Recall Update: Monday

It’s not just food anymore:

Made in the USA — with melamine:

Other recall-related news:

Check out our non-recall news below. And as always, we’ll keep covering all pet news.

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(Thanks Donna and mike)

74 Responses to “Recall Update: Monday”

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  1. elliott says:

    Trudy - The pet store where I have purchased Koi, does autopsies.

  2. Susan says:

    High Note–
    I looked on the list on this website http://www.americangrassfed.org/ and found a guy right near me who sells beef quarters (about 100 lbs). I don’t have the money or the storage space for that much, but I’m going in with 3 friends and we’ll each get 25 lbs of beef. $2.07 a pound, plus $.45 a pound processing (for the butcher). I have a second fridge in the basement for soda and fruit, so I can use the freezer compartment. This guy let us walk all over the farm and he opened his file cabinet.

  3. Katie says:

    Poisonous RPC again! would be interesting who the importer is… sounds like the importer and who ever the buyer is are sticking it to the FDA with an I don’t care attitude. As far as the gov’t of China - well if cont. product is still coming here, they aren’t carrying to check, which says to me they don’t care. They must think putting a few people on trial as scapegoats for the rest of the world to see - will make everything right, life will go on, their economy suffers no repercussions, they look good to the world and they keep poisoning us.

    When is this gov’t and it’s people going to get smart and demand no poison!

    Katie

  4. Anonymous says:

    poster?: We are in the process of providing the entire shrimp feed product list on our website at www.zeiglerfeed.com.
    The recalled products all include the feed ingredient “AquaBond”, which has been found to contain the chemical melamine and related compounds

    isn’t glucosamine chondroitin made from shellfish shells???? hmmmm

  5. Trudy Jackson says:

    I guess My vet could have done it, but i got rid of them. If another dies, I hope not, i’ll try the vet. thanks,

  6. Trudy Jackson says:

    Please Read- I’m going to try every blog so You might see this more than once. I know some people on Itchmo and Petconnection are probably going to write a book about all this horrible mess.And That’s good.
    I am writing a book now. But it’s not all the scientific data and all. Not any of it.
    It’s from The Heart. How many have lost pets, who were they, what were they like in your life? How has this affected Your whole life, even if you didn’t lose a pet it has had to affect you and your way of life. I am devistatd by the loss of My pets and all this danger with pet and people food.
    My whole world changed after 9/11, now it has changed again.
    Our sweet pets paid the price and need to be heard. they also might have saved our lives in the process.
    You could do a tribute, a poem, a story about them and you. Or just how it’s changed your life around.
    My life, My trust, my way of thinking will never ever be the same again.
    I guess We owe it to them and us as a tribute.
    Also, We owe so much to ITCHMO and PETCONNECTION for all the wonderful information. We couldn’t have done it without them. They have My deepest respect.
    Please send Me an email with your story, poem, etc. Or just write Me and i’ll give You My phone and address.
    You can name your Tribute, poem , story,etc. Please put that I can have full permission to use it. And sign Your name.
    thank you, Trudy Jackson- magesticats@net-change.com

  7. Kelly says:

    There were quite a few entry’s about Trader Joe’s yesterday so i e-mailed them to ask about the product staftey and how they makde sure what they were selling was safe. Here is the respose. Note that they do not “know” what % of product are 100% from China, but overall I feel they are sincere. It worries me that they are depending on the FDA to help them do their job.

    Dear Kelly,

    Thank you for contacting us with your concerns regarding the safety of our products in light of the recent news that melamine has been identified in the human food supply. In response to your particular concern regarding our products, we want to assure you that we are working very closely with all of our vendors to ensure both the quality and safety of our products. Please know that if we had any reason for concern, we would immediately pull the product off of our shelves and inform our customers of our actions and the reasons for them. Some of our products do come from China. We do not have a master list containing all products from China. We ask that you please read all labels.

    We’ve been buying products from other countries for close to 50 years, and our buyers are diligent about identifying reputable, quality driven suppliers for each and every product we sell. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and crew, and the quality of our products.

    We appreciate your concern and feed back. Our buyers have strong relationships with our vendors. Trader Joe’s is committed to bringing in great products from around the world for over forty years. We require FDA regulated GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) program of our vendors regardless of country. HACCP is a systematic approach to identifying, evaluating and controlling food safety hazards. In addition, our Quality Assurance Team audits our vendors to monitor their facilities and practices. We believe that quality, along with price, is essential to the value of our products, and we go to extreme measures to make sure we are bringing you the best of both.

    Thank you for shopping with us!

    Sincerely,

    Amy B.

    Trader Joe’s

    Customer Relations

  8. Joan says:

    SO IT TAKES THE DATE JUNE 3rd TO REPORT THIS
    The ground beef products were produced on April 20 and were shipped to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah.

    California Firm Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_...../index.asp

  9. Susan says:

    The ground beef recalls never come about until the local health departments report people sick with E.coli 0157:H7. That old USDA sticker on the meat package does not means it’s safe.

  10. Anonymous says:

    menusux Says:

    June 4th, 2007 at 1:52 pm
    Miami Herald had a typo–it’s Yangzhou Kingsley Import & Export Company. The company claims it’s FDA-registered and exports toothbrushes, toothpaste and surgical soap:

    ===================
    Surgical soap, marvelous!

  11. Susan says:

    Does this make any sense?
    My e-mail:
    From: ——-
    Sent: Monday, June 04, 2007 11:50 AM
    To: Steve Miller
    Subject: RPC

    I noticed on your website that you sell RPC. I noticed on the FDA website that “someone” ordered RPC from BINZHOU FUTIAN BIOLOGY TECHNOLOGY CO LTD and it was refused at the port on May 31, 2007 as poisonous. Surely you wouldn’t be doing business with a company that sells poisonous product. I think you should let your customers know, if you were the company doing this.

    Chem Nutra’s answer:
    We were that company. We’ve never bought anything from Binzhou Futian.

    Steve Miller
    ChemNutra Inc.
    702-799-9801

    I don’t get it. How can they be the company ordering from Binzhou Futian, but never bought anything from them?

  12. Steve says:

    http://www.bizn.com.cn/

  13. Steve says:

    In China, ‘cutthroat capitalism’ often means cutting corners

    http://www.iht.com/articles/20...../fakes.php

  14. Not Asleep at the Wheel says:

    Beware folks! From A feed industry newsletter:

    http://www.allaboutfeed.net/ne.....ested.html

    USE OF GLYCERIN AS CATTLE FEED TESTED
    // 25 may 2007

    Agricultural scientists from the University of Missouri are looking into the possibilities to use glycerin, a byproduct from the biodiesel industry, as cattle feed.

    In a 6-month study that began this month, ruminant nutrition Professor Monty Kerley and colleagues are monitoring the growth of 60 calves from various being feed glycerin.

    Short term option
    “We’re really looking at the energy value and how it compares to corn,” Kerley said. “When the animal consumes glycerin, it’s absorbed, and the glycerin is used to make glucose. Because it’s liquid, there are two things we worry about; how much can be used in the diet before it changes the form of the diet; and whether there is a limit to how much glycerin can be processed by the animal”. Even if glycerin proves acceptable as a cattle feed, Kerley said it would likely only be a short-term option.

    “We probably have a 3- to 5-year window to use this for animal feed at a reduced cost,” he said. “After three to five years, you’ll see industrial applications utilizing this glycerin and that may price it out of the animal feed industry.”

  15. Steve says:

    ‘Asleep at the Wheel’

    Good name for the FDA

  16. menusux says:

    Steve Says:

    June 4th, 2007 at 7:50 pm
    http://www.bizn.com.cn/

    http://www.bizn.com.cn/n1/113/

    Rice Protein Concentrate 4/24/2007 10:33:13 AM

    http://www.bizn.com.cn/n1/113/18531.asp

    Company Name: Wudi Jinliang Corn Development Co., Ltd.

    http://www.21food.com/showroom.....CHINA.html

    http://www.sdlllw.com

    Click the URL above and look at the title at upper left in your browser-Wudi Jinliang Corn Development Co. Ltd.

    This apparently serves as a front company for Binzhou Futian Biotechnology Co. Ltd., exporter of adulterated “RPC” to the US and “corn gluten” to South Africa.

  17. Steve says:

    China defends use of chemical in toothpaste

    Chinese officials maintain that toothpaste containing diethylene glycol is safe to use, saying that a U.S. advisory urging consumers not to use Chinese-made toothpaste was “unscientific.”

    “Therefore the warning issued by the FDA … is unscientific, irresponsible and contradictory,” the agency said.

    http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/sto.....china.html

  18. Steve says:

    And on the security front. (Off Topic)

    Three plead guilty to leaking US submarine secrets to China

    http://tinyurl.com/29j5cj

  19. High Note says:

    Thanks Susan for the sight on grass fed beef, etc. They got some in Kansas where I live. Will talk to my hubby about getting some grass fed beef. Thanks a lot for posting it!!!

  20. Steve says:

    menusux at 9:31 pm

    Apparently so

  21. Anonymous says:

    Susan- If you order something it doesn’t always mean you paid for it.

  22. Amy says:

    Trudy - it would be nice, if you do wind up compiling a book of our stories that we submit to you, if you could turn all profits over to Itchmo and Pet Connection; have you thought of that?

  23. Trudy Jackson says:

    Ann, Yes, that’s a very good idea. I am already giving a percentage to animal rescue . Thanks

  24. Amy says:

    I think you should give all; cover the expenses and then give ALL profits to Itchmo, Pet Connection, etc., otherwise you’re just as bad as the pet food companies making a profit off our tragedies. Sorry, I won’t be sending my story to you. Thanks and good luck.

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