Tainted Pet Food

Some of the food from Menu Foods were being recalled because they contained poisonous gluten from China. Recently, Natural Balance is in hot soup too. Royal Canin USA also announces the Voluntary Nationwide Recall of its Dry Pet Food Products Containing Rice Protein Concentrate.

Although I’m not staying in the US, it’s better to know than eating food blur blur. This is from FDA:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating an imported
shipment of rice protein concentrate which has been found to contain
melamine. The rice protein concentrate may have been used as an
ingredient in some pet foods. FDA’s investigation of the rice protein is
being carried out by specialists in FDA headquarters and in eight FDA
district offices. Thus far, the following has been established:

* The suspect shipment of rice protein concentrate was imported
and offloaded during the week of April 2, 2007 by Wilbur-Ellis, an
importer and distributor of agricultural products, including rice
protein concentrate, with headquarters in San Francisco, CA. The source
of the product is identified as Binzhou Futian Biological Technology in
China.
* The shipment consisted primarily of rice protein concentrate in
white bags, but also included one pink bag that was labeled, in part,
with the word “melamine.”
* On April 15, Wilbur-Ellis notified FDA’s Center for Veterinary
Medicine about the suspect shipment. On April 16, FDA launched a
nationwide investigation tracing eight import entries identified as
being shipped from the Chinese firm since July 2006. FDA testing
revealed melamine in both the white and pink bags.
* Wilbur-Ellis has initiated a recall of all suspect rice protein
concentrate it had imported and distributed; see
http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/wilburellis04_07.html.

FDA investigators have obtained records showing distribution to five pet
food manufacturers in seven locations. Investigators are currently
inspecting all five manufacturers and collecting additional samples, as
appropriate.

* FDA initiated inspections at Royal Canin USA and C.J. Foods and,
as a result, both companies have voluntarily recalled certain products;
see http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/royalcanin04_07.html and
http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/bluebuffalo04_07.html.
* FDA also has confirmed the presence of melamine in finished pet
food products containing rice protein concentrate. Those products, and
others within the same product line, are currently under recall by
Natural Balance Pet Foods and are labeled as: Venison and Brown Rice
canned and bagged dog foods; Venison and Brown Rice dog treats; and
Venison and Green Pea dry cat food; see
http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/naturalbalance04_07.html.

If FDA’s investigation determines that additional pet food products have
been manufactured from the suspect rice protein concentrate, FDA will
expect manufacturers to initiate voluntary actions to remove these
products from the marketplace. FDA will continue to communicate its
findings promptly.

FDA continues to work comprehensively to protect the nation’s pet food
as well as to conduct a full investigation to determine any impact on
the human food supply. The agency is now sampling all rice protein
concentrate from China and continues to sample all wheat gluten imported
from China, and it is ready to increase its surveillance of other
products, if necessary.

To search for the latest list of recalled products, which will be
updated when new information is received, please see:
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/petfoodrecall/.

FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts Page

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