Melamine – now in Pigs

The pet food recall gets scarier. The FDA does not have this issue under control. It is not a conspiracy to hide anything, it’s just the pace at which the FDA operates, and its lack of mandate to really regulate animal feed.

Pet Foods May Have Been Intentionally Poisoned

The FDA and Agriculture Department also were investigating whether some pet food made by one of the five companies supplied by Wilbur-Ellis was diverted for use as hog feed after it was found unsuitable for pet consumption.

“We understand it did make it into some hog feed and we are following up on that as well,” Sundlof said.

Later Thursday, California officials said they believe the melamine at the quarantined hog farm came from rice protein concentrate imported from China by Diamond Pet Food’s Lathrop facility, which produces products under the Natural Balance brand and sold salvage pet food to the farm for pig feed.

“Although all animals appear healthy, we are taking this action out of an abundance of caution,” State Veterinarian Richard Breitmeyer said in a statement. “It is unknown if the chemical will be detected in meat.”

Officials are investigating American Hog Farm’s sales records to determine who may be affected by the quarantine, said Steve Lyle, a spokesman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The 1,500-animal farm operates as a “custom slaughterhouse,” which means it generally does not supply meat to commercial outlets.

“Mostly it is not so-called mainstream pork. This is an operation that sells to folks who come in and want a whole pig,” said Lyle said.

Officials urged those who purchased pigs from American Hog Farm since April 3 to not consume the

Well, the issue is not the safety of the melamine contaminated pork, the risk to humans is possibly low. The problem is that these ingredients are out of control, and unaccounted for, and being diverted to places they should not be. The systemic flaws are many, and I hope the FDA will issue some new guidelines to tighten up animal feed standards.

Another tidbit:

FDA officials would not release the names of the other two manufacturers that Wilbur-Ellis supplied, citing its ongoing investigation

Is it just me, or does this always happen on a Friday???

5 comments for “Melamine – now in Pigs

  1. April 25, 2007 at 4:40 am

    We really need to stop buying food products from China and any other country which has a government with such low reguard for human life, much less for animal life. Their own people are periodically poisoned by such episodes, but their government does not care! There are plenty more!
    We need to stop dealing with them in food items. I would much rather pay more and get my food products from American sources. In the meantime I intend to cook ALL of my food from scratch. At least I will know what is in it. Pork will be out for a while. If my food bill goes up too much I will simply eat less and start growing some of my own!

  2. April 25, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Mona:

    See http://oliveridley.wordpress.com/2007/04/25/china-food-quality-questioned/

    China has some issues. You have to remember that its incredible growth comes at a price. Food safety, pollution controls, worker safety, etc. catch up with unchecked industrial development, but it takes years, even decades. China is where the U.S was 50 years back with development. It will take a little while. The FDA and the US government needed to be much more proactive in reacting to the globalization of food, but they have missed the bus.

  3. Julia N. Parker
    April 8, 2008 at 7:22 am

    I completely agree with what Mona has to say. At what price do we continue to allow food and other harmful products from China to keep coming into our households. The consequences have already proven deadly for some and for others it’s left them permanently damaged health-wise. Wake up America! It’s time to take charge of our own health and the safety of our children. How many chances are you willing to give China to get it right? If the tables were turned, do you actually think another country with health values as high as ours would continue to give China so many chances? I think not.

  4. February 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    great info u rock :]