Same Chinese Firm Named in Tainted South African Corn Gluten

Pet Connection is reporting that the supplier who shipped melamine-tainted corn gluten to South African pet food companies is the same as the one that shipped tainted rice protein concentrate to the US.

Binzhou Futian Biology Technology Co. Ltd., has also been linked to providing tainted ingredients for fish feed in the Canada as well, that made its way to the US.

No corn gluten has tested positive for melamine in the US, but according to the FDA, inspections do not translate to testing as they are relying on documents and testing by non-government sources. Considering that wheat flour was sold, shipped and processed as wheat gluten, it is not clear how confident the government can be in documentation.

6 Responses to “Same Chinese Firm Named in Tainted South African Corn Gluten”

  1. Itchmo » Blog Archive » Recall Update: Thursday says:

    […] Tainted US rice protein concentrate supplier also supplied tainted corn gluten to South Africa. […]

  2. Anonymous says:

    I HAVE A ? FOR ANYONE THAT MAY KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I HEARD SOMETHING A FEW YEARS AGO THAT I BELIEVED WHEN I FIRST HEARD IT AND TIL THIS DAY I STILL BELIEVE. IT WAS THAT MAJOR PF COMPANYS GO TO VETENARY SCHOOLS AND OFFER TO HELP PAY OFF STUDENT LOANS IN RETURN FOR THE STUDENTS WILL ENDORSING THEIR PRODUCTS WHEN THEY START PRACTICING. HAS ANYONE EVER HEARD OF THIS?

  3. Boutique Owner says:

    I’m not sure about that but I do know that Hills Science Diet and Iams have both penned textbooks used nationwide in the only “clinical nutrition” class that they receive. (I have both textbooks) I’ve also heard that they teach many of these classes. They fund many of the trade shows and teach continuing ed classes as well. While vets and vet techs are in school, Hills gives them reduced prices on their food (like $3 per bag). Gee, I wonder why your local vet tells you to feed crap like this? You’re better off finding a pet nutritionist, just as you would see a dietician yourself. General practictioners don’t specialize in nutrition. That’s too bad, because so much of what’s wrong with an animal can be tied directly to nutrition.

  4. Susan says:

    I used to work in a larger animal hospital. Hills and Eukanuba used to have contests (pitting the techs against each other) offering prizes to the tech who sold the most food. The owner and his wife used to get all-expenses paid trips and stuff from Hills. I’m in CT and they won a week in FL (Gulf Coast) once. Needless to say, I work for an old-time vet now. He’s been a vet for 50 years and he says he sees so much more illness now that we feed commercial food. He believes pets were much healthier when they got table scraps, raw bones, and raw “innards,” as he puts it. He says the pf companies are like Swanson telling us our children can only be healthy if we feed them their TV dinners.

  5. Cynthia says:

    Found this article relating to the subject of pet food manufactures and veterinary students.

    Journal of Nutrition 136, July 2006 “The Growing Problem of Obesity in Dogs and Cats” which is a paper written by Alex German of Liverpool Veterinary. Dr. German is “Royal Canin Lecturer” at Liverpool Veterinary School and they funded the obesity clinic set up there. In a letter to me dated 16th May 2006 Liverpool Veterinary School have disclosed to me that between 1.4.2004 and 31.3.2006 they received funding in the sum of 425,871 from pet food companies and 732,615 from drug companies. No funding should be taken from pet food or drug companies because it makes veterinary schools marketing arms of them but pet food companies are wrongly being allowed to teach veterinary students nutrition at veterinary schools and this is how students graduate not knowing that cats and dog were never meant to be fed carbohydrate laden dry pet food and that feeding them this is causing diabetes, struvite, calcium oxalate, kidney failure, ibs, cystitis etc. The Veterinary Schools have disclosed to me that Royal Canin are teaching nutrition to veterinary students at Edinburgh Veterinary School, Hills are being allowed to teach nutrition to veterinary students at Glasgow and London University Veterinary Schools, Iams have paid for a state of the art operating theatre at Cambrige Veterinary School and part fund a lecturer there and all the veterinary schools say they have done no independent research, free from pet food company finance or influence into whether pet food is causing cancer, diabetes, cystitis which can lead to kidney failure, kidney failure per se, heart disease or any other illness that cats and dogs get. Edinburgh Veterinary School disclosed to me their Walthams Lecturer in Nutrition contract, their Purina Feline Lecturer contract and their Royal Canin contract which allows Royal Canin to teach veterinary students and I think it is completely wrong that pet food companies in return for funding veterinary schools in return have such influence at veterinary schools when it is food like this which is causing so much illness in cats and dogs.

  6. Anonymous says:

    OK SO EVERYONE THAT ASKS THEIR VETS ADVICE ON PET FOOD FOR THEIR DOG OR CAT SHOULD DO THEIR HOMEWORK BEFORE JUST TAKING THE ADVICE JUST BECAUSE THEY WENT TO SCHOOL AND ARE SUPPOSED TO KNOW MORE THEN WE DO ABOUT PET NUTRITION. IF THE ONLY DIETARY COURSES THEY GET ARE FROM THE VERY PLACES WE KNOW ARE POISONING OUR PETS THEN HOW DO WE TRUST THEM. I WAS READING LABELS LONG BEFORE MARCH 06 ON MY PET FOOD BUT NEVER TOTALLY TRUSTED WHAT I READ. WHY BECAUSE FOR YEARS HUMAN NUTRITIONISTS HAVE SAID THE NUMBERS DONT CALCULATE CORRECTLY ON OUR FOOD. HOW OFTEN DO YOU SEE LOW FAT OR FAT FREE ONLY TO FOUND OUT THOSE STATEMENTS ARE FALSELY ADVERTISED DAILY. WHY WOULD ANYONE BELIEVE A LABEL. I KNOW WE ALL HAVE VARYING OPINIONS ON PET FOODS AND YOU KNOW WHAT WE CAN FIND GOOD AND BAD IN EVERY PRODUCT. IF YOU FIND SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND YOUR PET SHARING THAT IS GREAT BECAUSE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST RESOURCE WE HAVE RIGHT NOW BUT KEEP IN MIND WHAT WORKS FOR ONE DOESNT WORK FOR ALL.


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