Recall Update: Saturday

New recall from Chenango Valley Foods (Full list of new recalled foods)

  • 8 brands affected
  • New brands:
    • Shop Rite
    • Shep
    • Health Diet
    • Evolve
    • 8 in 1 (ferret food)
  • This announcement came on the 9th Friday since the first Menu Foods recall.

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119 Responses to “Recall Update: Saturday”

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  1. mittens says:

    i work in the food industry and personally am HAACP certified as required by my job. sometimes the guys i work with( whose english is not so good) dump the wrong flour sack in the wrong bin( pastry flour instead of cake or all purpose flour) and even though it’s all white flour i can tell, after 20 years of doing this, which flour is which. i once worked with a baker who could tell the difference in a wheat crop in a particular brand of flour( king arthur on his request ran tests when he complained about how his bread was coming out and proved him right.)

    i have a hard time believing that no one could notice the difference even if the bags were mislabelled. it’s a major ass cover- but sorry boys ain’t no circus tarp out there big enough to cover your massive fraud butt. you used melamine because you’ve used it for years and you got away with it until now busted! lying sacks of…

    … flour.

  2. Helen says:
    March 26, 2007 Also appeared in print April 2, 2007, p. 11
    Pet Food Recall
    Aminopterin, a rodent-killing compound, is found in samples of pet food made by Menu Foods
    Lois R. Ember
    “Scientists at the New York State Food Laboratory have identified the rodent-killing compound aminopterin at levels of at least 40 ppm in samples of pet food made by Menu Foods. Menu sells the pet food throughout the U.S. under 95 brand names and has recalled 60 million cans and pouches of wet cat and dog food. To date, Menu says 15 cats and one dog that ate the recalled brands have died of kidney failure.”

    Notice the date. Dr. Michael W. Fox said a lab in Canada DID ALSO find aminopterin in the recalled food.

  3. elliott says:

    This is a lengthly article, but please check out Dr Fox’s website. I do not know how
    to post it correctly - but it is www. Menusux- it recaps succinctly IMO.

  4. elliott says:

    From Dr Fox’s site - he mentions CYROMAZINE.

  5. Genny says:

    Hi There Helen,

    I’m with you on the Aminopterin. I’ve been thinking that since the first lab report came out but only from the stand point of the panic that would ensue if/when the public found out. Not as smart as you to actually have an opinion based on intellectual knowledge. ( ; Sure am getting an education here!

  6. Helen says:

    Hi Genny, I too am getting an education. One I never wanted to need. Meanwhile happy cat now hates Evangers after eating it just fine. Back to looking for wet food that won’t kill her. Sigh.

  7. Genny says:


    Do you think she sniffed out something that’s not right with the food or just being picky? Difficiult to tell if they’re just being little brats or not. Neither of mine liked canned Innova or Cal Natural so I was afraid to push it. Sure narrows our options even more.

    A friend of mine rescued a cat that some kids had thrown off a second story apartment balcony. He never had problems with her jumping on furniture or counters. She was strickly a Low Rider. Interesting how they remember the traumas of their young lives.

  8. Helen says:

    Genny, I think she is just being herself. She wants her Fatal Feast. I don’t think there is anything unsafe about Evangers or Innova, Cat Nat or any Innova food. My cat is certifiable finicky cat. (Picture of her in the dictionary by “finicky”) I said many long weeks ago I will not try to subdue her or trick her into eating rejected food, because this did actually save her life. She rejected that dry food after eating it her whole life with great gusto. She loves the change to Innova dry but won’t touch the wet. Wish she would just love the Innova and Evangers wet with the same enthusiasm she had for Fatal Feast. She does love Sheba, which has zero supplements, but if I feed her this as her only wet I worry that she won’t get enough taurine from the dry and will NOT eat raw meat. The Sheba is made in Thailand, and I was reading tonight Thailand has a problem with botchulism in canned food products. Worry now for the soy-free tuna also. Life is a crap shoot. I will feed her tuna and sheba from Thailand I guess. >:x

  9. 6catmommy says:

    There is a new aricle on MSNBC site. Have any of you seen it yet?

    I was wondering how long it will take for food ingredient shortages to arrive. I’ve noticed lots of changing ingredients in the bread I buy. Not only are they adding wheat gluten, to a product made of wheat flour, but now they are adding defatted soy flour too. Maybe not enough good flour to go around, so they have to add extra crap fillers. I am going to make my own bread, but oops did someone say yeast is made in China???

  10. Genny says:

    Mine refuse to be tricked into trying new safer wet food. I’ve tried. They were never picky before but are with the new “premo” food.

    As for now, I trust Thailand over China. They are used to USA customers’ and consumers’ demands. That’s not to say they are not bent to make a buck but at least botchulism is a probable accident, not a diliberate. You are correct; we are still left with the crap shoot.

    I posted earlier but no response. Do you remember if it was wheat gluten in bags labled “wheat” ?

  11. Genny says:

    6catmommy Says,

    After all this started with the wheat gluten, I dusted off my bread maker and started making whole wheat bread again. I am using Red Star Active Dry Yeast. Looking at the package it says: Does not contain wheat gluten or other cereal protein. Product of Mexico.

    Still leaves questions if yeast is made in China.

  12. 6catmommy says:

    Bakipan yeast is made in Mexico too. :(

  13. Floridian says:

    FDA Center For Veterinary Medicine Letter To Feed And Feed Ingredient Manufacturers

    Dear Feed and Feed Ingredient Manufacturers:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking this opportunity to remind feed and feed ingredient manufacturers of their legal responsibility to ensure that every ingredient used in their products is safe for its intended use, whether the product is meant to be used to feed animals intended for human consumption or non-food animals such as pets.

    In view of the recent recalls of various pet foods due to the presence of wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate contaminated with melamine and melamine-related compounds, and information revealing that some of this contaminated pet food may have been mixed with feed for pigs and poultry intended for human consumption, manufacturers are encouraged to make sure they have procedures in place that ensure the safety of the products and ingredients in their products, as well as the safety of the packaging and processing supplies they use. Manufacturers should also verify that their suppliers have such procedures in place. Advice on how to ensure that food ingredients and food products are safe can be found at

    FDA issued a protein ingredient surveillance assignment on May 1, 2007 ( As part of this assignment, FDA, in conjunction with state regulatory authorities, will be performing inspections of various food and feed facilities. A variety of protein ingredients commonly used in the U.S. food and feed manufacturing will be sampled and tested for the presence of melamine and melamine-related compounds. FDA has initiated this assignment to help ensure the safety of the U.S. food and feed supplies. The assignment will supplement testing already conducted by FDA. The protein concentrates being tested include wheat gluten, corn gluten, corn meal, soy protein, and rice protein concentrate. Over the next few weeks, the assignment may expand in size and scope to include additional types of protein concentrates and finished products.

    During inspections of manufacturing facilities conducted as part of this assignment, FDA will reiterate to the food and feed industry the importance of assuring the safety and security of their ingredients and products by knowing their manufacturing and packaging operators, ingredient suppliers, contract manufacturers and sources for all incoming materials. FDA will collect samples primarily during inspections of domestic food and feed manufactures or, in the case of imports, at the point of entry. The samples will be analyzed at a variety of laboratories that are part of the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN).

    Manufacturers are responsible for taking their own measures to ensure the safety of their products. Manufacturers should not wait for possible FDA testing of their materials as manufacturers bear the responsibility of ensuring only safe products are put on the market. For those companies interested in performing their own tests for melamine, the methodology used by the FERN laboratories can be found at

    For more information please contact Cathie Marshall in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at 240-276-9217 or by e-mail

    Sincerely yours,

    Stephen S. Sundlof, D.V.M., Ph.D
    Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine

  14. Genny says:

    I live about 3 hours from the border and have some experience with Mexico trade. I trust them way more than China but who knows where Mexico sources yeast. Guess we’re just friggin’ domed.

  15. chris says:

    I have been trying to avoid things like GMOs, thimerosal laden vaccines,killer prescription drugs etc, for years but the major problem in doing this is apparently political - i.e. politicians are illiterate, IMO, as they do not know what the definition of “representative” is. If they are “our” elected representatives, how is it that very few of them ever listen to whom they are supposed to be representing (us) , but to big business (Monsanto, Aventis and their ilk, etc). Seems to me that the following saying is becoming very applicable:

    Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money.
    — 19th century Cree Indian saying

  16. Helen says:

    Genny, it was wheat flour in packages labelled wheat gluten and RPC. The packages avoided inspection for export from China by being sent as industrial chemicals rather than food grade ingredients.

  17. Maureen says:

    Re: the mysterious 5th ingredient discussed earlier on this thread

    I’m as suspicious as anyone, but I think the 5th ingredient is what they said it was, a “standard” added by the testers in the testing protocol for melamine et al. The FDA’s answer to what the 5th ingredient was gave rise to speculation and they were saying in effect they didn’t want the miscreants to know their testing procedures so they could find a way to obscure their testing. But they released the following protocol and it’s online.

    Here’s the protocol that the FDA released on May 7, 2007 (Method for Screening and Confirmation of Melamine and Related Analogs):

    Scroll down to the chart (MS Conditions): There are 6 “groups”, among them Benzoguanamine (which is added by the testers as a “standard”. Also, biuret/urea appears. See the footnote which says: “Urea and Biuret are not formally part of the screen but they are related to the compounds of interest and may be detected”.)

    I think that that the 5th ingredient is benzoquanamine. If you look near the top of the page, you’ll see it described this way: “For use as an internal standard.”

    From Wikipedia when you look up “analysis standard”:

    [edit] Internal Standards

    Sometimes an internal standard is added at a known concentration directly to an analytical sample to aid in quantitation. The amount of analyte present is then determined relative to the internal standard as a calibrant.

    [edit] Standard Curve

    A standard method for analysis of concentration involves the creation of a calibration curve. This allows for determination of the amount of a chemical in a material by comparing the results of unknown sample to those of a series known standards. (…)

  18. JJ says:

    Still waiting to find out who those 17 other companies are? Why not step forward and identify yourselves. Sooner or later we will find out. Come on give it up, dont hold back like Menu Foods did before letting people know that their pets were in danger and with no hope of saving the ones since Menu Foods kept their mouth shut thinking this was a flash in the pan and it would blow over in a few days. We do not want 1,000’s of dead people out there from eating your products. Step forward and IDENTIFY YOURSELVES!

  19. YaYa says:

    Do I remember also that, Menu Foods had originally a “load” of some 338,000 tons of wheat gluten but used only something like 220,000 tons in the time frame in question??

    Do I remember this right?

    Where is the “excess”?

    Was it sold off to others?

    If not, was it ‘disposed” of? How?


    Also Wilbur Ellis sells not only “feed” but fertilizers {hmmm} and Cement. {I’m sure there are other items they sell as well.}

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