Tainted Fish Feed Companies Identified

Skretting Co. of Canada has been identified by an Oregon hatchery as the company that sold melamine-tainted fish feed to the US. The affected product being used in Oregen is BioVita Starter. The hatchery found out about the problem when the FDA contacted them about testing the feed.

The fish feed is manufactured in Vancouver, Canada by the Skretting Co. It’s distributed under the Bio-Oregon label out of Longview, Wash.

It appears that seven hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest used this food — 6 in Washington, 1 in Oregon. Many of the fry in these hatcheries are released into the streams.

But the AP is reporting that a St. Louis-based broker, Diversified Ingredients Inc. sold tainted feed to Westaqua, another Vancouver, Canada company.

The head of a St. Louis company said it brokered a deal to import nearly 353,000 pounds of the Chinese wheat gluten that went directly to a Canadian aquaculture feed ingredient company called Westaqua. Listings for Canadian fish meal producers include a company called Westaqua Commodity Group Ltd. When reached by telephone, the president of the Vancouver, British Columbia company declined to talk about the matter.

“I can’t talk to you about that today,” Kelly Mills said, adding: “We’re not talking to the press about this issue.”

[The broker says Westaqua received] the wheat gluten directly from China last July and August. Collins said his company has provided the FDA with information, but added no one in return has indicated the ingredient tested positive for melamine.

(Thanks menusux)

RELATED: Summary of CNN Report

AndersonCooper360 called the pet food recall scope “almost Biblical” after fish feed contaminated. Concerns about Chinese fish around “for a long time.” According to CNN, melamine levels as high as 20% was found in tested samples.

CNN interviewed the manager of Chinese manufacturer, who has been detained since 4/25. He denies any wrong-doing and says he doesn’t know what melamine is.

31 Responses to “Tainted Fish Feed Companies Identified”

  1. Christie Keith says:

    I can’t wait to catch Anderson Cooper when they run it again later. Great chat tonight, Ben!

    ITCHMO ADMIN: All hail TIVO. Same to you.

  2. Ruth says:

    Hmm…..I wonder if Anderson Cooper has started to receive the “My Pet Count” postcards yet?

  3. Sandy says:

    Canada and China ?

  4. menusux says:

    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/st.....id=5286625

    WPVI-Philadelphia
    Associated Press May 8, 2007

    “The head of a St. Louis company said it brokered a deal to import nearly 353,000 pounds of the Chinese wheat gluten that went directly to a Canadian aquaculture feed ingredient company called Westaqua. Listings for Canadian fish meal producers include a company called Westaqua Commodity Group Ltd. When reached by telephone, the president of the Vancouver, British Columbia company declined to talk about the matter.

    “I can’t talk to you about that today,” Kelly Mills said, adding: “We’re not talking to the press about this issue.”

    “Edmund Collins, president of Diversified Ingredients Inc., later said it was his St. Louis company that handled the deal, with Westaqua receiving the wheat gluten directly from China last July and August. Collins said his company has provided the FDA with information, but added no one in return has indicated the ingredient tested positive for melamine. Acheson said only that the chemical was found in fish meal.

    “”We have not been alerted and we have been very upfront on this,” Collins said. “”

    http://edition.cnn.com/2007/HE.....fish.food/

    CNN

    Chinese firm manager detained

    “The manager of one of the Chinese companies that sold the suspected tainted wheat flour has been detained for nearly two weeks outside Beijing, CNN has learned.

    Tian Feng is the manager of Binzhou Futian Biology Technology Co. Ltd., which U.S. pet food distributors have identified as the company that sold them wheat flour, which was mislabeled as wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate and contained melamine and related products.

    Tian’s company was shut by local police on April 25, the day he was detained.

    “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Tian said in an interview with CNN from the detention center in Binzhou in China’s eastern Shandong Province.

    Dressed in a white T-shirt and orange prison vest, Tian said, “I don’t know about melamine. I don’t even know what this melamine is. I have never heard of anyone using it.”

    Under Chinese law, police can hold Tian for 30 days while the investigation continues. After that, he must be tried or released.”

    Officials: Fish pose no ’significant’ danger

    “Acheson, who would not divulge what states the meal was sent to, said there is no reason for alarm.

    “We do not believe that there is any significant risk associated with consuming these fish,” he said.

    Acheson added that investigators are traveling to the companies “to determine exactly what they are doing with the fish.”"

  5. menusux says:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.c.....ood09.html

    Seattle Times

    “Farmed fish have been fed meal spiked with the same chemical that has been linked to the pet food recall, but the contamination was probably too low to harm anyone who ate the fish, federal officials said Tuesday. Some of the contaminated feed was tracked to six Washington state hatcheries, and was immediately pulled from use.

    “It wasn’t immediately clear if any of the farmed fish entered the food supply.

    “Much of the farmed fish in Northwest stores is Atlantic salmon, and many stores have increased labeling to differentiate farmed versus wild-caught salmon.

    “News reports on Tuesday identified two Canadian companies — Westaqua Commodity Group and Skretting — that distributed fish feed spiked with the melamine. Both of those companies distribute feed to salmon farms as well as trout and other types of fish farms.

    “The food used at Washington state hatcheries was a starter feed consumed by fall chinook salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout and possibly chum salmon. There were no reports of any abnormal number of deaths among the several million fish estimated to have consumed this feed, according to John Kerwin, hatchery division manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    “Kerwin said that the state operates 80 hatcheries. Of the six that received contaminated feed, two were located on Hood Canal, three in the Lower Columbia and one on the Snake River.

    “Last week, an Oregon hatchery was informed that feed from Skretting was contaminated with melamine, said Oregon Fish and Wildlife spokesman Rick Hargrave. No ill effects were seen in any of the 870,000 spring chinook produced for the Willamette River system with feed contaminated with melamine, according to Oregon officials.

    “The Skretting feed was shipped to six other Oregon hatcheries. The feed at those hatcheries has not been tested yet to see if it was contaminated, Hargrave said.”

  6. menusux says:

    More In Custody in China

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18563825/

    MSNBC/AP

    “BEIJING - Managers from two companies which exported contaminated wheat gluten and rice protein blamed for the deaths of dogs and cats in the United States have been detained, state media reported Wednesday.

    “The Beijing Morning Post said China’s quality control watchdog had confirmed that the Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd. and Binzhou Futian Biology Technology Co. Ltd. had exported melamine-tainted products, and said managers from both companies had been detained.

    “It gave no further details, and telephones at the companies rang unanswered on Wednesday. A woman who gave her last name as Cao at the Binzhou police in Shandong province said she could not comment because of the confidential nature of the case.

    “Police in Jiangsu province where Anying Biologic is located did not answer the phone.

    ““The two companies illegally added melamine to the wheat gluten and rice protein in a bid to meet the contractual demand for the amount of protein in the products,” the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, was quoted as saying in a statement by Xinhua News Agency.

    Xinhua said the companies evaded quality checks by labeling the products as export items that are not subject to quality inspection.

    It also said “related company officials” had been detained without giving further details.”

  7. straybaby says:

    from the CNN link:

    “The FDA began its investigation in March, when Ontario-based Menu Foods discovered that nine of 25 cats involved in a taste test died of kidney failure.”

    so does this mean when they tested the 40-50 animals originally that half were cats and half were dogs? ’cause that sure raises the cat death percentage vs what we were originally told. i may be slow on this one, but it never occurred to me. i always heard it as 9 cats 1 dog in 40-50 animals tested, so including the dogs in with the cats skewed the percentage lower . . . when in reality, looks pretty darn deadly when it’s knocking off more than a third of the cats . . .

  8. Sylvia says:

    The wild salmon out of Puget Sound and the Columbia River has been found to have about twice the levels of PCB’s as farmed salmon. (No melamine tests then, though) So you want the ocean salmon.
    They got us good!

  9. Nina says:

    Wait…these 2 responses look almost identical…have a look:

    FROM the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine IN CHINA
    ““The two companies illegally added melamine to the wheat gluten and rice protein in a bid to meet the contractual demand for the amount of protein in the products,”

    FROM American Nutrition in their “response to critisism” statement IN USA:
    “…the products affected by the contaminated rice protein recall had customer-driven formula specifications for non-soy, non-corn, and non-wheat ingredients. Those customers specifically required rice-based formulations, which necessitated certain fortifications to meet label guarantees.”

    Looks like both of them are trying to say “not my fault, ma…we had to put protein-amplify our products because of the end customer”
    Talk about blaming the other guy….

  10. Nina says:

    Don’t know if this one got posted yet:
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.c.....rup06.html

    Mass poisonings tied to toxic syrup
    By Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker

    The New York Times

    A syrupy poison, diethylene glycol, is an indispensable part of the modern world, an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in antifreeze.

    It is also a killer, and deaths, if not intentional, often are no accident.

    Kidneys fail first. Then the central nervous system begins to misfire. Paralysis spreads, making breathing difficult and often impossible without assistance. In the end, most victims die.

    Many are children, poisoned by their unsuspecting parents.

    The poison over the years has been loaded into all varieties of medicine — cough syrup, fever medication, injectable drugs — by counterfeiters who profit by substituting the sweet-tasting solvent for a safe, more expensive syrup, usually glycerin, commonly used in drugs, food, toothpaste and other products.

    Toxic syrup has figured in at least eight mass poisonings in the past 20 years. Researchers estimate thousands have died. In many cases, the origin of the poison never has been determined. But records and interviews show that in three of the past four outbreaks it was made in China, a major source of counterfeit drugs.

    Panama is the most recent victim. Anticipating colds and coughs during the long rainy season, government officials last year unwittingly mixed diethylene glycol into 260,000 bottles of cold medicine. The result was devastating.

    Families have reported 365 deaths, 100 of which have been confirmed.

  11. Sylvia says:

    They sound like the importer here. It is always the customer’s fault. Sociopaths.
    Let me know if you did not see the long NYT article on the diethylene glycol. I can post a link.

  12. Cynthia says:

    I’d say STAY AWAY FROM ALL PET PRODUCTS CONTAINING ANY KIND OF FISH. You can bet it’s the factory farmed kind, not wild caught, unless stated.

  13. LorieVA says:

    I wonder if that is why my cats seemed to be having a relapse from their original exposureon March 23rd. They needed to go back to the vet April 27th for symptoms again all they were eating was Solid Gold Tuna and Merrick New Englan Boil all fish based foods. YIKES.

    Do you think wild Alaskan sockeyed salmon in a canned is safe…………….one is eating that and the other is eating organic chicken. Geez, this whole thing is getting so out of control.

  14. Cynthia says:

    LorieVA

    Don’t feed your cat tuna! It’s loaded with mercury!!! Or any fish for that matter.

    Need to read this…
    ” A Tribune investigation shows the tuna industry has failed to adequately warn consumers about the risks of eating canned tuna, while federal regulators have been reluctant to include the fish in their mercury advisories–at times amid heavy lobbying by industry.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/......htmlstory

  15. LorieVA says:

    Cynthia,

    I am out of options Geisha will not eat chicken 24/7 so besides fish what is there.

    Fish-mercury
    Chicken-feed tainted feed, bird flu
    Beef- mad cow, plus I bet they ate some of this crap too.
    Pig-not good for cats, plus ate tainted food

    My cats are going to starve

  16. Eric says:

    LorieVA,
    I thought you bought some KumpiKat. Will your cats not eat it?

  17. Cynthia says:

    LorieVA

    I have had that problem with my siamese. I buy “wild caught’ sardines packed in water from the health food store. Sardines harbor some of the highest levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fats and is an extremely good source of Calcium. I can’t remember the brand. I just ran out. There are others out there like…

    Crown Prince Natural…
    http://www.crownprince.com/cpsardines.htm

    Also, another one of my cat’s favorites are Wild Pacific Salmon packed in water by Eco Fish…
    http://www.ecofish.com/product.....oducts.htm
    (I would still stay away from all Tuna)

    I sometimes give the cats a little fish on the side or sprinkle it on their chicken.

    As for chicken, try to buy organic. If you don’t see it at the health food store, ask them to order it for you. Another option would be Bell & Evens chicken. It’s easier to find.

    Check out Whole Foods Health store if you live close enough to them.
    http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

    This is a GREAT site for sourcing healthier, natural & organic foods…
    http://www.localharvest.org/

  18. LorieVA says:

    Eric,

    My cats eat KUMPIKAT as a snack,vitamin source and when I go out of town. When I am around dry is not their first choice of any cat food. They are wet food junkies and since there is no safe wet food I have been trying to find safe other choices.

    Cynthia,

    They have the crown prince sardines at whole foods soI guess i will be getting chicken and sardines from there . Yuck. Smelly Sardines.

  19. David says:

    From the Westaqua website:

    “Westaqua also caters to the Pet Food Industry by supplying ingredients to the Food Manufacturers of dry Cat and Dog Foods.”

  20. LorieVA says:

    David Says:

    May 9th, 2007 at 12:17 pm
    From the Westaqua website:

    “Westaqua also caters to the Pet Food Industry by supplying ingredients to the Food Manufacturers of dry Cat and Dog Foods.”
    -
    Do think think this is where all the recalls of dry are going to start coming in

  21. Linda says:

    Nina,
    I read the article abouth the glycerin contamination a few days ago, the FDA put out a warning on May 4 I believe. My concern is pet toothpaste. I’m afraid to use it so I e-mailed the co. yest., not that they would even know if it’s contaminated or even test it. I’ll share if they respond. In the mean time, I ‘m not sure how to clean my dogs teeth. So many ingredients that are questionable!!! I would appreciate advice if anyone knows of safe products. Also, my dog has not been the same since switching from Eukaneuba (before recall situation) to Wellness (FISH!!!)to CA Natural. She’s 2 and not handling even slow changes very well, I don’t think she’s digesting her food properly. I’ve been giving her chicken & rice homecooked and CA Natural to minimize ingredients.

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  24. sandi says:

    This is unbelievable. As many of you know when pregnant, WE ARE TOLD DO NOT EAT FISH OR TUNA, SALMON, OR ANY FISH, MERCURY CONTAMINATION.

  25. sandi says:

    Ok, so, where do Canidae, chicken soup, merrick obtain their fish meal??

    So, these foods may be contaminated???

    No e mail returns to me, nor return phone calls.

    OH, how about IAMS

  26. sandi says:

    OH OH, just thought of Salmon OIl, brand Grizzley Salmon, many use it in their cat and dog foods, this may be contaminated

  27. Sue says:

    “It appears that seven hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest used this food — 6 in Washington, 1 in Oregon. Many of the fry in these hatcheries are released into the streams.”

    So, if this information is accurate, wild caught fish from the Northwest could be contaminated too! Oh boy.

  28. K9Rescue says:

    OK, so we now know that Westaqua (which is also located in Vancouver, BC just like Skretting Co.) rec’d at least 353,000 lbs of contaminated “wheat-something-that-the-FDA-can’t-quite-figure-out” directly from China last *July and August*. And Westaqua’s website [www.westaqua.com] states: “Westaqua ’s central focus is on the growing aquaculture business which includes Salmon, Trout and Yellowtail. We are a leading supplier of ingredients to feed manufacturers in aquaculture. ”
    [AND] “Westaqua is a leading supplier of ingredients to the animal feed industry. We supply many products to the manufacturers of feed for Dairy, Cattle, Chicken, Turkey, Hog, Horse and many other farm animals. Our extensive knowledge of supply and demand trends for a host of raw ingredients can give you the edge in your procurement needs.”
    [AND] “Westaqua also caters to the pet food industry by supplying ingredients to the food manufacturers of dry Cat and dog foods. Westaqua will supply you with on-time deliveries at the lowest cost and with the highest level of service. Westaqua provides leading technology in addition to unparalleled product and market knowledge.”

    So it may be that trout, salmon, tuna, unnamed other fish, dairy products, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, “many other farm animals”, and thus far unnamed & unidentified DRY cat & dog foods are also contaminated.

    “What’s for dinner?”

  29. Anna says:

    Non-stop letter writing… expand the post card mailing to every single person in this list… written words are read into the readers minds, can be powerful stuff.

    http://www.fda.gov/ora/fed_sta.....ytable.htm

    Expand the post card mailing to international agencies, companies and vet organizations.

    They started the 2007 international poison-fest games, let’s end it for them.

  30. chris says:

    Why is a Canadian company importing wheat? I thought Canada was a wheat exporter.

    Of course I know the answer: it is cheaper.

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