Recall Update: Thursday

Updated throughout the day

- Senate hearing is over. Rough transcript is here. Webcast available here. We’ll post the video when available.

- Dr. Kirk, scheduled to be today’s senate witness, says “we’re not facing a pet-food crisis.” (Read at your own peril.)

- Going shopping today? FDA says recalled food still on store shelves. Help us keep recalled food off shelves. Read this. Visit stores, then report safe stores here.

- Menu Foods says clerical mistake led to the latest recall expansion.

- Banfield says hundreds dead, not thousands as reported. (Full release after the jump)

- NBC reports on the state of US food safety.

- Itchmo’s forums now open for discussion. Talk about “safe stores”, best pet foods and other recall-related news.

- Oregon (1.2% of US population) reports 114 suspected cases, with 44 deaths.

Popular Recall Links: Recall List | What to feed my pets: Cat or Dog | Sign up for Itchmo’s Pet Safety Alerts

Banfield, The Pet Hospital, Helping the FDA - Fewer Pets are Becoming Ill From Recalled Foods and Most are Recovering

PORTLAND, Ore., April 11 /PRNewswire/ — Over the last several weeks, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, has provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with medical information collected from its centralized medical records database of Pets that may have been affected by the Menu Foods recall.

The database shows that out of 237,844 dogs and cats examined at Banfield during the last three weeks, six Pets — five cats and one dog –(0.003 percent) have died as a result of eating a recalled food.

“The total number of Pets that we have seen which have actually become ill or have died as a result of eating tainted food is low,” says Will Novak, DVM, chief medical officer for Banfield. “However, every single one is a tragedy to their owners and to our team members who tend to love every Pet they care for.”

In the last three weeks, Banfield doctors have examined 1,605 Pets with a history of eating a recalled food, which is less than 1 percent of the Pets examined in all of its hospitals. Very few of these Pets are ill. The Pets that have become sick are recovering with treatment.

Banfield, which has more than 615 hospitals nationwide, is collecting extra medical information on all its patients that may have ingested the recalled foods and reporting the data and findings on a regular basis to the FDA. In addition to treating the ill patients, Banfield doctors are also performing extensive diagnostics including thorough blood testing and urinalysis on potentially affected Pets. This also includes autopsies on Pets suspected to have died as a result of the Pet food tragedy despite valiant efforts to save them. The autopsies are performed only with the consent of the Pet owners, who are seeking answers as to why their Pets became ill and died.

Banfield’s Pet electronic medical records are linked by a centralized computer system. This allows Banfield to rapidly collect a large amount of Pet medical data, which is then analyzed for disease trends at its main campus in Portland, Ore.

The good news is that as a result of very high vigilance and concern, Banfield doctors are treating fewer and fewer cases every day. Currently, most of the patients receiving treatment are getting well because their owners have stopped feeding them the recalled diets and Pets have received prompt veterinary care.

“It is important to us, as we know it is for the FDA, to provide Pet owners and the veterinary community as well as the general public with the most accurate information from this data,” says Scott Campbell, DVM, Banfield CEO. “It is our goal to help the FDA better understand the extent of this problem so it can promptly address this issue and put in place processes and a surveillance system to help prevent a similar situation in the future.”

Banfield and the FDA are continuing to perform thorough analyses of all the medical data as it is collected on affected Pets regarding the Pet food recall.

About Banfield

Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1955, Banfield has become the largest Pet general veterinary practice in the world, with more than 615 quality veterinary hospitals in many neighborhoods across the U.S., and new hospitals in the U.K. and Mexico. Banfield veterinarians and medical team members are committed to giving Pets the same level of care that they want for themselves. Hospitals offer a full-range of quality comprehensive, medical and surgical services as well as fully computerized medical records, affordable preventive care plans, and extended operating hours. Banfield is the only veterinary practice in the world with an extensive quality assurance program including: 100 percent medical records review; regular and unannounced hospital inspections; Peer Review of difficult cases; and even a Client Advocate to address special circumstances. Banfield, The Pet Hospital, helps extend the lives of millions of Pets each year and grows at a 20 percent compounded annual growth rate by always focusing on what is best for Pets and their families.

At Banfield we work hard to give Pets the same care we want for ourselves, make Pet health affordable, strengthen the value of Pets in families, teach how better Pet care maximizes lives, and to stop euthanasia by keeping Pets healthy. Put simply, we always work to treat your Pet like family.

Contact: Kathy Baumgardner, Practice Communications, (503) 922-5479 or kathy.baumgardner@banfield.net.
Website: http://www.banfield.net/

39 Responses to “Recall Update: Thursday”

  1. Louie says:

    Hey Dave,

    Just read this article:
    http://www.jconline.com/apps/p.....9/70411040

    Ever heard of MISTAKE PROOF OPERATIONS? That’s a set of procedures that make sure you don’t shut down a factory because of a typo.

    Better get out your QC manual and look that up.

    I’m concerned about the article. That last paragraph is especially disturbing:

    “The FDA said on March 30 that the gluten contained melamine, used for binding and as protein in wet pet foods, and was in some Menu-made foods. The FDA is checking how the fairly non-toxic chemical, or something related, may have led to pet deaths”

    What do you know of that’s related to melamine? Maybe cypromine?
    Did you test the gluten for cypromine? There could be cypromine, but unless you test, you don’t know.

    Let’s assume it is cypromine. All other things being equal, what’s the relationship between cypromine and melamine? Why would both contaminents be in the gluten?

    We know that cypromine metabolizes (breaksdown) into melamine. Maybe that explains the 30% levels in the kidneys. I don’t know.

    Moving on. Why would cypromine be in the gluten. Maybe someone put it there, or maybe the gluten is from GM wheat. That is, wheat that is genetically modified to produce its own cypromine.

    By the way Dave, did you test for aminopterin? Oh, I remember the Guelph lab already did that one. Weren’t the samples positive for aminopterin?

    Why would aminopterin be in the gluten? Isn’t that used as a GM marker?

    Just a theory. But we’re not getting any facts out here, so we’re starting to grasp at straws.

    But just in case it IS GM wheat gluten, and I’m not saying it is, you need to know, WE DON’T WANT GM WHEAT in our food supply.

    Dave, you’re fired.

  2. Louie says:

    Hey Dave,

    We heard a rumor last night. We’re not accusing you of anything, and we’re not saying we believe it. But we’d appreciate it if you’d check it out from your end.

    The data I saw sort of made my eyes glaze over, but it appears that some of your reported data may have changed. We’re not able to correlate it with a press release, ’cause to be honest, we’re real confused.

    It might be a good idea to start numbering those recalls. Then we could refer to Recall 1, Recall 2, etc.

    This business of recalling by dates, and so forth, leaves open the possibility of errors. What if you made some typos in those numbers.

    How do we know the numbers printed on the cans are accurate. You guys seem to be error prone. AND you seem to have a low SUPRISE THRESHOLD. We’re not surprised.

    It would be a shame if someone quit feeding a “safe” can and opened a contaminated can by mistake.

    Here’s an idea: Why don’t you recall everything. Just go ahead and push the red button on everything that’s in the food supply. You guys can clean out your grain bins, and start over with a new batch of ingredients.

    That’s what we need to do.

    Humans do make mistakes, you know.

  3. Louie says:

    Here’s Rocky’s morning STOCK report on MENU FOODS INCOME FUND:

    The stock opened at $4.15 (CAD). Up a tic from yesteday’s close
    of $4.12 (CAD)

    Rocky will follow the activity today, and may add staff in a effort to uncover any ongoing “monkey business”. Rocky has received tons of mail from readers who report that Wal-Mart sales of branded food is slow in their area. Customers are asking Wal-Mart managers to remove the brands and stock natural foods. Readers are also alarmed to see that contaminated food remains on store shelves.

    We fear the recall is being mismanaged.

    Looks like MENU is OFF THE MENU for many pet owners.

    Stay tuned.

    http://stocks.us.reuters.com/s.....l=MEW_u.TO

  4. Louie says:

    Hey Rocky,

    Your report got lost in the shuffle, so I reposted for you.

  5. Rocky says:

    Thanks man. Rocky needs a GPS.

    Rocky is off to Wal-Mart to sniff out any contaminated pet food. Rocky invites all readers to do likewise.

  6. susanUnPC says:

    Rocky is Itchmo’s one-man CTU, sans deadly weapon (or?).

    A couple days ago, I signed up for a Google new alert on anything to do with “Menu Foods.”

    It has been the sweetest thing to see how many newspapers, large and small, across the U.S. and Canada, headline the story about the CFO selling 45% of his shares.

    The latest batch includes newspapers in Lufkin (TX), Los Angeles, Newark, South Bend (IN), Sacramento, Chestertown (NY), Rockford (IL), Souix City (IA), Aurora (IL). And that’s just this morning’s. … there were many more yesterday.

  7. susanUnPC says:

    I’m thrilled that C-Span is covering the hearing live on TV. (They can’t possibly air all the hearings, so it’s neat they chose to air this one.)

    And C-Span’s home page has the notice up top and center!

    http://www.c-span.org/

  8. Jan says:

    Has anyone read the interesting piece (have been to so many websites, I honestly can’t tell you where I found it) about that Chinese company that sent out the contaminated wheat gluten nosing around on the internet looking to buy large batches of melamine? I believe they said it was in March sometime. Perhaps all the melamine they had was all used up in their first batch of wheat gluten & they need more for the next batch.

    I still say it was introduced solely to make more wheat gluten (& some sites say to boost the protein) & therefore make more money. That’s what these companies are all about, the bucks. Too bad about all the animals that have suffered needlessly or died.

    Hit ‘em where it hurts……boycott all their products & buy all natural. Start reading labels. By the way, did you know that these pet food companies can change their ingredients without changing the label…..they have six months to note any change in ingredients. How many contain wheat gluten & it doesn’t show on their label? Kinda scary, don’t you think.

  9. Debbie says:

    I totally support and agree with - and have done a lot of emailing to Senators, etc. about this issue, but, people, let me tell you from animal activist experience:
    there is NOTHING that is going to get action faster or speak louder than hitting Menu Foods - and the rest of the poison companies - nothing louder and the most effective tried and true means of:

    HITTING ‘EM IN THE POCKET WHERE IT HURTS!

    We, the consumers, have that power!

    We have the power to purchase the healthy, safe pet foods ONLY!…instead of from the companies who have been deceptive to us all along, soaking up our money, and their foods causing our pets to have illnesses and die…while their CEO’s and cronies are living the high-life!

  10. Steve says:

    Lets back up and review the facts.

    The recall has exposed the fact that, although sold under many different brand names, most pet foods are created only a few manufacturers, such as Menu Foods, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

    The companies that own the brand hire these “contract manufacturers” to make their particular pet food. The contract company owns the processing plant where the food is made and rent out time on their production equipment to make each particular kind of food. Officials explain it is a much cheaper way of making the food because each individual brand doesn’t have to buy the expensive manufacturing equipment themselves.

    The manufacturing company purchases the ingredients while the brand often provides the recipe or formula for their particular brand of pet food.

    Hows that ChemNutra investigation going anyway?

  11. susanUnPC says:

    HERE’s the DailyKos “live blogging” diary for the hearing, which C-Span (1) says will start in just a few minutes:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/4/12/103931/730

    Please visit, and contribute if you’re listening. The diary author is at work and can’t live-blog herself, so is counting on many of us to pitch in.

  12. Jonathan says:

    I am recording it also, Itchmo if you want a copy I can give you access to my FTP site so you can post it or have it.

    Let me know what format you prefer, it may be rather large but I have good bandwidth.

    May be too large for Youtube….

    Let me know and I will shoot you a call and upload it to my FTP site.

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Jonathan, thanks. We should archive it for anyone who wants to watch. Please do let us know where we can download it.

  13. Jonathan says:

    Will do. I will compress it as much as possible.

  14. 5CatMom says:

    I’m watching the hearing. Am trying to count how many times they’ve said: “I don’t know”

  15. Louie says:

    Senator Byrd wants a consumer friendly list. Should we send him ITCHMO’s?

  16. Renee Polgar says:

    Jan- Here is the article you had mentioned about that Chinese company that sent out the contaminated wheat gluten nosing around on the internet looking to buy large batches of melamine.

    From http://www.howl911.com/

    CLUES TO PET FOOD RECALL TRACED TO CHINESE CITY 04/11/07

    In recent months, Xuzhou Anying appears to have posted several requests on online trading sites seeking to purchase large quantities of melamine.
    In one March 29 posting on a trading site operated by Sohu.net, a Chinese Web site, people who said they were with Xuzhou Anying wrote: “Our company buys large quantities of melamine scrap all year around.”
    There were also postings on several other online trading sites, like ChemAbc.net.
    http://www.iht.com/articles/20.....gluten.php

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Also here: http://www.itchmo.com/read/chi.....e_20070411 :)

  17. Louie says:

    Earth to: Duane Ekedahl, ExecutiveDirector Pet Food Institute, who stated “the pet food is safe”.

    Where has this guy been for the past 2 months?

    If he thinks it’s safe, he should eat some.

  18. Rob says:

    Why isnt the Senate outraged that it took weeks after Menu Foods recalled for Hill’s, Purina, Sunshine Mills and DelMonte to come forward? Why is this all on Menu Foods’ shoulders? They were the first, not the only.

  19. Deanna says:

    Hmmmm…. clerical mistakes! Another player in the “Blame Game?”

    Sure hope they don’t are more diligent with our “Human Foods?”

    This just gets more ridiculous every minute! Next thing you know…they’ll be blaming this all on Global Warming effects on agriculture! Oooops! Hope they aren’t reading this…I may have given them another angle in the “Blame Game”!

    God help us!!!!

  20. Deanna says:

    “correction”

    scrap the “don’t” in the second sentence of my last post……sorry

  21. Sue says:

    I think that focusing on Banfield’s numbers is a mistake. We are not getting a full accounting by only vet reports and I don’t believe we will ever know the true number of animals that died or got sick. Who is counting the pets that were never taken to a vet, the ones that died at home, the ones that were PTS after a presumptive diagnosis of a kidney (or other) problem because the owner couldn’t afford or didn’t want to do treatment? What about the pets that died but no necropsy was done because of financial consideration, personal reasons etc? How do you differentiate those that died from “regular” renal failure from those that died from poisoned food if extensive testing wasn’t done that showed the unusual crystals etc. Who is counting the cats that survived the initial poisoning but now have damged kidneys and will die prematurely over the next year(s)? Who is counting the shelter animals that never receive vet care, or the ones who are routinely PTS but might have already been sick from contaminated food? We have heard almost nothing from shelters, and they often feed donated food from many sources. What about the neighborhood cats and ferals that get food whevever they can,how many got sick or died and just “vanished” and nobody noticed? Who speaks for them? Sue

  22. Rocky says:

    Here’s today’s STOCK MARKET UPDATE ON MENU FOODS INCOME FUND

    MENU closed up today at $4.20 (CAN). This is up from yesterday’s close of $4.12 (CAN).

    Comments: It was rough going for traders intra-day, but investors were reassured by the BS presented at today’s Senate Committee Hearing. Speakers for the Pet Food Institute and AAAFCO were especially nauseating.

    Latest price (Apr 12, 2007 15:49 EST) $ 4.20, Volume 25,116

    Rocky provides a different link today due to reported difficulties:

    http://www.tsx.com/HttpControl.....5&y=13

  23. Rocky says:

    SusanUNPC,

    Thanks, I think. What’s a CTU?

    Rocky provides the service strickly for the entertainment value.

    We have to laugh to keep from crying.

  24. Rocky says:

    ITCHMO,

    Has anyone contacted Sen. Kohl and asked to be a member of the rule making committee, assuming of course, that they form one?

    If not, do we have a member who can take that on?

    What ‘cha think?

  25. Jan says:

    Thanks, Renee….I knew I read that somewhere but I keep going back & forth between several websites to read posts & see what else is recalled…..after all, it’s been one whole day since the last recall. I think it’s time for round 5 or whatever it is now.

    I agree with Sue…..we will never know the true numbers. Pet connection is nearly up to 4000 & I still say that’s not even close. I know of people who lost pets before the recall & they fed only dry…..some don’t have computers. I think Banfield is off too…..let’s be honest, they aren’t the only vets in town so their numbers don’t mean JS, if you get my drift. I think a lot of people are trying not to PO these big powerful companies. Gee, they cared so much about our animals dying & our feelings, I could care less about their feelings. I hope some of them read these posts to see how outraged people are.

    I’m still waiting to hear an apology from these sleaze balls & also to hear about the new, improved ingredients going into their pet food…..oh, please, I think I’m going to be sick. As long as it’s cheap & saves them money, no matter how gross or toxic it is, they’ll throw it in to the mix. Sad but true.

    Let’s all go all natural & holistic & stay away from all these companies involved in this. If we stop buying these products & hurt them financially, they’ll take notice. Letters & emails are fine but they honestly don’t hit them where it hurts……when the CEOs start losing money on their gazillion stocks & don’t get their multi-million dollar bonus, they’ll sit up & take notice.

  26. Louie says:

    In answer to the question “who’s Dave?”:

    The name “DAVE” is used as a moniker in my correspondence to BIG SHOTS, and some LITTLE SHOTS.

    The purpose of these letters is to notify the SHOTS - we got issues.

  27. 5CatMom says:

    Steve,

    That’s a nice summary of how the process works, far as I can tell.

  28. menusux says:

    http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-b.....amp;src=ap

    China’s Food Safety Woes Expand Overseas Updated 5:50 PM ET April 12, 2007 AP

    http://www.fuzing.com/vci/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd.

    Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co, Ltd is a technological enterprise with research, production, distribution, which exports biologic feed, feed additive, edible flour, agricultural and sideline products.

    Our company sticks to the tenet of “Sincere and Keeping Promise” and “Putting Quality at the First Place” and has won the title of “Sincere and Keeping Promise” for many times by Consumer Association. The reference grade is three A. We have also held the certificates of ISO9001:2000 international quality management system and HACCP-EC-01 international system. “AnYing”brand is certificated of Jiangsu famous trademark.

    Our company specializes in the export of wheat gluten, wheat flour, cornstarch, sweet potato starch, and other agricultural and sideline products. We wish to cooperate with home and broad merchants hand in hand.

    Company Type : Exporter
    Contact : Ya Li
    Address : Hancheng South
    Pei county, Jiangsu, 221600
    China
    Telephone : [86] (516) 89676710
    Fax : [86] (516) 89741156
    Web Site : www.xzay.com

    Our Listings :

    http://www.fuzing.com/vml/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    http://www.fuzing.com/vml/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    http://www.fuzing.com/vml/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    Note they have come up with new names for Wheat Gluten-Wheat Vital Protein–Wheat Active Protein.

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....al-Protein

    wheat gluten meal is also named wheat active protein. The flour is used as its raw material, and from which extracts a light brown natural grain powder through intensively processing. It is a good solubles protein, containing fifteen amino acid essential for human body. After all, it can yet be regarded as a plant protein food looking good, smelling good and tasting good. It is the basic raw material of high-grade aquatic food.

    And say how essential it is to the Human Body… This page shows them offering to sell the stuff–it’s available right now.

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....ein-Powder

    latest product ESB Protein Powder which is researched and developed by Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. , Ltd. contains protein 160%-300%, which solves the problem for shortage of protein resource. Reasonably making use of NPN and reducing the production cost of feed factor, ESB Protein Powder is a good additive to supplement the shortage of protein resources in animal feed applications.

    After eating this, protein powder will be transformed into mycoprotein in the alimentary canal under the action of digestive enzyme; it will be normally digested, absorbed and used by the livestock and poultry. It is safe nonpoisonous, without bad reaction

    This is currently for sale by them too–along with-

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....-Feedstuff

    White or yellow powder, the density is 5.606, melting point 1975°. It is a kind of amphoteric oxide which is water-fast, ethanol-fast and dissolves in acid and alkali liquor. It appears yellow color in high temperature, while it is white after refrigation.

    1. contrasting to other Zinc , The cost of Zinc Oxide is lower. The quality of accession is 40%of the ZnSO4·H2O and 28% of the ZnSO4·7H2O

    2. Zinc Oxide is dry powder. It has good stability, no water, no agglomeration and fixity. It is also convenient for machining and reserving.

    3. Zinc Oxide is easier to be absorbed by animal than other Zinc.

    http://en.dg668.com/product/9167.html

    Vital Wheat Gluten Product Origin£º China
    Brand Name£º
    Supply Ability£º
    Minimum Order£º

    Post Date£º2007-4-12 Clicks£º125 Add to collection Leave messages
    If you need other product or information, please tell us here Contact us
    Detailed Product Description£º
    Brief Introduction:

    Wheat gluten meal is also named wheat vital protein. The flour is used as its raw material, and from which extracts a light brown natural grain powder through intensively processing. It is a good solubles protein, containing fifteen amino acid essential for human body. After all, it can yet be regarded as a plant protein food looking good, smelling good and tasting good.

    Specification:
    Protein¡Ý75% Moisture¡Ü8%
    Ash (lime)¡Ü1% The rate of absorbing water¡Ý160%
    The degree of thickness: 99% through 200¦Ìm tough silk sieve
    Taste, smell: normal, with grain delicious
    Outward ap: light yellow powder

    Company Name£º Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co, Ltd
    Attn£º Ms. Wei
    Tel£º 86-516-89676710
    Fax£º 86-516-89741156
    mobil £º
    Email£º xz.ay@163.com
    website£º http://www.xzay.com
    address£º Tangmu District Hancheng South Road Pei County Jiangsu P.R China
    Zip£º 221600

    This site asks you to download Chinese language characters–I said “cancel” to that. This is what I got after I refused the Chinese character download.

    New names, same possibly tainted product to be sold outside of the US, where it’s barred. Note they refer to human consumption under their new names for it.

    If you Google them, you can also see they are offering to sell fresh carrots and ginger, in addition to the above.

    What’s needed here for the health and safety of everyone, is some kind of tax incentives/tax breaks for manufacturers to make it easier on the “bottom line” to purchase US-produced ingredients for their food products. This should help those in the US who are the growers/producers of non-tainted food items, and give all of us better assurance and protection against history repeating itself, while keeping the costs down for the manufacturers.

  29. thinkaboutit says:

    When you read all of this, you KNOW all of us are in trouble:

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/s.....2-18-50-22

    China’s Food Safety Woes Expand Overseas

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/s.....2-03-51-44

    China: Hospital Poisoning ‘Intentional’

    And the Xuzhou Anying company is still selling its tainted wares on the international market:

    http://www.fuzing.com/vci/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd.

    Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co, Ltd is a technological enterprise with research, production, distribution, which exports biologic feed, feed additive, edible flour, agricultural and sideline products.

    Our company sticks to the tenet of “Sincere and Keeping Promise” and “Putting Quality at the First Place” and has won the title of “Sincere and Keeping Promise” for many times by Consumer Association. The reference grade is three A. We have also held the certificates of ISO9001:2000 international quality management system and HACCP-EC-01 international system. “AnYing”brand is certificated of Jiangsu famous trademark.

    Our company specializes in the export of wheat gluten, wheat flour, cornstarch, sweet potato starch, and other agricultural and sideline products. We wish to cooperate with home and broad merchants hand in hand.

    Company Type : Exporter
    Contact : Ya Li
    Address : Hancheng South
    Pei county, Jiangsu, 221600
    China
    Telephone : [86] (516) 89676710
    Fax : [86] (516) 89741156
    Web Site : www.xzay.com

    Our Listings :

    http://www.fuzing.com/vml/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    http://www.fuzing.com/vml/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    http://www.fuzing.com/vml/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    Note they have come up with new names for Wheat Gluten-Wheat Vital Protein–Wheat Active Protein

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....al-Protein

    wheat gluten meal is also named wheat active protein. The flour is used as its raw material, and from which extracts a light brown natural grain powder through intensively processing. It is a good solubles protein, containing fifteen amino acid essential for human body. After all, it can yet be regarded as a plant protein food looking good, smelling good and tasting good. It is the basic raw material of high-grade aquatic food.

    And say how essential it is to the Human Body… This page shows them offering to sell the stuff–it’s available right now.

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....ein-Powder

    latest product ESB Protein Powder which is researched and developed by Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. , Ltd. contains protein 160%-300%, which solves the problem for shortage of protein resource. Reasonably making use of NPN and reducing the production cost of feed factor, ESB Protein Powder is a good additive to supplement the shortage of protein resources in animal feed applications.

    After eating this, protein powder will be transformed into mycoprotein in the alimentary canal under the action of digestive enzyme; it will be normally digested, absorbed and used by the livestock and poultry. It is safe nonpoisonous, without bad reaction

    This is currently for sale by them too–along with-

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....-Feedstuff

    White or yellow powder, the density is 5.606, melting point 1975°. It is a kind of amphoteric oxide which is water-fast, ethanol-fast and dissolves in acid and alkali liquor. It appears yellow color in high temperature, while it is white after refrigation.
    1. contrasting to other Zinc , The cost of Zinc Oxide is lower. The quality of accession is 40%of the ZnSO4·H2O and 28% of the ZnSO4·7H2O
    2. Zinc Oxide is dry powder. It has good stability, no water, no agglomeration and fixity. It is also convenient for machining and reserving.
    3. Zinc Oxide is easier to be absorbed by animal than other Zinc.

    Their other offers to sell on the site above included fresh carrots and ginger.

    http://en.dg668.com/product/9167.html

    Vital Wheat Gluten Product Origin£º China
    Brand Name£º
    Supply Ability£º
    Minimum Order£º

    Post Date£º2007-4-12 Clicks£º125 Add to collection Leave messages
    If you need other product or information, please tell us here Contact us
    Detailed Product Description£º
    Brief Introduction:

    Wheat gluten meal is also named wheat vital protein. The flour is used as its raw material, and from which extracts a light brown natural grain powder through intensively processing. It is a good solubles protein, containing fifteen amino acid essential for human body. After all, it can yet be regarded as a plant protein food looking good, smelling good and tasting good.

    Specification:
    Protein¡Ý75% Moisture¡Ü8%
    Ash (lime)¡Ü1% The rate of absorbing water¡Ý160%
    The degree of thickness: 99% through 200¦Ìm tough silk sieve
    Taste, smell: normal, with grain delicious
    Outward ap: light yellow powder

    Company Name£º Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co, Ltd
    Attn£º Ms. Wei
    Tel£º 86-516-89676710
    Fax£º 86-516-89741156
    mobil £º
    Email£º xz.ay@163.com
    website£º http://www.xzay.com
    address£º Tangmu District Hancheng South Road Pei County Jiangsu P.R China
    Zip£º 221600

    This site asks you to download Chinese language characters–I said “cancel” to that. The above is what I got after I refused the Chinese character download.

    New names, same possibly tainted product to be sold outside of the US, where it’s barred. Note they refer to human consumption under their new names for it.

    We need something to protect all of us, as it’s out there, waiting to happen again. If US purchasers of food materials would get some kind of tax incentive/tax break for buying US grown/produced food items, it would satify the almighty “bottom line” of the companies’ accountants. It would also be good for those who produce US foodstuffs, because it would make them competitive in the market once again. The sickening thing here too is that when you read things like this, you are forced to wonder why something didn’t happen here sooner, and also to wonder when and where it will happen again.

  30. Leigh-Ann says:

    I don’t really understand why Banfield thinks the important number to dwell on is “how many pets died”. Isn’t the important number, “how many pets got sick”? Focusing on just those pets who died really seems disrespectful to the pets who got sick and survived, and the owners who shelled out good money for their care.

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Excellent point. Well stated.

  31. Deanna says:

    Playing the “numbers game” is futile to begin with! What about all the pet owners who cannot afford the outrageous fees that some Vets charge? I’m sure that there is a high number of pets that died at home and weren’t even accounted for in this trajedy!

    What’s important is consumers have been led to believe one thing while our pets, our furry family members, have been fed poisoned food…and we’ve been emptying our wallets because of it…..and then they have the audacity to attach numbers to this! As far as I’m concerned, 1 poisoned pet is too many!…..God these a$$-h—s make me so angry!

    Now that my printer is working again…..I have some lovely Neon paper that I’m going to print out notices on and pass out or stick under windshiel wipers in parking lots……..something!….I’m going to put this “angry energy” to some productive use! The media doesn’t seem to be saying too much about this….so I’ll do my part! I have an 18 year old son who will be more than happy to help me as he is just as disgusted as I am…..after all…we have two dogs…and we’re lucky that we still have them both!

  32. 5CatMom says:

    To MENUSUX,

    Love that name.

    Great research. Thanks for the info.

  33. 5CatMom says:

    MENUSUX,

    What you posted has serious implications. Have you contacted anyone about this?

    Those foreign exporters have figured out the system, for sure.

    FDA, EPA, all other A’s, Homeland Security, FBI, Senators:
    Are any of you guys paying attention?

    I didn’t think so.

  34. 5CatMom says:

    ITCHMO,

    Can you get MENUSUX’S post to the “proper authorities”

    That’s HUGE.

  35. Rocky says:

    Rocky quickly scanned the board and became quite appolectic after reading posts by Renee, Menusux, thinkaboutit, and Martin.

    Rocky must visit Wall Street this morning, but will drop in for Chinese language lessons before beginning his business day.

    On the way home tonight, Rocky may purchase DUCT TAPE and PLASTIC for the entire neighborhood.

    Rocky wants to be prepared.

    Stay tuned for Rocky’s STOCK report on MENU FOODS INCOME FUND.

  36. menusux says:

    Before posting here yesterday, I gave it my best shot to try to notify the “proper authorities”–but got the bureaucratic run-around from a government entity who didn’t really seem to understand what this might mean. I was told to phone the local coordinator for my state with the information. And the local coordinator was either too busy lunching or fed up with hearing from people–voice mail was on.

    If you read the transcript of yesterday’s hearing, Senator Durbin touched on the possibility that the tainted items may have gone into the human food chain.

    And if you spend some time reading the Royal Canine post here:

    http://www.itchmo.com/read/rec.....2#comments

    and reading all the news stories posted at the links in the story’s comments:

    http://www.wikio.com/news/AquaNutro

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....924C439583

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....866C868554

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....302C581958

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....387C715322

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....645C824818

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....694C511463

    http://www.businessday.co.za/a.....BD4A436466

    you’re going to notice that the SA and USA/CA problems began around the same time, with what appears to be the same “set-up” of foods produced by a contract manufacturer who purchased ingredients from overseas suppliers. The difference here is that in SA, the dry food was toxic, where here in NA, most recalled foods are canned or pouched varieties.

    I have no way of saying that the toxin is the same in both SA and NA–am in no way qualified to do so–but I can see some similarities in both events so far as when they occurred, and that in both cases, there’s a contract manufacturer purchasing product from other than the country in which their company does business.

  37. menusux says:

    If this double-posts, please forgive–had posted (or hoped I did) and don’t think it made it.

    Before posting here yesterday, I gave it my best shot to try to notify the “proper authorities”–but got the bureaucratic run-around from a government entity who didn’t really seem to understand what this might mean. I was told to phone the local coordinator for my state with the information. And the local coordinator was either too busy lunching or fed up with hearing from people–voice mail was on.

    If you read the transcript of yesterday’s hearing, Senator Durbin touched on the possibility that the tainted items may have gone into the human food chain.

    And if you spend some time reading the Royal Canine post here:

    http://www.itchmo.com/read/rec.....2#comments

    and reading all the news stories posted at the links in the story’s comments:

    http://www.wikio.com/news/AquaNutro

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....924C439583

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....866C868554

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....302C581958

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....387C715322

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....645C824818

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php.....694C511463

    http://www.businessday.co.za/a.....BD4A436466

    you’re going to notice that the SA and USA/CA problems began around the same time, with what appears to be the same “set-up” of foods produced by a contract manufacturer who purchased ingredients from overseas suppliers. The difference here is that in SA, the dry food was toxic, where here in NA, most recalled foods are canned or pouched varieties.

    I have no way of saying that the toxin is the same in both SA and NA–am in no way qualified to do so–but I can see some similarities in both events so far as when they occurred, and that in both cases, there’s a contract manufacturer purchasing product from other than the country in which their company does business.

  38. Lynette says:

    Per www.petfoodinstitute.org:

    The Pet Food Institute has formed the National Pet Food Commission, an industry-government partnership composed of government officials, veterinarians, toxicologists and food scientists who are committed to maintaining and enhancing the high standards we have set in this country that protect our pets.

    The purpose of the new commission is two-fold: 1)To investigate the cause of the current pet food recall, and 2) To recommend steps the industry and government should take to further build on safety and quality standards already in place. [ read more on PFI’s consumer site, PetFoodReport.com…]

    Per www.petfoodreport.com:

    http://www.petfoodreport.com/whatweknow.htm

    The pet food industry remains a partner in the investigation with the FDA and has cooperated with state and federal regulators since evidence leading to the recall first surfaced. The industry will continue cooperate fully with any other official investigations relating to this incident.

    [No more 3-week delays, then?]

    The FDA’s investigation is ongoing and has not reached any conclusions about how
    any foreign substances entered the process. I think it’s presumptuous to additional
    regulatory measures at this time. Only when we have this information can we make
    an accurate and informed decision.

    [Because the system is obviously perfect now?]

    http://www.petfoodreport.com/r.....esting.htm

    How Pet Foods Are Regulated
    Pet foods are one of the most highly regulated food products. They are required
    by law to provide on their labels more information than most human foods. State
    departments of agriculture provide standards and enforcement policies for regulation
    of manufacture of pet foods resulting in safe foods. Ingredients in pet food must
    be acceptable to state authorities. In the March 23 press conference Sundlof also
    stated that regulation of pet foods is the same as human foods.

    [BULL! No information on carbohydrates, for example. Carbohydrate information is key for management/treatment of feline diabetes and feline obesity.]

    Pet food manufacturers are responsible for producing safe products. The U.S. Food
    and Drug Administration and state governments provide the rules, guidance and oversight
    under which safe pet food is produced. FDA requires pet food to be wholesome, contain
    no harmful or deleterious substances, and to be truthfully labeled.

    [Except that they can claim anything they want - such as weight loss or urinary tract health without any support for those statements - I can provide you with a MULTITUDE of false claims on Hill’s Pet Nutrition website, for example.]

    How Ingredients and Finished Pet Foods Are Tested
    Pet food ingredients undergo significant testing for safety and quality assurance
    including screening for mycotoxins (including aflatoxin), bacteria (including Salmonella
    and E.Coli) and nutrient content. Furthermore the finished product is analyzed to
    ensure appropriate nutrient levels, evaluating protein (including 11 amino acids),
    fat, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

    [Then why have we had THREE deadly recalls since 2005?]

    http://www.petfoodreport.com/a.....rnutrition

    Veterinarians agree that pets are living longer, healthier lives since the use of
    commercially prepared pet foods became widespread. Decades of research have gone
    into the development of pet food to make sure the special nutrition needs of pet
    dogs and cats are met.

    [Not ALL veterinarians - Dr. Hodgkins, for example, says pets are living longer DESPITE poor nutrition - just like humans are living longer DESPITE all the processed foods available now - because of medical advances.]

    Question
    What does “complete and balanced” mean?

    Answer
    Unlike most foods for people, many pet food products are designed to be the sole
    source of nutrition for a pet dog or cat. Products that are labeled “complete
    and balanced,” as defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
    (AAFCO), have been tested to make sure they meet the complex nutritional requirements
    of a healthy dog or cat.

    [FOR SIX ANIMALS (OUT OF EIGHT) FOR SIX MONTHS]

    Question
    What does it mean on a pet food label that a product has been tested using animal
    feeding trials?

    Answer
    There are two ways a pet food company can test the nutrition of its products. One
    method is the use of standardized animal feeding trials, designed by the Association
    of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), to make sure their products meet the
    complex nutritional requirements of dogs and cats. The animals in these tests are
    fed the food for six months and are closely monitored to make sure they stay healthy.
    A product using this test will have language similar to the following on the label
    - “Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Nancy’s
    Food for Dogs provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages.”

    [BULL! As long as they don’t lose a significant amount of weight - and SIX of the EIGHT complete the trial, it’s good! If ONE food passes the test, all foods in the line are presumed to pass!]

    Question
    Are fillers used in pet food?
    Answer
    Every ingredient used in pet food is there for a reason. Decades of research have
    gone into making pet foods that meet the nutritional needs of dogs and cats. The
    makers of pet food do not put in anything that’s not needed.

    [Oh, then CELLULOSE - which is SAWDUST - is needed for nutrition??? It’s an ingredient in Hills’ prescription m/d dry cat food, among other foods.]

    Question
    What is ingredient “splitting?”
    Answer
    Some people incorrectly believe pet food makers split up ingredients to give the
    illusion that some ingredients are at higher concentrations than others. Pet food
    makers are required to carefully label their products according to stringent government
    regulations. Just as the case with food for people, pet foods must clearly state
    what ingredients are included in the product. Each ingredient in pet food is there
    for a reason and to serve a nutritional purpose.

    [Okay - I guess they put corn starch & corn gluten separately - use rice and corn… for other reasons, not so there’s not a grain as the first ingredient? The “every ingredient” is there for a reason is an insult to our intelligence!]

    ********************************************************************
    PLEASE EMAIL THE SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO KEEP PUSHING!!!! The Chicago blogs are reaming Senator Durbin for taking time out of his schedule to focus on pet food - they ask “what’s next, resolutions for puppies”? Let Senator Durbin and the others we think this is IMPORTANT!!! We NEED them to keep pushing!!!
    Contact Senator Durbin: http://durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm
    Contact Senator Kohl: http://kohl.senate.gov/gen_contact.html
    Senator Bennett: http://bennett.senate.gov/contact/emailmain.html
    Senator Byrd: http://byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html
    ********************************************************************

  39. 5CatMom says:

    MENUSUX,

    LOL

    I spent 8 hours trying to contact The Department of Homeland Security
    today to report a NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. Man O Man.

    Started with the 800 number in the blue pages.

    I wish everyone would try to call Homeland Security. Bet no one would get connected.

    Finally did get a nice guy, got his email address, and sent him lots of stuff.

    The post is under the Dr.’s headline. Put it there ’cause looks like we’re about to get a new batch of morons.


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