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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Melamine and Melamine-Related Compounds...

As time goes on the FDA continues to release information multiple times each week concerning the pet food recall.

We now have the USDA, FSIS (USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service), and the FDA all working on this huge problem. This catastrophic event could run into 100's of millions of dollars.

Especially since contaminated foodstuffs were fed to hogs by pork producers. These were hogs destined for human consumption and have now been quarantined. Not only that, it seems that hog producers will be compensated by the federal government for "depopulation". I felt that this was an interesting statement as well (bold is my emphasis):

The contaminants in question include melamine and melamine-related compounds, including cyanuric acid, the combination of which is a potential source of concern in relation to human and animal health. Scientific research indicates that melamine alone, at detected levels, is not a human health concern. However, no scientific data exist to ascertain the effects of combining melamine and melamine-related compounds. Therefore, a determination has not yet been made regarding the safety of the product.


As scientists continue to scour the samples and try to identify every possible source of contamination, it's quite possible that they will continue to find more substances in our foods that aren't supposed to be there.

It appears that nearly every major pet food manufacturer has been affected since new recalls continue to be announced. This past week alone gave us these announcements:

*Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. Recalls Products in Response to American Nutrition Inc. Pet Food Recall (April 27, 2007)

*American Nutrition, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall (April 26, 2007)

*Blue Buffalo Recalls Can and Biscuit Products Due To Tampering By American Nutrition Inc. (April 26, 2007)

*Diamond Pet Food Withdraws Products in Response to American Nutrition Inc. Pet Food Recall (April 26, 2007)

*Chenango Valley Pet Foods Issues Voluntarily Nationwide Recall of Certain Pet Foods (April 26, 2007)

You can go to the FDA Pet Food Recall page to keep up to date on the changing events.

Now that there are hundreds of pet food labels that have been affected, the FDA has also developed a searchable web page where you can search for your particular pet food in their database. I think that this is probably one of the best things that the FDA could have done as far as getting accurate and reliable information to the public.

All of this information should set aside any deragatory comments or ill-feelings towards Menu Foods Income Fund. Especially those comments about the company purposefully putting poison in the pet foods. Which I personally felt was an absurd and ludicrous thought.

Of course, there are people still wanting to find someone that they can sue over all of this. And a quick search pops up all kinds of lawyers who are just waiting for a phone call or an e-mail.

Nonetheless, I would like to point out how small bits and pieces of information are filtered down to us, the general public. And I would like to draw attention to the fact that we still don't really have a lot of answers concerning this crisis. The pet food companies are limited on the outflow of information to their consumers as well.

Of course, this all makes me begin to wonder why. It could be that there is a government gag order on all of this until all the information has been gathered. It is also possible that there are some major diplomatic problems going on with China. You did hear about the tainted corn gluten in Africa that came from China right?

And that it appears that the addition of melamin to these products appears to be intentional?

So all of this has become quite an international incident. It will be quite interesting to find out what will become of all of this.

If we get to hear about it that is.

As a side note, it seems that there is a new "advertising" website that has been set up to possibly generate some income from all of this. I presume that it is for the purpose of making money as it has several advertisers on it.

How did I find out about it?

Well, it seems that this website has placed a link to one of my posts on their page.

It has this picture:

With the words "Read a Blog and enjoy a Hamburger - DogsCatsKidsLife which is linked back to this post.

*scratches chin*

So this led me to check on my Google Adsense account. You know, to see if my blog has profited from all of this. I haven't checked it in six months or more. Mostly because you don't get a check until your account reaches $100. And I figured that would be somewhere around 2018 at about .01 cent a click.

Of course, it's hard to tell if any of the clicks are directly related to the pet food recall posts. However, it does appear that I have made about .22 cents since it all began.

Maybe I should see if I can get into law school after I graduate.


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