A few weeks ago a reader named Elizabeth, from Washington, D.C. sent me a link to a book review written in The Economist.
The book, by Marion Nestle, is titled Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine. It discusses the infamous pet food recall of 2007. In the incident, melamine-tainted pet food sickened and killed thousands of animals.
A main thesis of the book is that the problems that occurred in 2007 should serve as a wake-up call. If contaminants such as melamine can make their way into pet food, they can make their way into human food.
Ms. Nestle’s advice could not have been more timely. This month it surfaced that melamine-contaminated milk powder has sickened thousands of infants in China. Several have died.
And today a breaking news report revealed that melamine has been discovered in Cadbury chocolate.
At this time the extent and severity of the chocolate contamination are not known. But this incident does a great deal to prove that animal and human food safety are interlinked.