Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Kinda Like the Energizer Bunny. . .

The pet food recall. . . if I can still call it that, since it has gone so much further. . . just keeps going and going and going. . .

More recalls announced by Menu:

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(May 2, 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. Menu Foods is now expanding the recall to include cuts and gravy and select other products which do not include ChemNutra wheat gluten but which were manufactured at any of Menu Foods’ plants during the period that ChemNutra wheat gluten was used at that plant, to the extent they have not already been subject to a recall, due to the possibility of cross-contamination. Menu Foods has received a report from a customer and has received study results, both of which indicate cross-contamination

Gaaaah! This is exactly why I have had about 15 cans of food that have been sitting untouched since the recalls started. No, this is not a brand that has had any recalls, but the canned food was manufactured at Menu Foods. Having worked as a microbiologist and in facilities that manufactured both human and pet drugs, I am very familiar with issues of cross-contamination, and this is exactly what I was afraid of with the cans of food sitting in my extra bedroom.

Other recall related fun from this week - the FDA has placed an import hold on the following products from China: Wheat Gluten, Rice Gluten, Rice Protein, Rice Protein Concentrate, Corn Gluten, Corn Gluten Meal, Corn By-Products, Soy Protein, Soy Gluten, Proteins (includes amino acids and protein hydrosylates), Mung Bean Protein.

The FDA has reported 2.5 to3 million chickens (as well as several hundred hogs) that were fed melamine contaminated feed have entered the food chain. . . but they 'think' that the risk to humans is 'minimal'. But all swine and chickens that have not yet entered the food chain will be detained and slaughtered, i.e. the hogs and chicken that we haven't eaten are not fit for human consumption, but the ones that we already have eaten are 'probably' ok.

The FDA has finally stopped the 17-18 pet death BS and are now reporting over 4,000 pet deaths and around 17,000 calls to the FDA regarding recall related pet illness/death.

Somebody pinch me, please!! I soooo wanted to have a positive post this evening, but after I saw that there were additional recalls. . . What can I say? Is there light at the end of the tunnel, or is it just an approaching train?

Holly and Mikey say 'Grrrrrrrrr'.
Mikey glamor shot.

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