New, Non-Melamine, Recall: Ol’ Roy dry dog food recalled due to salmonella.
- Consumer Report’s blog criticizes the FDA’s approach to food safety.
- Pet rescues continue to feel a donation crunch as stores are reluctant to donate pet food due to possible contamination.
- ASPCA asks for vigilance against other toxins in pet food.
- Itchmo has heard from USA Today and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review regarding acetaminophen poisoning in pets.
- Please contact us if your pet food tested positive for this substance.
China Promises To Install Food Safety System:
China promises better monitoring of export foods, but a basic food safety system won’t be in place until 2010. They are aiming for investigation of 100% incidents and recalling 80% of foods that require recall.
“Recently, our country has had a series of export food problems, and that has triggered a lot of overseas attention about China’s food safety,” [Chinese food safety official] Wei said in a separate posting on the Web site. “This has put us on high alert, and led us to seriously look into the reasons for the problems.”
The New York Times says, it won’t be an easy task: “But the challenges facing China are enormous because its regulatory system is weak and enforcement is difficult.”
Ironically, the FDA still does not have the ability to force mandatory food recalls.
But, does this mean China admits the tainted food came from them? There’s no clear answer from China (reg. req.)
While Beijing has strongly defended the quality and safety of its food and drug exports, and even denied that the toothpaste it exported was unsafe, government regulators at the same time have stepped up safety inspections and shut down companies accused of producing unsafe food or counterfeit drugs.
Also, melamine-tainted corn from China was recalled in Greece and Poland:
…a spokesman for the European Commission said on Wednesday that food safety officials there were investigating after Greece and Poland reported finding traces of melamine in corn gluten and rice protein imported from China, forcing the rejection of one shipment and the withdrawal of tainted feed from the market.
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