Who Supplied the Rice Protein Concentrate?

UPDATE 11pm Eastern: USA Today identifies the supplier.

ORIGINAL POST: Open letter to Natural Balance:

We went through this a month ago. How does a company make good on a mistake? Tell us everything. Legal issues, and public relations be damned.

Question number one is: Who supplied the suspect rice protein?

Give us an opportunity to find out what else may be affected. Please. For our pets.

UPDATE: ChemNutra, who supplied the wheat gluten to Menu Foods and others, says they did not supply rice protein to neither Natural Balance or Diamond Pet Foods.

46 Responses to “Who Supplied the Rice Protein Concentrate?”

  1. Steve says:

    Who supplied the suspect rice protein?

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for the bastards to answer that question. Apparently nothing short of torture will ever get a confession out of these guys.

  2. Ann says:

    ChemNutra lists rice protein concentrate as the 2nd item on their Feed & Pet Food list.

    Somebody ask if they sold to Diamond or anyone else…

    Please ask if they did corn gluten also..

    this is too scary for words…

  3. Steve says:

    In my opinion Ann every last one of them from that outfit and their partners and enablers for starters needs to be taken in for questioning.

  4. Geff says:

    I just sent the following email to NB:

    “I sure wish you’d go public with the name of the Rice Protein supplier. I strongly suspect other premium brands are impacted. My cat got very sick about 10 days ago on a sample of Solid Gold, also made by Diamond. Fortunately, we caught it immediately & he’s ok.

    Our pet’s lives are so much more important then protecting a gluten
    supplier’s reputation. PLEASE go public; the FDA obviously won’t;
    they’re part of the Bush administration.

    I found this in the USA today article,

    “Herrick also said Diamond got the rice protein concentrate from an
    American company, which he wouldn’t name.”

    Again, please for the sake of our pets, PLEASE go public with the name of this supplier.
    Thank You,”

  5. LisaM says:

    First Wheat, now Rice. Corn would be the logical next shoe to fall. I hope not. I also hope they come out and give the supplier name ASAP

  6. Geff says:

    I received a rather unexpected response to the email I sent above. I addressed it by clicking the contact us link on the NB website.

    “I’m sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
    be delivered to one or more recipients. It’s attached below.

    For further assistance, please send mail to

    If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
    delete your own text from the attached returned message.

    The Postfix program

    : Host or domain name not found. Name service error
    for name=naturalblanceinc.com type=A: Host not found”

  7. Steve says:

    No surprise there Geff. These guys obviously do not want to have to answer any questions and are on the run or hiding out hoping it all blows over.

  8. anon says:

    Or maybe they normally only got a handful of email each day, and are now instead getting a torrential flood, and they have run out of mail storage since their system was not desigend to handle this, so you get the return notice?

  9. Ann says:

    ChemNutra’s Media contact responded that they did not sell rice protein concentrate to Diamond and that they do not supply corn gluten.

    FWIW

  10. Geff says:

    Regarding the email I mentioned above, I also tried reversing their misspelling of the a & l (NB’s spelling, NOT MINE). It still bounced.

  11. Steve says:

    Ann I wouldn’t trust ChemNutra if my life depended on it.

  12. Steve says:

    Feb 20th - Menu Foods receives first reports of problems with pet food.
    Feb 26th - Menu foods commence tests on 50 animals.
    Feb 26th & 27th - Menus CFO sells half his shares for $102,900.
    March 16th - Recall announced. Share price plunges
    April 10th - CFO calls this a “horrible coincidence”

  13. 5CatMom says:

    This is not just about pet food.

    For days I’ve been trying to contact EPA, FDA, & Homeland Security regarding issues associated with the pet food recall.

    I just sent this to Homeland Security for my area:

    Here’s why I’m so concerned, and why I contacted Homeland Security when no one else would listen:

    The pet food recall reveals that an offshore company can export a contaminated ingredient into the US pet food supply.

    ChemNutra ordered “food grade” gluten.

    US food companies also order “food grade” gluten.

    So it’s very likely that the same “food grade” gluten that contaminated the pet food supply has also contaminated the human food supply.

    There’s probably a load of Melamine contaminated “food grade” wheat gluten at the Campbell’s Soup Company ready to go into the manufacturing process.

    FDA needs to get the word out to US human food companies, so that they can test their raw ingredients.

    That’s why this is a BIG DEAL. But no one wants to listen.

    Really wish you could get this to Washington because I can’t get FDA or Homeland Security to even answer the phone.

    I’m home tonight, if you want to discuss.

    Thanks.

  14. Adrienne says:

    PLEASE BE AWARE that Menu Foods has just updated their canned cat recall list
    Tuesday PM, April17!

  15. Sharon says:

    There’s been another recall. Didn’t see a link to report this to you. Sorry if this is in the wrong spot.

    April 17, 2007

    Menu Foods Refines Recall List

    TORONTO, ONTARIO–(April 17, 2007) - Menu Foods

    Attention Business/Financial Editors

    Menu Foods has previously recalled wet cat and dog food produced with adulterated wheat gluten supplied by ChemNutra Inc. Over the past several days, Menu Foods continued a detailed analysis of production records at its Emporia, Kansas, plant as part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing investigation of this adulterated wheat gluten. As a result of this work, Menu Foods advises the public:

    - One additional item has been added to the recall list and is shown below

    - Two additional production dates of eight varieties of pet food have been added to the recall list. These eight varieties of pet food had previously been withdrawn from the market and should already be off the retailer shelves.

    An updated list of the recalled products, including this addition, is available at the Menu Foods website at http://www.menufoods.com.

    Dog Food

    Brand

    Look For This Date On The Bottom of Can or Back of Pouch

    Variety Description

    Can / Pouch

    Size

    UPC

    Natural Life

    Nov/22/09

    Vegetarian 13.2oz

    Can

    13.2oz

    12344-07114

    Menu Foods
    Consumers
    1-866-895-2708

  16. 5CatMom says:

    Menusux,

    Can you please go through the info you posted last week about the China companies.

    Please post names of those companies who are offering to sell grain products, and what products.

    Also, please post names of the “fishy” ones that were changing names of products.

    Would be a great help if you will put info into a format that even a person in Washington can understand.

    Those guys are really hardheaded.

    I expect to talk to someone in the morning about all of this.

    Thanks.

  17. 5CatMom says:

    Does anyone have an update on the Beneful issue?

    I haven’t had time to check.

    Are any grain products in Beneful?

  18. juli28428 says:

    By Julie Schmit and Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY
    The industrial chemical melamine has been found in more pet food, and suspicion is falling on a second pet-food ingredient imported from China as the source of the contamination.
    Natural Balance Pet Foods said Tuesday it found melamine in samples of some of its food, which led to a recall. The company suspects melamine was in a rice protein concentrate used as an ingredient, said President Joey Herrick in an interview.

    Melamine is the chief suspect related to the Menu Foods recall, first announced four weeks ago for more than 60 million cans and pouches of wet dog and cat food. The melamine in Menu’s products was in wheat gluten imported from China and sold to Menu and several other pet-food makers, which also did recalls.

    The rice protein concentrate was imported from China by San Francisco-based Wilbur-Ellis. Herrick says the concentrate, which is being tested, is suspected to have melamine, as it was the only new ingredient. Recalled Natural Balance products include Venison and Brown Rice canned and dry dog foods, dog treats and Venison and Green Pea dry cat food.

    Wilbur-Ellis CEO John Thacher said his company sold the concentrate to five pet-food makers, but that most of it went to two firms. One of the primary companies was Diamond Pet Foods, which packs some of the Natural Balance product but doesn’t use the concentrate in any Diamond-made foods, says Diamond spokesman Jim Fallon. The other major customer, which Thacher would not name, tested the rice protein and found no melamine, Thacher says. Natural Balance’s rice protein concentrate is mixed with venison meal, Thacher says.

    FIND MORE STORIES IN: China | Foods | Menu | Petcare | Menu Foods
    Natural Balance has received about 10 reports of sick pets, mostly dogs, since Thursday, Herrick says. It started testing the foods Friday, when it also asked retailers to pull the products. As in the Menu recall, some of the pets developed kidney failure, Natural says.

    Natural Balance was co-founded in 1989 by actor Dick Van Patten, according to the company’s website.

    The Food and Drug Administration offered no comment Tuesday. It said Monday that Natural Balance had informed the agency of the issue. Thacher says it told the FDA on Sunday that it had detected melamine in some rice protein concentrate imported from China about a week ago. Wilbur-Ellis has ceased importing the ingredient from the Chinese firm, Binzhou Futian Biology Technology, Thacher says.

    Along with Diamond, pet-food makers Nestlé Purina PetCare and Procter & Gamble said Tuesday that they don’t use rice protein concentrate in their foods.

    No other Natural Balance products include the ingredient, the company says.

    Melamine is not allowed in human or pet food. It is an industrial chemical used in plastics worldwide and also sometimes as a fertilizer in Asia, the FDA says.

    While melamine is not highly toxic, the FDA is investigating whether it, or something related to it, is responsible for pet deaths in the Menu recall.

  19. Barbara says:

    I can’t believe this is happening! I guess I was right all along, all the co. are in it for the all mighty dollar at ANY expense! First are poor pets and the poor ones they gave the poisoned food too. Now probably us. I don’t want to sound stupid, but what is the difference between Rice Protein Concentrate, brown rice flour or anything with” rice “in it or is all the same?
    Has anyone heard anything about the Performatrin Ultra pet food? God, I’m afraid to feed my pets anymore for fear I’m killing them from eating! I am glad that there are web sites like this to help one another.
    Thanks!

  20. Steve says:

    ACCORDING TO USA Today, the rice protein was imported by Wilbur-Ellis… and was sent to five pet food manufacturers.
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/32nnoy

    COMPANY OVERVIEW

    Incorporated in 1921, Wilbur-Ellis Company has grown to become a leading international marketer and distributor of agricultural and industrial products, with sales exceeding $1.710 billion in 2006. The Company remains privately held, with ownership concentrated primarily within the founding family.

    To support our diverse customer base, we maintain a multinational marketing/distribution network of offices, formulation facilities, retail centers, and warehouses strategically located throughout North America and the Pacific Rim. Whether transporting fertilizers from warehouses to fields, supplying chemicals to paint factories in Asia, or exporting compressed hay bales from the Western United States and Canada to Japan, we have the technology, experience, integrity, and relationships to deliver what we promise.

    http://webprod.wecon.com/WECOW.....erview.htm

  21. LisaM says:

    Beneful’s Ingredients:

    Beneful Original: Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, animal digest, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, zinc sulfate, glyceryl monostearate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.
    F-4090

    Beneful Healthy Weight: Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, soybean hulls*, whole wheat flour, rice flour, chicken, soy flour, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), sugar, animal digest, tricalcium phosphate, sorbitol, water, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried green beans, dried carrots, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), zinc sulfate, added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, ferrous sulfate, glyceryl monostearate, manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite. A-4091 *14% - a source of fiber

    Beneful Healthy Radiance: Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), salmon, brewers rice, soybean meal, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, soybean oil, animal digest, water, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried carrots, calcium carbonate, green beans, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, biotin, garlic oil, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite. B-4092

    Beneful Healthy Growth Puppy: Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), chicken, rice flour, milk, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, animal digest, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), calcium carbonate, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, DL-Methionine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, brewers dried yeast, biotin, garlic oil, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite. A-4093

    Beneful Healthy Harvest: Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soy protein concentrate, soybean meal, pearled barley, brewers rice, tricalcium phosphate, sugar, water, animal digest, sorbitol, phosphoric acid, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, calcium carbonate, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried spinach, dried sweet potatoes, dried apples, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, calcium propionate (a preservative), DL-Methionine, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Yellow 6), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, niacin, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, biotin, garlic oil, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite. B-4087

  22. LisaM says:

    Beneful Prepared Meals -

    Beef Stew: Water sufficient for processing, beef, wheat gluten, liver, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, peas, carrots, rice, barley, natural & artificial flavors, salt, tricalcium phosphate, soy flour, potassium chloride, added color, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin. A-4061

    Simmered Chicken Medley: Water sufficient for processing, chicken, wheat gluten, liver, green beans, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, carrots, wild rice, white rice, natural & artificial flavors, salt, dicalcium phosphate, soy flour, potassium chloride, tricalcium phosphate, added color, zinc sulfate, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin. A-4064

    Savory Rice and Lamb Stew: Water sufficient for processing, wheat gluten, liver, meat by-products, lamb, wild rice, white rice, corn starch-modified, chicken, peas, carrots, natural & artificial flavors, tricalcium phosphate, salt, soy flour, potassium chloride, added color, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin. A-4065

    Simmered Beef Entree:
    Water sufficient for processing, beef, wheat gluten, liver, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, carrots, barley, wild rice, spinach, natural & artificial flavors, salt, tricalcium phosphate, soy flour, potassium chloride, added color, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin. A-4060

    Roasted Chicken Recipe: Water sufficient for processing, chicken, wheat gluten, liver, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, pasta (wheat flour, egg whites), carrots, spinach, natural & artificial flavors, salt, soy flour, potassium chloride, tricalcium phosphate, added color, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin. A-4063

  23. menusux says:

    http://www.itchmo.com/read/rec.....mment-4394

    menusux Says:

    April 12th, 2007 at 6:34 pm
    http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-b.....amp;src=ap

    China’s Food Safety Woes Expand Overseas Updated 5:50 PM ET April 12, 2007 AP

    http://www.fuzing.com/vci/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd.

    Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co, Ltd is a technological enterprise with research, production, distribution, which exports biologic feed, feed additive, edible flour, agricultural and sideline products.

    Our company sticks to the tenet of “Sincere and Keeping Promise” and “Putting Quality at the First Place” and has won the title of “Sincere and Keeping Promise” for many times by Consumer Association. The reference grade is three A. We have also held the certificates of ISO9001:2000 international quality management system and HACCP-EC-01 international system. “AnYing”brand is certificated of Jiangsu famous trademark.

    Our company specializes in the export of wheat gluten, wheat flour, cornstarch, sweet potato starch, and other agricultural and sideline products. We wish to cooperate with home and broad merchants hand in hand.

    Company Type : Exporter
    Contact : Ya Li
    Address : Hancheng South
    Pei county, Jiangsu, 221600
    China
    Telephone : [86] (516) 89676710
    Fax : [86] (516) 89741156
    Web Site : www.xzay.com

    Our Listings :

    http://www.fuzing.com/vml/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    http://www.fuzing.com/vml/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    http://www.fuzing.com/vml/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    Note they have come up with new names for Wheat Gluten-Wheat Vital Protein–Wheat Active Protein.

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....al-Protein

    wheat gluten meal is also named wheat active protein. The flour is used as its raw material, and from which extracts a light brown natural grain powder through intensively processing. It is a good solubles protein, containing fifteen amino acid essential for human body. After all, it can yet be regarded as a plant protein food looking good, smelling good and tasting good. It is the basic raw material of high-grade aquatic food.

    And say how essential it is to the Human Body… This page shows them offering to sell the stuff–it’s available right now.

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....ein-Powder

    latest product ESB Protein Powder which is researched and developed by Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. , Ltd. contains protein 160%-300%, which solves the problem for shortage of protein resource. Reasonably making use of NPN and reducing the production cost of feed factor, ESB Protein Powder is a good additive to supplement the shortage of protein resources in animal feed applications.

    After eating this, protein powder will be transformed into mycoprotein in the alimentary canal under the action of digestive enzyme; it will be normally digested, absorbed and used by the livestock and poultry. It is safe nonpoisonous, without bad reaction

    This is currently for sale by them too–along with-

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....-Feedstuff

    White or yellow powder, the density is 5.606, melting point 1975°. It is a kind of amphoteric oxide which is water-fast, ethanol-fast and dissolves in acid and alkali liquor. It appears yellow color in high temperature, while it is white after refrigation.

    1. contrasting to other Zinc , The cost of Zinc Oxide is lower. The quality of accession is 40%of the ZnSO4·H2O and 28% of the ZnSO4·7H2O

    2. Zinc Oxide is dry powder. It has good stability, no water, no agglomeration and fixity. It is also convenient for machining and reserving.

    3. Zinc Oxide is easier to be absorbed by animal than other Zinc.

    http://en.dg668.com/product/9167.html

    Vital Wheat Gluten Product Origin£º China
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    Brief Introduction:

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    Specification:
    Protein¡Ý75% Moisture¡Ü8%
    Ash (lime)¡Ü1% The rate of absorbing water¡Ý160%
    The degree of thickness: 99% through 200¦Ìm tough silk sieve
    Taste, smell: normal, with grain delicious
    Outward ap: light yellow powder

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    address£º Tangmu District Hancheng South Road Pei County Jiangsu P.R China
    Zip£º 221600

    This site asks you to download Chinese language characters–I said “cancel” to that. This is what I got after I refused the Chinese character download.

    New names, same possibly tainted product to be sold outside of the US, where it’s barred. Note they refer to human consumption under their new names for it.

    If you Google them, you can also see they are offering to sell fresh carrots and ginger, in addition to the above.

    What’s needed here for the health and safety of everyone, is some kind of tax incentives/tax breaks for manufacturers to make it easier on the “bottom line” to purchase US-produced ingredients for their food products. This should help those in the US who are the growers/producers of non-tainted food items, and give all of us better assurance and protection against history repeating itself, while keeping the costs down for the manufacturers.

    Here’s the Thursday post both link to it and a copy here. This is the supplier of the wheat gluten to Menu Foods–Xuzhou-Anying–as of the original date of this post, they were making offers to sell all of the above on the international market.

    If you go through the various trade sites “offers” pages (and you can find them if you enter the item such as wheat gluten or rice protein into Google or any other good search engine and just keep going through pages and clicking), there are tons more than Xuzhou-Anying. Some may be offering non-tainted product–but with the situation re: foodstuffs from China, we simply have no idea which products may be find–and which are contaminated with one thing or another.

    Not sure this is helping much, because when I did this, I was looking mainly for what Xuzhou-Anying was attempting to sell after what had happened, and these offers to sell by them were good as of Thursday, but may have changed at this point.

    http://www.fusing.com/

    http://www.alibaba.com/aboutalibaba/index.html

    http://www.alibaba.com/

    http://en.dg668.com/

    These are the start/home pages for just some of the many online trading sites one could start watching.

    http://www.fusing.com/

    http://en.dg668.com/

    The two links above are where Xuhou-Anying was offering to sell the products above–the post from Thursday includes their hype for how good it is for people and their other “creative” names for wheat gluten.

    HTH!

  24. Steve says:

    LisaM I assume your point is try to hold your stomach while reading?

  25. Stephanie says:

    As the USA Today article states, a large quantity of rice gluten was sold to Diamond. Diamond spokesperson says they don’t use it in their product. What are they doing with it then?

    Now I am sitting here with a Diamond made product that I am reluctant to feed my dogs. I guess it will sit here a little while longer.

  26. Lori says:

    If I have read everything correctly, Diamond foods says they do not use rice protein in any of THEIR foods. However, they don’t mention anything about all the other foods they manufacture. For example, did you know that Solid Gold is made at the Diamond plant? A few weeks ago I purchased a new bag of Solid Gold Wolf Cub. My dogs had been eating it and doing very well. When I fed them the new bag ALL DOGS VOMITTED IT BACK UP! I quit feeding it immediately and took the food back. I got another bag with a totally different lot number and they have done fine since then. The food that they barfed up had a sell by date of September 9, if I remember correctly. The food I replaced it with had a sell by date in November.

  27. Stephanie says:

    I am sitting on a bag of Hund-N-Flocken

  28. keri says:

    This is just killing me!! Does anyone have a list of foods that Diamond makes and or packages??? And does anyone have a guess on who the other 5 manufactures are?? I feed Pinncale trout and sweet potato now..But i was feeding NB venison and rice a few weeks ago that is… Until my dogs became sick!!!!!

  29. Pam says:

    I stopped feeding my dogs Science Diet Adult Small Bites a couple of weeks ago after all 3 got sick after their first meal from a newly opened bag. Their symptoms were vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and blood-flecked urine. They ate homemade food for a week with no problems and I gradually transitioned them to Nature’s Logic Chicken formula, which has no wheat, rice, soy, glutens, etc. They have eaten it and nothing else since Friday. Everything was fine until today, when I returned home from work to find that they were all sick again with the same symptoms. I’m taking them back to the vet again tomorrow. I don’t know what is wrong or whether it is their food. Has anyone else had similar problems with these brands?

  30. Stephanie says:

    Binzhou Futian Biology Technology

    Is that the same company that the Chinese company that sold the wheat gluten said they bought it from?

    That name seems very familiar.

  31. menusux says:

    Have just had a look at the BINZHOU FUTIAN BIOLOGY TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD. site.

    http://www.sdjinhaiwan.com/sdp.....88823.html

    Home page

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    The transportation is leading everywhere,and the goods export is very convenient. Series of cornproduct, Granule Corn Gluten Meal, Powdery Corn Gluten Meal,soya protein concentrate (feed grade),and rice protein concentrat(feedgrade).Degrease fish meal,Pea Protein Powder biological fodder.etc

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    The products of Shandong FuTian Biology technology Co., Ltd. have covered all over China, and have good sales in America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

    http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/.....214302.bmp

    This is supposed to be their factory–it looks like a stock shot of a building with their name simply superimposed on it.

    The products of Shandong FuTian Biology technology Co., Ltd. have covered all over China, and have good sales in America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

    Main business scope includes industrial and commercial trade, import and export business, breed aquatics development, grain and oil fodder, biological protein powder, plant oil, corn and bean series, green food.

    http://www.sdjinhaiwan.com/sdp.....88824.html

    Product catalog–9 products shown at link at present.

    http://www.sdjinhaiwan.com/sdp.....46081.html

    Order any of their wonderful products online:
    sdwd@sdjinhaiwan.com to buy Granule and powdery corn gluten meal
    sdwh@sdjinhaiwan.com to buy corn gluten feed
    sdrc@sdjinhaiwan.com to buy bean gluten meal
    sdqd@sdjinhaiwan.com to buy compound protein powder
    sdym@sdjinhaiwan.com to buy soy lecithin
    sdhs@sdjinhaiwan.com to buy corn germ cake
    sddl@sdjinhaiwan.com to buy plant oil
    sdbz@sdjinhaiwan.com Department of planning and operation

    Photos on this page show how phony this company is.

    http://www.sdjinhaiwan.com/sdp.....88826.html

    Rice Protein Feed Grade

    Name︰ rice protein (feed grade)
    Brand Name︰ Futian
    Country of Origin︰ China
    Minimum Order︰ 20 TONS
    Export Markets︰ Global
    Payment Details︰ Irrevocable L/C at Sight and T/T

    packing:
    packed with 25kg , 40kg,50kg, 900kg,1000kg PP woven bags/25kg,50kg paper-plastic bags/mark

    Min Order︰ 19ton
    Ship Date︰ in 3 days
    Standard Met︰ Q/BFT001-2004

    rice protein (feed grade) looks bright and the color is offwhite .It mainly be used to feed the animals .The rice protein concentrate which is the byproduct of rice starch is rich in nutrition. It plays an important part in helping animals grow and against illness . It is good additive, so the animals can grow stronger and eat more . Especially , we can make sure that the animals would be needed for it at all times. Also, people can make good use of the feed ,then ,much proteins will be remained ,feed energy will be improved and feed cost will be reduced .At last ,making animals grow stronger will come ture . Finally, we want to say that it is very useful for feeding cattle , pigs ,chickens, ducks and marine lives ..etc. So it can’t be lacked in the feed line.

    See above where “people can make good use of the feed, then”…

    http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/.....095810.bmp

    http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/.....096169.bmp

    Links above show what looks to be apparent stock photos of shipping bags.

    http://www.sdjinhaiwan.com/sdp.....46081.html

    Wheat Protein Concentrate

    Name︰ Wheat protein concentrate
    Brand Name︰ FUTIANZHENGDA
    Country of Origin︰ China
    Minimum Order︰ 40 TONS
    Export Markets︰ Global
    Payment Details︰ Irrevocable L/C at Sight and T/T

    Min Order︰ 20 tons
    Ship Date︰ in 3 days
    Standard Met︰ ISO9002

    people can make good use of the feed ,then ,much proteins will be remained ,feed energy will be improved and feed cost will be reduced .At last ,making animals grow stronger will come ture . Finally, we want to say that it is very useful for feeding cattle , pigs ,chickens, ducks and marine lives ..etc. So it can’t be lacked in the feed industry.

    Compare it to the BS from Zuhou-Anying and their “vital wheat protein/wheat active protein”, still for sale on the international market:

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....al-Protein

    Wheat Vital Protein
    Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co.Ltd

    wheat gluten meal is also named wheat active protein. The flour is used as its raw material, and from which extracts a light brown natural grain powder through intensively processing. It is a good solubles protein, containing fifteen amino acid essential for human body. After all, it can yet be regarded as a plant protein food looking good, smelling good and tasting good. It is the basic raw material of high-grade aquatic food.

    http://www.fuzing.com/vli/0020.....ein-Powder

    Their ESB Protein Powder hype:

    Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co.Ltd
    ESB Protein Powder is a good additive to supplement the shortage of protein resources in animal feed applications.

    http://www.fuzing.com/vml/0015.....ment-CoLtd

    Both still for sale and the wheat vital protein/wheat gluten meal/wheat active protein is STILL “good for the human body”….

    “wheat gluten meal is also named wheat active protein. The flour is used as its raw material, and from which extracts a light brown natural grain powder through intensively processing. It is a good solubles protein, containing fifteen amino acid essential for human body.”

    Note that the rice protein was FEED, not HUMAN FOOD grade–for all the commotion that NB makes about quality in its products. Surely no fan of Menu, but the wheat gluten was human food quality.

    Don’t believe you could get a grammar school kid to fall for these phony front companies–he/she would realize there’s something wrong here. What’s making adults with supposed business-savvy believe there’s anything quality at these joints?

  32. teric says:

    Wilbur-Ellis CEO John Thacher said his company sold the concentrate to five pet-food makers, but that most of it went to two firms. One of the primary companies was Diamond Pet Foods, which packs some of the Natural Balance product but doesn’t use the concentrate in any Diamond-made foods, says Diamond spokesman Jim Fallon. The other major customer, which Thacher would not name, tested the rice protein and found no melamine, Thacher says. Natural Balance’s rice protein concentrate is mixed with venison meal, Thacher says.

    I WANT TO KNOW WHO ARE THE OTHER 4 COMPANIES IT WAS SOLD TO!!!!!

  33. Traci says:

    “The two links above are where Xuhou-Anying was offering to sell the products above–the post from Thursday includes their hype for how good it is for people and their other “creative” names for wheat gluten.”

    Actually, for humans, barring allergies, wheat gluten is good as a meat substitute for vegans. The problem isn’t wheat gluten, it is wheat gluten made from GMOs or chemically tainted wheat gluten.

  34. Traci says:

    and if you want good untainted organic US rice try Lundberg products. Not really trying to plug, but it’s the only major brand of rice I will trust right now.

  35. G.K. says:

    I’ve seen a number of Iams complaints..

    I notice that many of the Iams drys contain ‘brewer’s rice’ as one of their top ingredients. Is this actual rice, or is it possible that they’re using the rice protein stuff instead?

    Anyone know?

  36. Traci says:

    “Brewer’s Rice - Milled rice containing less than 25% of whole kernels and broken rice that does not meet the requirements for Second Heads or Screenings.”

    http://marketnews.usda.gov/por.....af_dm=full

  37. 5CatMom says:

    menusux,

    Thanks for posting that info. Man-O-Man, those FDA folks need to get up to speed, and fast.

  38. 5CatMom says:

    LisaM,

    Thanks for the Beneful info. Do you know what happened with the group from doggybling? Last time I checked in over there, they’d given Purina a deadline.

    Sure is heartbreaking to see so many sick dogs and cats.

  39. Anonymous says:

    What I don’t understand is…how it’s acceptable at all for all this information to be contained and delayed as animals die. There are laws about cruelty to animals. If someone walked through a city park with a gun shooting and killing thousands of dogs, they would go to jail. Why is this not a criminal investigation?! EVERY person contributing to these deaths through deceit and withholding information should be held accountable for a CRIMINAL ACT.

  40. Geff says:

    Anonymous, unfortunately we’re getting a dose of how the Bush administration does business. They are in control of the FDA.

  41. Lynn says:

    ANDREW VON ESCHENBACH

    I read somewhere [on of today’s articles?] that Senator Durbin met with AvE. Anyone know what that was about?

  42. Paul says:

    Blue Buffalo just recalled one of their cat foods. Information posted on their website. Here it is:

    Voluntary Recall of Spa Select Kitten Dry Food
    Dear Pet Parents:

    The Blue Buffalo Company has undertaken a voluntary recall on one production run of our Spa Select Kitten dry food. The production code on the recalled product is:

    “Best Used By Mar. 07 08 B.”

    We have taken this action because the rice protein concentrate used for this one production run was obtained from Wilbur-Ellis, the same company who supplied this ingredient to Natural Balance. Test results received late last evening (4/18) indicated that this rice protein concentrate tested positive for melamine. This is the first and only time our manufacturing partner sourced an ingredient from Wilbur-Ellis, and we had no knowledge that they had imported the ingredients from China.

    We have advised the FDA of this finding and will be working closely with them on this issue.

    Of the 4,752 bags produced in this one run, we were able to prevent the majority from ever entering retail distribution. We are working closely with our retail partners to remove this product immediately and will be re-stocking the shelves with Spa Select Kitten dry food that was produced without any rice protein sourced from Wilbur-Ellis as soon as possible.

    f you currently have a bag of Spa Select Kitten dry food, please check the code date and if it matches the one shown above discontinue use immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If your cat has eaten any of the recalled food, please call your veterinarian immediately to discuss if there are any risks to your pet.

    Should you have a specific question call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-919-2833 or email us at info@bluebuff.com. We understand your desire for immediate answers and we will be working to get back to you as quickly as we can.

    No other Spa Select cat food or dog food, canned or dry, is included in this recall.

    As a family owned company whose reason for being is to provide cats and dogs with the highest quality natural foods, we are extremely upset by this recall and can’t begin to apologize enough to our customers. From our perspective, it is unacceptable to produce even one bag of food with the potential to cause a pet to become ill, and we will further tighten our ingredient sourcing and quality assurance procedures as a result of this incident.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Bishop
    President
    Blue Buffalo

  43. Melantha Tatum says:

    Here’s a copy of an email sent to me from Natural Balance after I enquired as to whether they used any products form China, and if they manufactured their own food.

    They out and out lied about using products from China!

    So disgusting!

    Hope this helps.

  44. Melantha Tatum says:

    OOPS!
    here’s the copy of the emaiil:

    Hello,
    Please know that our dry and canned formulas are “co-packed” at a separate facility in the United States. Our dry formulas are co-packed at Diamond in California, and our canned formulas are co-packed at American Nutrition in Utah. What this means, is that we use their machinery to manufacture our OWN products. We also have our OWN quality control over seeing any manufacturing/production of our products. Further, all of our products are tested prior to production, after production, and then once again at our facility before the product ever leaves for distribution. Also we do not use wheat gluten in our dog or cat formulas. However, we do have whole wheat flour in our Dog Rolls and Roll-A-Rounds, in which this ingredient does come from the United States and is human grade. We do not get any of our ingredients from China. If you should have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone. Have a good day.

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer Freeman, B.S., R.V.T.
    Animal Nutrition
    Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.
    800-829-4493

  45. Melantha Tatum says:

    OOPS

    forgot to include the email:

    Hello,
    Please know that our dry and canned formulas are “co-packed” at a separate facility in the United States. Our dry formulas are co-packed at Diamond in California, and our canned formulas are co-packed at American Nutrition in Utah. What this means, is that we use their machinery to manufacture our OWN products. We also have our OWN quality control over seeing any manufacturing/production of our products. Further, all of our products are tested prior to production, after production, and then once again at our facility before the product ever leaves for distribution. Also we do not use wheat gluten in our dog or cat formulas. However, we do have whole wheat flour in our Dog Rolls and Roll-A-Rounds, in which this ingredient does come from the United States and is human grade. We do not get any of our ingredients from China. If you should have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone. Have a good day.

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer Freeman, B.S., R.V.T.
    Animal Nutrition
    Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.
    800-829-4493

  46. Annie says:

    Melantha,

    Thanks so much for posting that email! You have no idea how much that means to me.

    I have been searching for this kind of thing to add to my file.
    Would you be kind enough to send me an email? I need your permission to use this document from NB. My email addy is over at petfoodlist.com. I’m registered as Ziggy.

    If anyone else has an email from NB where blatant lies are told, please, please send me an email. Thank you

    Also, I need someone’s screen cap from NB web page (before they took it off) claim of all USA ingredients except Venison.

    Annie


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