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The contaminated pet food story continues: hogs and poultry also got tainted food

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 at 8:32 am in Pet food.

Is the human food supply also at risk?
In today’s Boston Globe, a story by Diedtra Henderson of the Globe Staff reported, “Thousands of hogs in at least five states and poultry at a Missouri farm ate salvage pet food that had been laced with an industrial chemical, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday, opening potential avenues for the contaminant to enter the human food supply.”

In addition, the FDA is testing rice protein concentrate for a second contaminant, cyanuric acid, a chemical used as a pool cleaner that is high in nitrogen. The Globe story says the FDA’s theory is that rogue suppliers in China added melamine and other compounds to inferior protein products, artificially inflating their nitrogen content and price.

Another wire story today by Associated Press writer Andrew Bridges said it was not immediately clear if any hogs that ate the tainted feed, then entered the food supply for humans.

According to today’s AP story, “The FDA also said it planned to begin testing a wide variety of vegetable proteins at firms that imported the ingredients to make everything from pizza dough to infant formula, and protein shakes to energy bars. The ingredient list includes wheat gluten, corn gluten, corn meal, soy protein and rice bran.”

The AP story said Dr. David Acheson, chief medical officer within the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, “stressed that there was no evidence any of the other vegetable proteins had been contaminated, but that the FDA wanted to ‘get ahead of the curve’ and raise awareness among manufacturers.”

You can read the complete Boston Globe story by Diedtra Henderson at: http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/04/25/fda_more_animals_got_tainted_food/

Please excuse me, but I have to leave now. We can continue this chat tomorrow.

I have to go water my garden … and pick out a spot in my back yard to build the new chicken coop.

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