Archive for April 19th, 2007

Apr 19 2007

Blue Buffalo Joins recall List

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Due to the melamine found in the Wilbur-Ellis rice protein, Blue Buffalo has recalled one production run of their Spa Select Kitten dry food marked “Best Used By Mar. 07 08 B.”

I asked this question about intentionallyback on the 12th of April….
Now the FDA is asking..I wonder who will get an answer?

FDA asks if pet food tainted on purpose Imported ingredients used in recalled pet food may have been intentionally spiked with an industrial chemical to boost their apparent protein content, federal officials said Thursday.

That’s one theory being pursued by the Food and Drug Administration as it investigates how the chemical, melamine, contaminated at least two ingredients used to make more than 100 brands of dog and cat foods.

So far, melamine’s been found in both wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate imported from China. Media reports from South Africa suggest a third pet food ingredient, corn gluten, used in that country also was contaminated with melamine. That tainted ingredient has not been found in the United States, the FDA said.

FDA investigators, meanwhile, are awaiting visas that would allow them to visit the Chinese plants where the vegetable protein ingredients were produced.

“Melamine was found in all three of those — it would certainly lend credibility to the theory that it may be intentional. That will be one of the theories we will pursue when we get into the plants in China,” Stephen Sundlof, the FDA’s chief veterinarian, told reporters.

Chinese authorities have told the FDA that the wheat gluten was an industrial product not meant for pet food, Sundlof said. Still, melamine can skew test results to make a product appear more protein-rich than it really is, he added. That raises the possibility the contamination was deliberate.

“What we expect to do with our inspections in China will answer some of those questions,” said Michael Rogers, director of the division of field investigations within the FDA’s office of regulatory affairs.

Wilbur-Ellis Co., the U.S. importer of the tainted rice protein, said Thursday it was recalling all the ingredient it had distributed to five U.S. pet food manufacturers. The San Francisco company in turn urged its customers to recall any products that may be on store shelves.

So far, just two of those companies have done so: Natural Balance Pet Foods and Blue Buffalo Co.

Natural Balance, of Pacoima, Calif., announced a limited recall Monday of its Venison and Brown Rice canned and bagged dog foods, Venison and Brown Rice dog treats and Venison and Green Pea dry cat food.

Blue Buffalo, of Wilton, Conn., followed Thursday by recalling 5,044 bags of its Spa Select Kitten dry food. The company intercepted most of the kitten food before it reached distribution centers, company co-founder Billy Bishop said.

FDA officials would not release the names of the other two manufacturers that Wilbur-Ellis supplied, citing its ongoing investigation.

The FDA and Agriculture Department also were investigating whether some pet food made by one of the five companies supplied by Wilbur-Ellis was diverted for use as hog feed after it was found unsuitable for pet consumption.

“We understand it did make it into some hog feed and we are following up on that as well,” Sundlof said.

The FDA could not provide updated numbers of pet deaths or injuries due to the contaminated pet food. The agency has received more than 15,000 calls since the first recall was announced more than a month ago.

As always, check the safe at the moment list.. at pet food Info, Updates and headlines, at pet connection, and
Howl911, and Itchmo seems to be quite on top of all this mess.

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Apr 19 2007

Integrity

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At some point in everyone’s life, a decision is made, to be a decent person, or a lying, conniving, piece of worthless skin jerk.
To utilize integrity is a principle that is stood upon, and the price paid, because it is the right thing to do, or abandoned because the price is to high.
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Integrity means :

1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY
2 : an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS
synonym see HONESTY

That the pet food companies have acted with less integrity, than desired is no reason that we have to be compromised.
It is not to little to demand, full and complete disclosure.

Corn Gluten is also now being implicated.

Friends, I think we are still at the tip of the ice burg.
It is incomprehensible to me, that the other 4 companies have not yet come forward…

SUPPLIER SHIPPED RICE PROTEIN TO UT, NY, KS & MO PLANTS 04/19/07

Wilbur-Ellis, the San Francisco-based distributor of the melamine-laced rice protein concentrate, states that in addition to Diamond, they shipped the RPC to four other plants, located in Utah, New York, Kansas and to two in Missouri. Here’s what Howl 911 can offer, in terms of speculation:
Utah: American Nutrition is located in Ogden, Utah and is a large contract manufacturer of pet foods. Natural Balance contracts with A.N. for production of their wet foods. A.N. also makes their own labels, which include Atta Boy, Atta Cat, Basic Plus, Vita Bone, Vita Snacks and Harmony Maintain Chunks.
Both Menu Foods and Hill’s have plants in Kansas - Menu Foods in Emporia, Kansas and Hill’s in Topeka, Kansas
Nestle Purina is based in St. Louis, Missouri; whether they also have an active manufacturing plant there, we do not know. Perhaps some of our readers who have knowledge of this will email us to let us know. Edit to add: Royal Canin USA, located in St. Charles, Missouri, is a subsidiary of the Royal Canin Group, a leading worldwide supplier of nutritional pet foods to the specialty segment. Royal Canin USA manufacturers and markets the nutritional brands Size Nutrition, Feline Nutrition, Natural Blend, Sensible Choice, Excel, and Kasco. (Thanks, Brigitte!)
New York: We do not know which plant or plants are based in New York.

HT: Howl 911
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