Recall Update: Tuesday

Surveys and number tallying:

Can food safety be solved with testing?

Pet food companies have maintained that testing would not have caught melamine spiking since it was so unexpected. But two issues have raised doubts about just how much testing was done in the first place.

  1. Spiking food ingredients with fake-protein was so widespread, there were cases in the US as well as brazen requests for melamine scraps by food makers in China.
  2. The FDA said pet food makers received wheat flour, not wheat gluten. Two substances very different from each other.
  3. Melamine was visible in the tainted foods.

Now, companies are beefing up their testing processes and offering new testing services. We don’t think that testing will catch every possible problem. We believe the industry must escape its “who can get to the bottom the fastest” mentality, and look to raise the bar by finding partners and suppliers they can trust, while giving consumers the most honest, accurate, and up-to-date information to make informed decisions.

BusinessWeek: FDA lacks the resources to fix things the right way.

WSJ editorial: Food problem must be fixed in China first. (Subscription req.) Highlights below:

Given shipping volumes — tens of thousands of foodstuff containers arrive each year — it is not possible to scan every export that reaches U.S. shores. Even if it were feasible, testing for an array of potential contaminants would be prohibitively expensive. A single test of one food sample for the toxic compound dioxin can cost $800 or more.

As China’s consumers grow wealthier and more informed, they are becoming less tolerant of such transgressions. Take the baby-food scandal of 2004, in which ersatz formula killed dozens of infants and sickened hundreds with severe malnutrition. Thanks to the Internet and mobile phones, that scandal received national attention and public outrage was met with at least 130 arrests and mass demotions.

Although outside agencies such as the FDA and the World Health Organization are working with Chinese authorities, this is at heart a problem only Beijing can solve. Doing so is a matter of self-interest for the Chinese government, which is trying to expand opportunities for agricultural trade.

Legal: Lawsuits continue to spread from Canada to Hawaii.

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156 Responses to “Recall Update: Tuesday”

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  1. SandyC says:

    Helen & Lorie, I’m right there in the same boat with you. Even tho it wasn’t FF I had the issue with (it was Beneful), I can’t & won’t use Purina products again. I believe they had serious problems in the first part of the year and they are a big enough company that they ignored it. I have no faith that they will ever admit that their products have caused illness and death in some pets. At this point, any pet food company is going to have to work very hard to get my trust. In my opinion, Purina has shown no honesty and no attempt to pull bad petfood. That tells me they have no concern if they kill my pets or not. I have 12 cans of FF in my garage, right beside the bag of Beneful. There’s nothing in the world that could get me to feed any of those to my pets.

    My cat and I have been having a great deal of issues switching food. She hates everything but FF and I know she’d eat it right up in a heartbeat if I’d just pull the tab on one of those cans and offer it to her. That’s never gonna happen. I’ll just deal with issues until she finally accepts that she’s not getting that FF anymore.

  2. LorieVA says:

    SandyC,

    My kitties and I are having issues also, they would gobbled that FF in a heartbeat if I wouldlet them. They will have to adjust though cause it never will happen again. Not sure if it was coincidence or not but that Friday morning i finall gave in after a month and feed them each a 1/4 can of FF Savory salmon and Geisha relapsed that evening I am done.

  3. pat says:

    Garyn, i think you’re referring to world health org and not wto. from the epa web site comes this little nugget of info:

    “melamine has been removed from the World Health
    Organization as a residue of concern for cyromazine, and Codex limits are established for the parent cyromazine only”

  4. Helen says:

    SandyC: I have been having an awful time trying to feed a different canned food. The dry part was no problem. I have, however, been having good luck with Evangers (the texture is similar to ground FF), but I have read some griping about vomiting from the chicken formula. My cat has not vomited it, but the color is a little gross (color of cooked liver). I won’t feed the pheasant because it has avacado in it. The mackeral is a whole headless fish in fishy liquid. Anyway, she is a FF addict, and she likes these. Offer at your own discretion. :)

  5. Moony says:

    Genny - he’s enjoying getting wet stuff exclusively! :D He doesn’t like the Prowl as much as the canned Felidae, but he’s getting used to it. Fortunately he’s not that finicky. I have Organix dry as a backup, just in case.

    Helen, silly question here…how do they manage to get a whole mackeral in each can when mackerals are at least 3 feet long? ;) Do they use babies?

  6. Helen says:

    Moony: They are just babies. They are bent to fit in the can, but whole. The can has one fish and a bunch of fishy sauce. The sauce is my cat’s favorite part. Actually it’s more like broth than sauce. When I wanted more water in my cat I let her drink the fish broth, then pour more water on the fish and she drinks that too. The Seafood Caviar flavor (all ground up) was the first canned food I have offered her during this whole business that she just stuck her face in and started munching.

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