by Robert Jay Russell, Ph.D., Coton de Tulear Club of America President
April 24th, 2007. In a Coton e-ZINE article published here March 23rd
"[NEWS] Poisoned Pet Foods will Poison Dump Sites," I predicted that
wildlife and stray pets would be poisoned when the recalled poisoned pets
foods were dumped in landfills across the U.S. I was wrong. The poisoned
pet food was fed to animals destined for the human food supply instead.
Who could foresee that the dump sites for the poisoned pet food would be
your child's breakfast ham and eggs!
At least ten of the pet food manufacturers recalled their melanine-laced,
toxic pet foods, then resold them to farmers who raise human foods -- hogs
The FDA made no effort to keep track of the recalled cans and bags of
poisoned pet food and stood aside as the pet food manufacturers resold the
poisoned food to recoup profits...
Tainted Pet Food Found in Hogs in Several States
http://www.forbes. com/forbeslife/ health/feeds/ hscout/2007/ 04/24/hscout6040 07.html
04.24.07, 12:00 AM ET
TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Contaminated pet food, the focus of
a massive nationwide recall last month, has been fed to hogs in at least
five states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.
Ten pet food manufacturers sent unusable dog and cat food containing the
toxic chemical melamine to hog producers in California, New York, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and possibly Ohio, FDA officials announced
during a late afternoon press conference. Contaminated pet food was also
sent to one chicken farm in Missouri, the officials added.
"Hogs that have been fed salvage pet food in North Carolina, South
Carolina and California were tested, and levels of melamine were detected
in their urine," Dr. Stephen F. Sundlof, FDA's director of the Center for
Veterinary Medicine, told reporters at the teleconference.
Whether any of the contaminated meat has entered the U.S. food supply
isn't known, Sundlof added. But all the hogs at the farms have been
quarantined, he said.
In addition, he said, the FDA has begun to test several types of imported
protein supplements used both in human and pet food for the presence of
melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers.
The imported melamine found in dog and cat food was apparently used to
boost the protein content of the foods, and has sickened and killed an
unknown number of animals.
"The FDA will begin testing a variety of protein ingredients in finished
products commonly found in the U.S. food and feed supply for the presence
of melamine," Sundlof said. The agency will focus on newly imported
products as well as products already in the country, he added.
Products to be tested include wheat gluten, rice protein concentrate, corn
gluten, corn meal, soy protein and rice bran, Sundlof said. Other products
may be added to the list later.
These ingredients are used widely in human foods, Dr. David Acheson, FDA's
chief medical officer at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,
told reporters. "Things like breads, pastas, cereals, pizza dough, energy
bars and protein shakes," he added.
However, he said, "At this time there is no indication that melamine has
been added to ingredients other than those used in the pet food."
Melamine was first found in pet foods manufactured by the Canadian company
Menu Foods, which began its recall March 16 with moist dog and cat foods
made with melamine-contaminat ed wheat gluten from China.
The recall has since expanded to other pet food manufacturers and other
pet food ingredients, including the imported rice protein concentrate and
corn gluten. On Tuesday, however, Sundlof also announced that in addition
to melamine, the FDA has now found cyanuric acid in the rice protein
concentrate used for the pet food.
Like melamine, cyanuric acid is a chemical that can be used to boost the
apparent protein content of foods but is normally used as a stabilizer in
outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs.
"We are testing for that compound as well," Sundlof said.
The pet food recall has gotten the attention of the U.S. Congress, and two
senators have asked the FDA to be more forthcoming in disclosing
information about the companies involved in importing pet food
In a letter to the FDA, Democratic Senators Richard Durbin of Illinois and
Maria Cantwell of Washington state asked the agency to reveal the names of
all importers of the contaminated rice protein concentrate, which was
first recalled last week by Wilbur-Ellis Co. of San Francisco, and the
names of the companies that received the shipments.
"We have learned that in addition to Wilbur-Ellis, a second United States
company imported a shipment of rice protein from China that is also likely
to be contaminated with melamine," the senators wrote. "We request the FDA
identify this second importer as well as those manufacturers to which it
may have sold the contaminated product."
The FDA confirmed at Tuesday afternoon's teleconference that another
company also imported rice protein concentrate from the same Chinese
company as Wilbur-Ellis, but the agency continued to refused to identify
the U.S. company.
On Monday, however, China finally gave U.S. regulators permission to enter
the country to investigate whether Chinese suppliers had exported
contaminated pet food ingredients to the United States this year, The New
York Times reported.
Previously, China had barred FDA representatives from entering the country
despite evidence that the contaminant in the U.S. pet food supply came
from Chinese exporters of wheat gluten and other animal feed ingredients,
the Times said.
Meanwhile, another manufacturer, SmartPak of Plymouth, Mass., announced
that it has recalled its LiveSmart Weight Management Chicken and Brown
Rice Dog Food, which it said could contain contaminated rice protein
Dr. Russell continues:
In the Autumn of 1982 Tylenol laced with cyanide killed seven people in
Illinois. The crime was never solved, but one opportunistic extortionist
(who did not poison the medicine) was apprehended and served 13 years in
jail for trying to capitalize on the tragedy.
What do you think the sentences should be for the pet food company
executives who profited this month from the resale of known toxic food?
And what of FDA Commissioner Dr. von Eisenstadt and FDA spokesman,
veterinary chief Dr. Stephen F. Sundlof? They continue to withhold
information about the spread of the poisoned Chinese food additives in the
U.S. food supply, now confirmed in both human food and pet food. These
people all stand caught, red-handed, in a conspiracy to poison men, women,
children and pets.
Would we be more apt to prosecute these corporate and governmental
probable felons if they had Saudi names and links to Al-Qaeda? Would they
be any less or more dangerous to us, our families and our beloved pets?