Melamine in pet food expands recall

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Melamine in pet food expands recall

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I just heard a bit on 13 ABC that they are thinking now perhaps someone actually put the contaminate into the pet food on purpose.
I didn't catch much more then that. Did anyone else hear anything like that, or more about it?

I had not heard about the alleged tampering but I have heard and read some reports commenting on the lack of inspection of items or the quality control in the Chinese market place as it relates to food stuffs.

As soon as the first recall took place I switched my dogs plus one wolf dog to the Retriever brand from The Farm and Tractor stores.

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I had assumed from day one it had to be deliberate. This isn't a naturally occurring substance in these foods. And for it to be an accident - it would be a batch, small or large, but not all batches and certainly not across multiple shipments.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

Deliberate as in; an attempt to poison and kill pets or deliberate as in some one did not clean a process well enough and cross contamination well enough.

I remember a few years ago there was concern with some tank cars that had human consumed products and industrial products, those not meant to human consumption, transported in the containers. Some of the containers were not cleaned well enough and there was cross contamination.

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Deliberate vs. occuring in nature. Or deliberate vs. accidental. Once, in one place maybe would be an accident, but not this.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

I spent 7 years as a papermaker and when I read about Melamine; "Melamine is produced from urea, mainly by either of two methods: catalyzed gas-phase production or high pressure liquid-phase production." and "Melamine is used combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a very durable thermosetting plastic, and of melamine foam, a polymeric cleaning product. The end products include countertops, fabrics, glues and flame retardants. Melamine is one of major components in Pigment Yellow 150 that is a colorant in inks and plastics."

I got to thinking. Urea is used in the paper making process. I worked at the one mill, now closed that made the Ritz Cracker paper, the wax paper and urea was used extensively, but it was in a press and applied in press and the paper was waxed and laminated and then over waxed.

I started to wonder if there is some defective in the packaging that could have contaminated the wheat gluten.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melamine

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However the original finished product packaging were cans. So it would have to be earlier in the process, bags of raw wheat, or finished wheat product. Would any of those items be in a wax lined bag or packaging of that nature.

It sounds much more plausible if you think about dry cat/dog food. Those bags have a lining of that type - the Ritz waxy paper type.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

The paper in dog food bags is a type of paper called Grease Proof. Similar also to microwave popcorn paper at least the raw material of the bags before it is aluminized.

"So it would have to be earlier in the process, bags of raw wheat, or finished wheat product."

That's what I was thinking. The wheat gluten is imported from China and some of the industries in China or poorly monitored if at all and the food imports from China are not checked in the U.S. and I am not sure if they are in Canada.

I also cannot help but think that there was cross contamination at some point in the process in China.

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If I were the FDA I would start looking at the shippers that handled the contaminated shipmentS.

China has refused to allow FDA inspectors in so I hope that the FDA has done the only reasonable thing under the circumstance and refusing to import food products of any nature from China.

But the shippers could be examined from this end also. Shipping containers are serialized and tracked by computer at the major ports. IF a shipping company is indeed shipping both melamine and wheat glutten or rice products, there would be the likely culprit for any cross contamination.

It cannot have happened at the point of assembly because too many companies production were affected. Rule that out.

It could not have been contaminated AT the end point facility, same reason - too many points were contaminated yet many were seemingly unaffected. We are looking for a point of commonality.

You could take the easiest route and look for it from the point of origination (but in this case we can't b/c China is not cooperating), or you can start from the end point and work your way back. In this case that's all that can be done till China gets their hand solidly smacked with the sharp side of the ruler. And I hope that they do.

If you rule out the manufacturing facility reversing the process, you move to a process of shipping from a larger distribution to a smaller distribution network and finally out to the pet food co's.

It really couldn't be the largest, originating point of distribution or else every single dog/cat food manufacturer that uses this stuff would have been contaminated. That would be the manufacturer in China.

The shippers would separate into loads for shipping. Probably railroad cars. Then they leave China in these smaller distribution bundles for the US.

Problem would have to be occurring there? In any case, they need to move along smartly. It's now in the human food system.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

"For years, producers of animal feed all over China have secretly supplemented their feed with the substance, called melamine, a cheap additive that looks like protein in tests, even though it does not provide any nutritional benefits, according to melamine scrap traders and agricultural workers here."

http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_5797365

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"The Food and Drug Administration is enforcing a new import alert that greatly expands its curtailment of some food ingredients imported from China, authorizing border inspectors to detain ingredients used in everything from noodles to breakfast bars." http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/2007-04-30-chinese-imports-usat...

Also these headlines (sort by the 'health' tab):

FDA says no recall of pork warranted

Feds: Tainted wheat gluten found in Ind. chicken feed

FDA: Tainted feed minor threat to humans

And finally 11 hours ago "FDA: Feed no human threat" "Almost 3 million chickens may have eaten feed containing small amounts of pet food contaminated with melamine, but the health risk to consumers is minimal, federal officials said Tuesday."

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

i read there is growing belief this was added to the food intentionally. the reason supposedly was it somehow increases the level of protein in the food. it sounded like an attempt to skew the numbers on the food's content.

i wonder how.

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