Recall Update: Weekend Edition

(UPDATE) Food-safety news:

(ORIGINAL POST) Recall-Related News:

PetSmart Responds To Toxin News:

PetSmart responds to the lab report on acetaminophen in pet food. Says information is “not based on facts”. In our opinion, that’s strong language while the jury is still out on the subject. Read the full email to an Itchmo reader after the jump.

China says they have rejected US products that do not meet Chinese quality standards:

Inspectors in the ports of Ningbo and Shenzhen found bacteria and sulfur dioxide in products shipped by three American companies, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said.”

The products failed to meet the sanitary standards of China,” the agency said in a brief notice posted on its Web site. No details were given on when or how the inspections were conducted.

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(Thanks to Offy, klondike and menusux)

PetSmart’s response on acetaminophen:

The information regarding the aecetominophen (sic) is not based on facts, at this time. We are investigating this story and have found nothing to substantiate these allocations at this time. PetSmart will make the right decision when the investigation is done. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Barany Chittenden
Product Care Specialist

117 Responses to “Recall Update: Weekend Edition”

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  1. straybaby says:

    ok, is this beef recall number 2 or 3?!

    not in terms of expanding, but in terms of manufacturer product.

    we have this one and the Texas one (tyson natural beef) for sure. but is the one in the midwest the same as the current one, or was that a sep one? if so, can someone supply me links so i can do one email with all 3 recalls?

    thanks in advance!

  2. HomeGrown says:

    I thought this quite applicable to the times today and have included at the bottom of some of my letters to my elected officials. Not that they give one hoot, but it makes me feel better somehow to bring it to their attention.

    “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country…corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.”

    President Abraham Lincoln

  3. Maureen says:

    Straybaby: This is the link. this June 9 “California firm” recall (5.7M lbs.) is an extension of the same company’s June 3 recall (75k lbs).

    This site has links to all these press releases announcing recalls, etc.

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

    You’ll be able to get links to these from June:
    June

    * California Firm Expands Recall of Ground Beef for Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination (Jun 9, 2007)
    * Texas Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination (Jun 8, 2007)
    * California Firm Expands Recall of Ground Beef for Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination (Jun 6, 2007)
    * New York Firm Recalls Chicken Products For Possible Listeria Contamination (Jun 5, 2007)
    * Codex Seeks Comments on Sanitary and Phytosanitary International Standard-Setting Activities (Jun 4, 2007)
    * California Firm Recalls Ground Beef for Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination (Jun 3, 2007)

  4. Trudy Jackson says:

    Homegrown, what a great idea. and it sure is the truth today just as was then,.I think I feel very anxious. My body is acting crazy, because of the stress. You did a good thing to send the letters. Yeah.

  5. Trudy Jackson says:

    The weired things is- I just told my husband that We keep doing things We say we’ll never do again. After WW2 We said, never again will there be a Genocide-Now look. After Veitnam, We said never again will We do this- and now look. How dumb can a country be that does things over and over? We may up destroying ourselves.

  6. petslave says:

    Elaine–have you used the ranch direct meats? The ground meats for pets are a great price, but I’m wondering about quality, fats, etc. It would be nice to feed buffalo occasionally & this is really cheap (just don’t want cheap to truly mean cheap in this case)

  7. E. Hamilton says:

    Ann H and Home Grown, you two are faboo!

  8. Trudy Jackson says:

    My leter is still not on the Consumer Report yet!

  9. Lorna says:

    Ground beef - for those who feed raw(that’s me) it’s a good idea not to use ground beef from the store unless you really trust the butcher/equipment.
    You can grind meat at home yourself to be sure of its quality.Or if you are putting meals together just before they are fed you can add the chunks of meat to the other ingredients.That’s good for the dog’/cats’ teeth anyway.

    Lorna

  10. straybaby says:

    Maureen Says:
    June 9th, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks Maureen!! You would think I would know at this point to check the gov site!! lol!~ I think they’ve officially scrambled my brains!

    *goes back to blending chocolate and raspberries. working on the prefect ice cream mix!*

  11. Steve says:

    “When your seat is so safe that you’re not concerned about perception, you become too wedded to Washington and you lose touch with your constituency, and you lose touch with your real purpose” . . . . Political strategist

    Well, Americans are going to remind you what your real purpose is.

    That you can count on.

  12. Elaine says:

    Petslave,

    I haven’t used the Ranch Direct meat for pets, I have my own beef we raise. But somebody sent us some steaks as a gift, and they were really good!

    I had just noticed on the website that the pet meat was a good price, so I thought it would be good to post.

    In our area we have a local U.S. grass fed beef outlet, and every now and then they have really good sales on ground beef, and I think it is because so many people don’t cook roasts or stew and order more steak so the ground beef is really good quality, like ground round and less than 2$ a pound.

    I would say to call them and ask, or order a small amount and then you would know.

  13. Elaine says:

    Lorna,

    Most grocery stores that cut meat and grind meat receive the meat in big boxes that come from packing plants. I would ask, if I was you, what it is they grind into hamburger.

    One thing you need to remember is that in the case of e coli, the contamination occured at the slaughter facility, because the e coli is in the gut and the carcass wasn’t cleaned properly.

    The store that receives the meat is not at fault. The local grocery store in my area gets boxed beef from Canada.

  14. Cynthia says:

    TELL CONGRESS WE WANT COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELS ON OUR FOOD
    GO TO: http://www.democracyinaction.o....._KEY=11257

    This form will send the letter to your Representative and to both of your Senators.

    Concerns over long distance food transportation (food miles) and global warming, compounded by recent food poisoning scandals, linked to contaminated pet, poultry, and pig food ingredients from China, have taken away many Americans’ appetites for cheap imported foods. Shocked at media reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is inspecting approximately one-percent of all imported food, health-minded consumers are demanding that Congress implement mandatory Country of Origin Labels (COOL) labels on food. Federal farm policy theoretically requires Country of Origin Labeling for food. Reacting to polls indicating that 80% of American consumers want to know where their food is coming from, Congress incorporated COOL into the 2002 Farm Bill. COOL was supposed to go into effect in September 2004. Unfortunately, corporate agribusiness, Wal-Mart, and the supermarket chains bribed an ethically-impaired Congress with millions of dollars to block implementation of COOL labels. As a result, Americans are buying billions of dollars of imported foods without knowing it. In order to promote health and sustainability, and to save North American family farms, we need to restore our right to know where our food is coming from. Tell Congress we want Country of Origin Labels for both conventional and organic food, and we want it now:

    STOP THE U.S. TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY ACT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE
    Fast Track – the outdated, outrageous law that Richard Nixon cooked up to take away Congress’ constitutional authority over trade policy
    – is expiring on June 30, 2007.

    Surprise, surprise. President Bush wants Congress to hand him a blank check of more Fast Track so he can do more of the same NAFTA-style deals for his big corporate buddies.

    With Fast Track expiring, we have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to fix the current devastating rules of the global economy — and your voice is the only way to make a real difference!

    GO TO:http://action.citizen.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=6751

    Use the form on this web site to let your representatives know that you absolutely oppose any more Fast Track, and that it must be replaced with a better system that will help us create fair trade agreements.

    This form will send the letter to your Representative and to both of your Senators.

    More resources to stop Fast Track…
    http://www.sierraclub.org/trade/fasttrack/

  15. Ann H says:

    What pet owners learned the hard way:

    http://www.fda.gov/cvm/petlabel.htm

    INFORMATION FOR CONSUMERS
    FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
    CENTER FOR VETERINARY MEDICINE

    INTERPRETING PET FOOD LABELS
    (excerpts)

    Other Label Claims

    Many pet foods are labeled as “premium,” and some now are “super premium” and even “ultra premium.” Other products are touted as “gourmet” items. Products labeled as premium or gourmet are not required to contain any different or higher quality ingredients, nor are they held up to any higher nutritional standards than are any other complete and balanced products.

    Summary

    Pet owners and veterinary professionals have a right to know what they are feeding their animals. The pet food label contains a wealth of information, if one knows how to read it. Do not be swayed by the many marketing gimmicks or eye-catching claims. If there is a question about the product, contact the manufacturer or ask an appropriate regulatory agency.

    **If you have questions about your pet food, call your State Agriculture Dept and see if they have tested the foods in their feed programs. **

    Some states, like Kentucky, have their Commercial Feed Bulletins online. Kentucky’s 2006 bulletin is due to be posted later this year.

    Georgia, on the other hand, has no online documents and per the Agriculture department “few pet foods” are in the test results- and the reports are available to you if you go to their offices.

    Individual states right now seem to be the first line of “regulation” for pet foods.

    Get your Agriculture Departments involved in resolving this!

  16. Lorna says:

    Hi Elaine,

    “Most grocery stores that cut meat and grind meat receive the meat in big boxes that come from packing plants. I would ask, if I was you, what it is they grind into hamburger. ”

    Well,that,too.I just won’t buy any of it ground.

    “One thing you need to remember is that in the case of e coli, the contamination occured at the slaughter facility, because the e coli is in the gut and the carcass wasn’t cleaned properly.

    The store that receives the meat is not at fault. ”

    I wouldn’t go that far but we don’t have to agree.

    Lorna

  17. JanC says:

    I’m not sure all grocery stores will do this but a friend of mine (who lives in the boonies & can’t get to the store all that often) picks out a few steaks & asks the butcher to grind them up. She refuses to buy already ground beef. I keep meaning to ask at my grocery store to see if they’ll do that for me. I like that idea so much more. At least you know what’s in it.

    I found this at Pet Connection & feel it’s very appropriate:

    #

    “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

    Thomas Jefferson

    Comment by MFEMFEM — June 9, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

    #

    Boy oh boy, still true today as it was back then, maybe moreso…..

  18. Lorna says:

    Canada’s national radio,CBC,had an interesting program just now.(maybe Serius 137 in N.A.?)
    They are FINALLY talking about THOUSANDS of pets who died because of the food.The main discussion was ‘Eating Chinese’ and the problems with importing foods,inspections,COOL and so on.
    Interesting information from Wenran Jiang , the director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta. “He keeps a close watch on the Chinese economy, and its implications for global politics.”
    I lost it when Paul Mayers , the Executive Director of the Animal Products Directorate of the CFIA(Canadian Food Inspection Agency) made it clear that you don’t want to “confuse the consumer” by mentioning all countries involved in the product on the label.It’s complicated,he said.
    Poor *customers* are always so easily confused,aren’t we?
    Or could it have something to do with the food lobby in Ottawa ? The anti-COOL dudes who want to do whatever they want with our food.

    http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/latestshow.html

    Lorna

  19. HomeGrown says:

    Lorna Says:

    June 10th, 2007 at 10:33 am

    “Paul Mayers , the Executive Director of the Animal Products Directorate of the CFIA(Canadian Food Inspection Agency) made it clear that you don’t want to “confuse the consumer” by mentioning all countries involved in the product on the label. It’s complicated,he said.”

    Well let me be the first to “uncomplicate” it.

    IF IT DON’T SAY….I DON’T PAY!

  20. HomeGrown says:

    Oh and here is a link from Pet Connection I think. We already have a law passed regarding COOL! But the big boys keep suspending it. Are laws worth the paper they are printed on?

    By Stephen J. Hedges
    Washington Bureau
    Published June 10, 2007

    “WASHINGTON — Amid concerns about the safety of pet food ingredients and catfish from China, consumers and even a few members of Congress are wondering why there isn’t a law that requires merchants to label where food comes from.”

    “The short answer: There is. And there has been since 2002.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/.....;cset=true

  21. Susan says:

    You know, how is it confusing to find out where ingredients come from? I love how these clowns look at us.

  22. menusux says:

    Wonder if they will claim the rat was an import:

    http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/a.....mp;sid=LIF

    Rat bites girl at Chinese Mcdonald`s
    Zeenews.com June 10, 2007

    “US fast food giant Mcdonald`s was forced to pay compensation to a student who was bitten by a rat at one of its outlets in northeast China.

    “The girl was bitten at a Mcdonald`s restaurant in the province of Liaoning, the Beijing Morning Post said.

    “The incident happened last December and the court case was heard in April, but has only now come to light amid a growing trade dispute between China and the United States over tainted food and health products.

    “A container of nearly two tons of pistachios was turned back at a port in Guangdong province due to dangers the termites posed to the local environment and to the insect`s propensity to breed quickly, the paper said.”

    And now the ants have become termites. They forget about the insects which were inadvertently imported from China a few years ago which have devastated the older tree population in some cities and suburbs.

    http://www.nj.com/business/led.....amp;coll=1

    Import inspections stress FDA resources
    NJ Star-Ledger June 10, 2007

    “Janet Woodcock, the FDA’s chief medical officer, said the agency is equipped to inspect less than 1 percent of all products imported into the country. It also lacks the resources to adequately inspect production and processing facilities overseas, she said, and in many cases must deal with developing nations whose food, drug and device laws are lacking.

    “”There has been an explosion of imports,” Woodcock said in an interview last week. “The world has globalized and all this stuff is coming in from outside the United States, but the regulations and procedures we have in place really did not contemplate this change.”

    “”Our ability to inspect all the production facilities outside the United States or monitor clinical trials or the manufacture of medical products is very limited,” she said. “Are we concerned? Yes, we are concerned about this. We see this trend increasing.”

    “The FDA said it will inspect only 0.7 percent of the estimated 16.3 million shipments it regulates that will come across the borders and into American ports this year from more than 230 countries.

    “William Hubbard, a former FDA deputy commissioner, said food imports including fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, food ingredients and packaged foods have grown exponentially, accounting for more than half of all foreign FDA-regulated products coming to the United States.”

    So until someone in the Beltway actually DOES something about it, we can continue to expect disasters to happen.

  23. Elaine says:

    Lorna,

    To clarify my statement that the grocery store isn’t at fault: I am not excusing unsanitary conditions in grocery store meat markets—I am just saying that IF they make hamburger from trimmings that came in a box from the packing plant, the e coli contaminated meat was already there.

    It could only be a small portion that is contaminated, but grinding and mixing it with the rest of the trimmings in the box disperses the e coli throughout the hamburger.

    In the case of the recent meat recalls, SOMEBODY, like maybe the USDA, should be following the meat back to the source packing plant and inspecting their processing procedures. This is where the source of the problem is, and it needs to be corrected.

    The USDA HAACP program, Hazard Analysis and Control Policy (? I am not sure if I got that right,) relies on PAPERWORK, and is the same thing as the FDA saying they have limited resources so they only look where their risk analysis says there may be a problem!

    Unfortunately, they do not want to find the big packing plants as the source of the problem.

  24. HomeGrown says:

    Uh oh, sorry Itchmo! The link above to the Chicago Tribune Article was not at Pet Connection, I saw it HERE. I look at so much I got confused. Just wanted to give credit where credit was due. I love both sites.

  25. Susan says:

    According to the USDA, it’s our fault when we get sick and die from E. coli:

    “Consumers should only eat ground beef patties that have been cooked to a safe temperature of 160 °F. When a ground beef patty is cooked to 160 °F throughout, it can be safe and juicy, regardless of color. The only way to be sure a ground beef patty is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use an accurate food thermometer. Color is not a reliable indicator that ground beef patties have been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7. Eating a pink or red ground beef patty without first verifying that the safe temperature of 160 °F has been reached is a significant risk factor for foodborne illness. Thermometer use to ensure proper cooking temperature is especially important for those who cook or serve ground beef patties to people most at risk for foodborne illness because E. coli O157:H7 can lead to serious illness or even death. Those most at risk include young children, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems.”

  26. E. Hamilton says:

    Wanna do a little something today troops?

    There is STILL poison on the store shelves. Still sickening and killing.

    Go get a Digg account here- http://digg.com/
    free and easy

    and then vote for this story -http://tinyurl.com/2hwmpg
    so more people will see it.

  27. E. Hamilton says:

    And the writer of the story , who can be contacted by an email at the bottom of the article, might like to know that we appreciate the coverage.

    And maybe she could pass on to the poor people who have the sick cat that Iams is lying through their teeth.

  28. Debbie4747 says:

    I’m not sure if this has been posted before, but regarding organic foods, this kinda sucks

    http://www.latimes.com/busines.....ome-center

  29. Black Lab Owner says:

    Re: The Chicago Tribune story

    Did you notice that there is no one quoted whose sole reason for speaking is that he or she eats food? Has a family? Has pets? Has a conscience?

    This article states that the Country of Origin Labeling met with “a cool reception.” This only applies to the suppliers, manufacturers and serial food poisoners who wish to continue with business as usual.

    There are absolutely no “man on the street” interviews or polling data cited as to actual support from the U.S. public for these labels. While they are at it, they should be polling those in foreign markets who will be receiving these processed foods or raw materials as imports.

    The support for this labeling from U.S. citizens is overwhelming. Lazy reporting. Lazy, lazy, lazy.

  30. YaYa says:

    They used to tell the Publc if you want to do your best to avoid meat being contaminated, pick meat that’s been “touched” the Least. Whether by human or Machine.
    {not cleaning all those machines too well are they, after not cleaning/carving the carcass Good!}

    Now days that’s Impossible. Unless like some have said you grind your own at home.
    These boxed and shipped across the country packed meats go though so many things to get to the store shelves.

    The Local Butcher looks better and better and so does buying a Side or even a quarter of beef.
    Having it cut or Ground to your specs. and maybe renting a meat locker {even split the expense and side/whole or quarter} with family or friends} is a Good way to go. imho

    Someone mentioned Ranch meats from somewhere? Can ya post that URL again?
    {I’d like to check out the buffalo, it sure taste good and pretty sure they don’t have THAT in China or anywhere else! :-D }
    Maybe it was Elaine?

    Also on the Story of ChineseGov Rejecting things on us now, in their tit-for-tat games.
    I found a story that has the FDA Comments and some replies- more coverage than the story at the top.

    I Juuuust Luv the way Acheson is determined to find out WHY, these things have been rejected by China’s QA and quarrentine sector.

    Wished he’d be THAT interested in OUR Food coming IN and being SERVED!
    I could not Believe how “interested” he is in this “problem”.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19113689

    All this over our 1% inspected and small % rejection rate???????????????
    Give me a Break China!

    {the China Gov. sure seems to have their Own money and peoplepower enough to Inspect what’s going INTO China- How bout they do the Same for What they Ship TO Us and OUT?!}

    One thing for Sure: WE are making WAVES across the Seas and we Should Keep It UP!

    {they don’t Get-it that, in This country they have a Harder time shutting US Up! I’m sure that’s a Shock :-P }

    Let’s keep rocking the “BOATS”!

    I think it’s Better for both Countries citizens in the long run!

    Just my opinions :-)

  31. Trudy Jackson says:

    Why in the world would China be worried about our food, after what they eat!! there’s no way. They just want to show-off. Big deal, We won’t stop this fight until our food is right.

  32. HomeGrown says:

    Yeah, not like any of us are scrambling to get Chinese imports. In fact just the opposite is true. China sending imports back to US, just helps us imo. Force our companies to step up a little also. As we have learned this isn’t all about imports from China. I think it is about corporations and flat out greed without consideration of human or animal life. I, for one, hope they choke on their money.

  33. Trudy Jackson says:

    Homefrown- You said it! I say it too.

  34. Trudy Jackson says:

    Sorry I spelled it wrong. I need a nap,

  35. YaYa says:

    LOL Trudy :-)

    I Do agree Homegrown, but I also think that, there is a current from China that they Want, to Export their Toxic Waste.

    In the Article is states the Chinese Gov said they destroy Some and will send Back the rest.
    No skin off my nose if they do either.
    I Want Our Products to Stay here. THEY just do Not get that. DUH.

    And I know there are some unscrupulous US companies, but I still think, pound for pound the odds lean heavy towards China exports being or having an Issue.

    We also do Not have the Water alone {as just one example} pollutions, alot of these products come in contact with, along their way to us through China.
    {that’s just one concern}

    For me, I’m sure Our country is ‘cleaner’ than China.
    As bad as things might be Here for thstype issue, I’m sure as heck glad I’m not Under China’s Gov. for Any reason.

    I hope the Citizens of Both countries Benefit from Our Voices here.

    China jumped into this Export business on a Grand scale Way before it knew how or has even set up for. They just Crank it out.
    If we don’t want this to grow worse and want to stop it as it is, make tings Better, we need to Keep-up on Both, the US and China To bend to Our will and Clean up their acts. {or we’ll all be sick or dead!}

    {I also don’t think they/either should keep their citizens in the Dark, period}

    {I’m Furious as Always with Acheson’s “concern”, but even more that he’s bent out of shape over China’s tit-for-tat!!!!!!!! }

    I notice in some of the Osasis reports at FDA, China repeatedly sent the SAME shipments of rejected product BACK to the USA.

    In some cases the Aroma must be AMaZiNg! :-P

    my opinions, down from the tainted soap box :-D

  36. Elaine says:

    YaYa,

    That website is www.ranchfoodsdirect.com. I think there is a list of restaurants that use the meat from Ranch Foods Direct, so those of you in those areas can go check it out and do a taste test.

  37. HomeGrown says:

    Yes, you’re right Ya Ya, but let’s not forget that it was an Unregistered American Corp that used melamine as a binder in fish food. Even after everything that has gone on with the pet food. I would blame them for living under a rock, but I blame more the FDA and media for not getting the word out there where people will see it. More than just a hit and run article here and there, anyway. IMO The FDA and Corporations are trying their best to not alert as many people as possible and maybe in some instances it worked. But I don’t think they counted on so many recalls one after another and I believe more people found out than they would have liked. I mean really, 1 person has a sick or dead pet and all of the people in contact with that person (family, friends, co-workers, cashiers, hairdressers, etc) probably got mention of it. Word spreads, and it spreads relatively fast. Which is why I have said, they are hanging themselves with every with every delay to recall, or get the word out. Word of mouth makes companies or breaks companies. Always has, always will.

  38. Elaine says:

    E. Hamilton Says:

    June 10th, 2007 at 12:37 pm
    Wanna do a little something today troops?

    There is STILL poison on the store shelves. Still sickening and killing.

    Go get a Digg account here- http://digg.com/
    free and easy

    and then vote for this story -http://tinyurl.com/2hwmpg
    so more people will see it.

    E, the story didn’t show up as a link. Can you post that again?

    Is there any downside to getting a digg account such as spam, etc? I am older, so I am verrryy cautious to do anything like that! In fact, it probably took me two days to get up the courage to join in on the blog!
    Crazy, I know—–

  39. High Note says:

    I WAS A THE ASSISTANT MANAGER IN A SMALL GROCERY STORE AND I GROUND HAMBURGER. THEY USED TO COME IN BOXES AND THE GROUND BEEF WERE IN LONG TUBES. THEY GROUND THEM ONCE IN THE FACTORY AND THEN THE STORE REGROUNDS THEM WHEN THEY COME IN. BEFORE THIS WAS DONE THEY TOOK IT STRAIGHT OFF THE CARCASS. AND THEY STORED THEM IN THE STORES IN COOLING UNITS AND THEY WOULD GET HALF A CARCUSS WHAT EVER. NOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED. WAL MART STARTED GETTING THE HAMBURGER MEAT BROUGHT IN AND ALL ALL OF IT PREPACKAGED. NO MORE GRINDING FOR THE BUTCHER IN THE STORE. BUT THIS STUFF WAS TERRIBLE TO EAT TO ME. IT WAS VERY RUBBERY AND TASTED MORE LIKE A RUBBER BAND TO ME. SO.. I STARTED BYING MY MEAT AT DILLONS AFTER THAT. NOW DILLONS IS DOING THE SAME THING BECAUSE IT IS CHEAPER. I COMPLAINED ABOUT IT. I HATED THE TASTE OF THE MEAT AFTER IT SAT IN SHIPPING AND IN A BOX HEAVEN KNOWS HOW LONG. THEY NOW GROUND ONE KIND FOR ME. BUT I DON’T EVEN USE IT KNOW. I USE THE ONLY BRAND MY STORE HAS THAT IS NATURAL WITH NO PRESERVATIVE, HORMONES, ETC .

  40. E. Hamilton says:

    Digg is a good way to get attention for stories that are , shall we say, BETTER than the bull the FDA is feeding the public.
    There is a link to digg the story on the page with the story, looked kinda cool to I investigated it.
    The more people who digg a story the higher it ranks, very popular with the younger crowd.
    No down side that I know of,
    here is the link, I hope.
    http://tinyurl.com/2hwmpg

  41. E. Hamilton says:

    And here is a story that will make you furious!

    Comment if you like, no need to have a digg account.

    http://tinyurl.com/2zotnz

    What a jerk! Maybe his state board needs to review his ability to practice?, since he is obviously delusional and may very well be dangerous.

  42. YaYa says:

    Thank You Elaine! I will definitely visit it.

    Homegrown, You are So right. Something got out of control that None of them thought about and I think it was the Melamine {first} that set this into Overdrive.

    I mean how many people previously sent food to be tested? {I think they also forgot about the Internet and even Itchmo was Brand New right then too :-D }

    I think they thought the Melamine would turn out to be something noone would learn about and it could get passed by on. We’ve al become Conditioned to the Idea Cats and Dogs have Kidney prblems Period Right? They die younger and younger, who was keeping “score” anyway?
    BUT then *something* happened.
    Whether Cyanuric Acid being Dumped in too, possibly by very un-savory/unregulated/cheap/unclean type manufacturers or in Rendered meats etc or from Where-ever;
    It Grew Fast and Furiously and WE began to Band together Here {and a few other places}
    Comparing notes.

    Labs are being found on the Net to test privately. Then comes along other nasty ingredients. At the same time.

    Was it a comfort level reached by the China suppliers to Ship the unclean ingredients????

    The Binder deal I do and don not get too. HOW did a Company {or other feed companies} FIND TEMBEC????

    Has Anyone been able to find Web publication on this sort of Trade in the USA? And ADvertisement in a “Magazine” for the Binder sales?
    How was it advertised? As a Food binder?
    How would a wood/pulp/laminat chemicals type company come in Contact with a Feed Company???

    This is at least 3 years old too.

    And Yes I have run across folks who are Totally Ignorant of the Pet food Issues {ever the recalls!}

    One was ‘half’ informed’ A secretary at an attorney’s office on the phone. Oh yeah I knew about the recalls but don’t have a pet so— Don;t know anyting about any Class Action Suits! HUH? A secretary at an Attorney’s Office! Blew me away even more then others have.
    {thank goodness the attorney knew more! LOL}

    Had one person say: can’t change what we can’t change so should move on. HUH?

    Then there is the Facts that so many of our Own Vets won’t STAND UP on This, Join the Fight!
    What are they going to lose customers for doing That?
    I’d think they be even More appreciated for it!

    Nor Pet Clubs. Or those types.
    What are they some how Immune to sick and dead pets?

    Do they All homefeed {in secret?} and then go to the Shows etc that are Supported by Food companies but don’t SAY they homefeed in public? Worried about Financial support only?

    Of Course the Vets have Deals with “suppliers” too.
    Why would they bad-mouth a Company whose got Tainted foods showing up??????????

    The Few, the very very pitiful Few is all we see.

    And the Media. Plenty of us have Sent time and again, Info on this and Nothing.

    One here, one there.
    BEEF Recall was Huge this Morning and last night tho!
    Course that was 6 MILLION LBS! In your face facts.

    I think WE could come up with even More POUNDS tha That, of Poisoned Dog and Cat Foods IF the TPTB would get off their dead stick A__ES!

    JERKS!

    Some-where back there a while ago, maybe a year or even 3 ago, someone ‘allowed’ Melamine to slip into Feeds. {speaking Here and more on going}

    Thinking WE”D NEVER KNOW. It would become business as usual.
    BUT I think; Melamine combining with ANYTHING Else, is Dangerous. And THAT They did not think through. PERIOD

    Bad mood I guess, but still head strong today! :-P

  43. thomas says:

    Something that has bothered me since the start of the pet food recall is the fact that some people on fixed budgets eat pet food . This is a fact in the state where I live. I wonder if any of these people have become ill or died.

    If politicians think COOl is to expensive to enforce then how about stopping the money they pay to these agri businesses and use that money to enforce COOL.

    Also food stamps come out of the USDA so why not stop the farm subsidizes program. Give poor people more food stamps. Perhaps they should give increase farm subsidies to organic farmers to help more people switch from conventional farming (poisoning the air , earth and food ), stop the use of pesticides GE, GMO , and pesticides.

  44. randy says:

    More things to avoid.

    China has become America’s leading supplier of apple juice used as a food sweetener, garlic and garlic powder, sausage casings and cocoa butter.

    HOMELAND INSECURITY
    Is China trying to poison Americans and their pets?
    U.S. market flooded with foods unfit for humans, tainted with carcinogens, pesticides, bacteria, drugs

    ——————————————————————————–
    Posted: May 27, 2007
    1:00 a.m. Eastern
    http://worldnetdaily.com/news/…..E_ID=55892

  45. E. Hamilton says:

    And the FDA just got rid of a ton of the recalled pet food on the list, so the list is now incomplete and the dying goes on.

    Just makes you glad to be an American doesn’t it?

  46. kellie says:

    http://walmart.triaddigital.co.....14650.aspx

    Remember g the name of certain products to create a new market and distance the product from previous recalls?
    Well this is the “new” super preimum food that Walmart is toting on their site and offering free samples.

    Does anyone know of this brand or who makes it?
    I’ve never heard of it.

    Smells fishy to me. Those of you with the researching and digging for info talents please get the low down on this new food toted as “super premium at a great value”

  47. kellie says:

    ugg my post cut off AGAIN!!!
    ANYWAY THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO SAY “REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE WORRIED ABOUT PET FOOD MAKERS CHANGING THE NAME OF A PRODUCT….” THE REST POSTED PROPERLY.

    THAT WAS THE FIRST SENTENCE

  48. MarySmith says:

    BIOLOGICAL WAR-FEAR
    Seafood imports from China raised in untreated sewage Fish products consumed by Americans treated with dangerous drugs, chemicals

    Posted: June 4, 2007
    1:00 a.m. Eastern

    http://worldnetdaily.com/news/.....E_ID=56004

  49. MarySmith says:

    randy Says:
    June 10th, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    That URL does not work - here is one that will work

    http://worldnetdaily.com/news/.....E_ID=55892

  50. randy says:

    MarySmith,

    Thanks for the link. Interesting info there.

    http://worldnetdaily.com/news/…..E_ID=55892

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