Due to a technical problem, we were down most of Monday. So here’s what you missed.
We are going through the reports of reimbursements and post highlights tomorrow.
Also from Monday: How important is salvage pet food to hog farmers?
It’s been more than 3 months since the first of the melamine recalls were announced. We’re still collecting your experiences with filing for reimbursements from pet food companies. Please send us your stories.
Here’s are some posts from the first days of the recall:
- The first analysis of the recall impact.
- Menu Foods’ first press release since recall angers Itchmo.
- We discover Iams’ exclusive contract with Menu Foods.
Related News: Deja vu all over again - FDA investigated toothpaste risk 10 years ago. Highlights after the jump.
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Highlights from the New York Times via International Herald Tribune:
After a drug ingredient from China killed dozens of Haitian children a decade ago, a senior American health official sent a cable to her investigators: find out who made the poisonous ingredient and why a state-owned company in China exported it as safe, pharmaceutical-grade glycerin.
The Chinese were of little help. Requests to find the manufacturer were ignored. Business records were withheld or destroyed.
The Americans had reason for alarm. “The U.S. imports a lot of Chinese glycerin and it is used in ingested products such as toothpaste,” Mary Pendergast, then deputy commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, wrote on Oct. 27, 1997. Learning how diethylene glycol, a syrupy poison used in some antifreeze, ended up in Haitian fever medicine might “prevent this tragedy from happening again,” she wrote.
The FDA’s mission ultimately failed. By the time an FDA agent visited the suspected manufacturer, the plant was shut down and Chinese companies said they bore no responsibility for the mass poisoning.
In a global economy, ingredients for drugs are often bought and sold many times in different countries, sometimes without proper paperwork, all of which increases the risk of fraud, the authorities say.
The Panama poison passed through five hands, the Haitian poison six. In both cases, the factory’s original certificate of analysis, attesting to the contents of the shipment and its provenance, did not accompany the product as it moved around the world.