Tainted Shrimp Feed From US Exported To 13 Countries


Shrimp feed made by a US firm using melamine as a binding agent has been exported to 13 countries (subsc. req.).

Michael Herndon, a spokesman for the FDA in Washington, said Thursday that the melamine-contaminated products made in the U.S., including feed ingredients and shrimp feed, may have been exported by Zeigler Bros. Inc., a feed manufacturer in Gardners, Pennsylvania, to 13 countries. They are Panama, Venezuela, Belize, Suriname, Costa Rica, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Gambia, Lebanon and Canada.

More excerpts after the jump.

From the WSJ:

The source of the melamine in Zeigler’s feed is a binding agent prepared by another U.S. company, Uniscope Inc., of Johnstown, Colorado. Uniscope works with several distributors in the U.S. and more than a dozen international distributors, providing products to more than 30 countries, according to its Web site.

Uniscope, a family-owned company that employs eight people, had been using Tembec’s product to make binding agents for livestock, fish and shrimp feed. Spokesman Charles Russell said the company had been unaware of the contamination and discovered it only when it tested the resin it received from Tembec.

In a recent interview, Mr. Russell wouldn’t disclose how much of the binding agent was produced and specifically to whom it was sold. But he did say that the product was sold to feed companies and distributors both domestically and internationally.

(Thanks mike)

55 Responses to “Tainted Shrimp Feed From US Exported To 13 Countries”

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  1. Trudy Jackson says:

    I’m sure they are already using tigers. I went to one of their herb sites and you can buy parts of tigers. They are the scum of the earth. And ignorant!! I have bengals. I love them so much.

  2. Becky says:

    I sure am glad we raise our own beef, and get chickens from a local man. All of our beef is raised on grains and hay or silage we grow ourselves. This is just sickening….all of it.

  3. mittens says:

    ugh i hammered my last entry- it was herbert hoover who was then a senator who sponsored legislation to make certain drugs available only by doctor written precription. he had been a pharmacist. this is still a bone of contention with doctors and pharmacists. as many may know you can go to the pharmacy in europe and the pharmacist can prescribe you a drug- without a doctor. not so here.

    i blame global warming for my screw up-actually i was at work and away from my sources.

    the first laws governing the saftey of drugs were passed in the 20’s and 30s including the basis for the FDA’s role and it’s unfortunate inability to enforce. teddy roosevelt was not involved in this. it came about due to a massive poisoning of school children with what was basically antifreeze in medicine. it was later that stronger drug laws were enacted rather unwillingly by kennedy-he opposed them until the whole thalidimide crisis-a drug that nearly made it to market in the US.

    the first controls over agriculture were indeed the doings of teddy. but we are talking about the FDA which did not exist in the early 1900s.

    this doesn’t change my basic premise-the FDA has never been adequetly empowered by law to protect you. it has little to do with the last 7 years. it HAS NEVER HAD THE POWER because the laws of our country do not give them the power. bitching about the current administration ignores the real problem. the fda stood as it thus does under clinton, bush 1 , reagan etc. we need to bitch about the laws that regulate our food and drug safety not the arbitrary administration of the moment.

  4. mittens says:

    er hubert HUMPHREY. well i give up. that’s hubert humphrey not hoover. blah!

  5. sandi says:

    Is the shrimp feed used in cat food? Is it used in Fish Foods??

    I am also becoming suspicious of any dog/cat food manufacturer, since I understand that many are not testing their foods.


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