissatisfaction in the Congress about the safety record of Chinese food imports and the U.S. response to safety threats in food imports. ”

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/c.....877375.htm

    Consumer product safety ‘our top priority’
    By Zhu Zhe (China Daily)
    Updated: 2007-05-22

    “”We pay a great deal of attention to consumer safety,” said Li Chuanqing, vice-minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, which is in charge of ensuring the safety of the country’s exports.

    “Li told the International Consumer Product Safety Conference in Beijing that the government has been working hard to protect product quality and people’s health.

    “Li, while not directly addressing any of the recent cases, said that it was important China works with the rest of the world to deal with the quality problems.

    “Nancy Nord, acting chairwoman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, said Washington would get tough on consumer product safety.

    “She said the new Democrat-controlled Congress is very interested in how her agency addresses the issue of imported consumer products.”

  25. Trudy Jackson says:

    Here’s what it says about the USA and China–
    http://www.iht.com/articles/20.....php?page=1
    Hope it works alright.

  26. JJ says:

    Gary read that post and since she stated they don’t want protectionist measures we here in the U.S. do not need to do that either. The Pet Lovers in this country just have to stop buying anything from there and problem gets solved. Then the choice will be theirs to make. That way no one is shoved into a corner and people have the choice to keep the money in their wallet and purse in this country. We need to all do this not just the Pet Lovers here. The impact would be so great it would be strength in sheer numbers of people not taking any money out of their purses or wallets. We know the Pet Lovers have made a difference - won’t the rest of you help out too?

  27. Bonni says:

    Nutra Nuggets sold at Costco have tested positive for melamine. Article aired on Fresno channel tonight. Here is link http://www.ksee24.com/Story.as.....oryID=6812


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