This whole business reaks higher than a 1500-pig hog farm! Let’s count the ways:
–FDA officials still won’t name the remaining pet food manufacturers who got tainted Chinese food stuff
–FDA officials are hedging as to whether or not there was any criminal behavior! Let’s see, knowlingly selling POISONED food to animals who will then be food for humans isn’t criminal behavior?
— The possibility that the glutens and rice protein were knowingly spiked with melamine to make the Chinese producers more profit is way past a theory
So when does the embargo on any edible products from China start?
Thanks to the Washington Post for this article.
Criminal Probe Opened in Pet Food Scare
FDA Says Charges Possible; Tainted Pork Confirmed in Calif.
By Patricia Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 21, 2007
The Food and Drug Administration has opened a criminal investigation in the widening pet food contamination scandal, officials said yesterday, as it was confirmed that tainted pork might have made its way onto human dinner plates in California.
More than 100 hogs that ate contaminated food at a custom slaughterhouse in California’s Central Valley were sold to private individuals and to an unnamed licensed facility in Northern California during the past 2 1/2 weeks. The hogs consumed feed that contained rice protein tainted with melamine, the industrial chemical that has sickened and killed dogs and cats around the world.
Almost a dozen companies have found that they have used melamine-contaminated ingredients from China in their animal foods, either wheat gluten, corn gluten or rice protein concentrate. In the United States, more than 60 million containers of cat and dog food have been pulled from the market in the past five weeks.
People who bought pork from the American Hog Farm, a 1,500-animal facility in Ceres, Calif., between April 3 and April 18 are being advised not to eat the meat, California health officials said yesterday, although there have been no reports of illness in either people or the hogs. Authorities are tracking down all the purchasers.
“We are making the recommendation out of a preponderance of caution,” said Kevin Reilly of the California Department of Health Services. “The risk is minimal, but the investigation is very early on.”
Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said criminal charges are a possibility, but he declined to say whether there is reason to believe any individual or organization intentionally adulterated pet food.
Late Thursday, Royal Canin USA became the most recent company to recall pet foods. Some of its brands were contaminated with rice protein concentrate. Its South African subsidiary said contaminated corn gluten had been linked to the deaths of 30 pets there.
Five companies received the contaminated Chinese rice protein concentrate. Three firms have identified themselves by announcing recalls; the other two are not publicly known because the FDA will not name them until the companies say they used contaminants in their products.