Wilbur-Ellis Rice Protein Concentrate Recalls:
UPDATE: AP identifies another (fifth) pet food maker that received tainted rice protein concentrate: American Nutrition in Utah. Their products are listed here.
- Blue Buffalo (Made by CJ Foods)
- Natural Balance (Made by Diamond Pet Food)
- Royal Canin
- SmartPak (Made by Chenango Valley Foods)
- Drs. Fosters & Smith (Made by Chenango Valley Foods)
Five pet food makers were said to have received the tainted rice protein concentrate.
Four are listed above. More than a week after Wilbur-Ellis issued a recall for all their RPC, American Nutrition has yet to follow through. The FDA is still mum on a complete list of companies.
(NEW) Diamond says pet food sold to hog farm before recall was announced.
(NEW) China says: We’re banning melamine, but it didn’t kill US pets.
(NEW) Iams theat to Menu Foods triggered the first recall. Not the FDA.
Actions you can take this weekend:
- Itchmo Forum members are organizing a postcard blitz for April 28.
- A march is being organized for April 28 in several cities.
Hot topics in Itchmo Forums:
- How to cook for your pets.
- Choosing the right, safe food.
- Foods that contain higher-risk ingredients.
If melamine spiking started happening before the Menu Foods recalls, why are we learning about it now? Two theories so far (which can be combined as well):
- Greed. Initially, small amounts of melamine was used to slightly increase perceived protein content. As time went on and money kept flowing, the fraud got even more brazen by using larger amounts of melamine in lower standards of ingredients.
(This is Itchmo’s theory)
- Mistakes. Proper dosing and mixing of melamine in foods kept pet deaths low enough to be undetected. But someone got careless and large amounts of melamine got into smaller batches. One batch was detected with melamine concentrations as high as 6.6%.
(This is David Goldstein’s theory)
Evidence human food is increasingly at risk:
- FDA says tainted food came in as early as 2006. Was it even earlier?
- Melamine found in hogs — and chickens.
- FDA finally begins testing other ingredients.
- Senators claim a second source of tainted rice protein.
- Despite obvious problems, FDA let the food industry police itself.
Popular Recall Links:
- Recalled Food List
- What to feed my pets: Cat or Dog
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