- CNN confirms that melamine affected firms could reach into the hundreds. And was eaten by millions of people (and probably pets).
Let’s recap recent events:
- Millions of chickens ate toxic feed in February and have been consumed by people.
- Meanwhile, FDA has gotten 4,150 reports of pet deaths.
- 1 in 6 pet owners have been affected by recalls. That’s 8.3 million households.
- FDA refuses to recall any remaining tainted chickens, citing “low risk.” But experts say “they know little about how the toxin interacts with other compounds in food.”
- However, they are not willing to let the remaining tainted chickens and hogs into the human food supply. Why the contradiction? (Transcript of conference)
- FDA’s newly promoted “food safety czar” sticks to the party line and refuses to name the brands of foods contaminated.
- He also says “hundreds” of plants received tainted Chinese vegetable protein.
- Why? Melamine spiking is so widespread, there’s an industry devoted to it dating back 15 years.
- In a rare move, the FDA has detained large swaths of Chinese vegetable proteins.
- China is also requiring central testing of all vegetable protein. Estimates say only 60% of Chinese food makers are reliable.
- Deja vu all over again? FDA has seen this before in 1985.
Here are the substances that the FDA is blocking from China:
Wheat Gluten, Rice Gluten, Rice Protein, Rice Protein Concentrate, Corn Gluten, Corn Gluten Meal, Corn By-Products, Soy Protein, Soy Gluten, Proteins (includes amino acids and protein hydrosylates), Mung Bean Protein
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