Melamine, melamine, Melamine - It's Everywhere!

@speakeasy (4215)
United States
May 15, 2007 4:40pm CST
By now just about everyone has heard of the problem with melamine in pet food. Here is a link to a site that has compiled information on all of the recalls for you; plus what to look for: http://www.itchmo.com/recalls.html?source=badge_lg Many of you have heard about it in pig feed. http://www.news10.net/display_story.aspx?storyid=26836 Some of you have heard that it was also in chicken feed. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/05/pet_food_recall40.html Now, reports show that it is also in fish food going to commercial fish "farms". http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18556690/ Some of the reports indicate that melamine has been contaminating imports since August 2006 or longer. Some of the animals eating it are able to "excrete it in their urine" others are not and they are the ones with the kidney problems. Can people excrete it in their urine? No one seems to know.
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@LittleMel (14033)
• Canada
17 May 07
This really disgusts me! How is that a country allows such a thing to be added in food. Can they really say that they don't know how dangerous it is to add a substance used in pesticides, to food? They don't think animals health are important. The govt has to do something about this. The cost of health care and medication of all these pets and who knows also people must be mounting. If they only care about politics then, the money figure should be enough to make them do something immediate
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
17 May 07
China really doesn't care what their companies do until they get too many complaints from other countries; then, they take action. The FDA has been on such a tight budget and restricted from taking action so many times since President Reagan took office that they don't even have enough inspectors to inspect the food that is being imported, let alone the ingrediants for food use. The US was not aware that another country would be so lax with their exports and it was not until FDA inspectors actually went TO China that they discovered the extent of the problem. Not being from Canada, I have no idea why they did not catch this problem either. These products were being imported to both the US and Canada.
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@LittleMel (14033)
• Canada
18 May 07
I don't really know much the regulations here myself. I have lived here more than 5 years but not until 2 yrs ago that I have a pet and really I have never heard of anything like this at all. I really wish someone will come up with an idea to stop this. I really can't think anymore and worry about my baby cat
• United States
16 May 07
It is downright scary. Now they are finding more animal food with contanimated rice protein (which is not listed on the label of ingredients the manufacturer Blue Buffalo Company said they did not know it was being put in the food. Are they going to say that about human food too?
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
16 May 07
No one really knows where the things in our food come from and there are so many of them. A lot of them aren't even necessary. Some of them have been proven harmful; but, due to politics they were declared "safe" by the FDA. Take a good look sometime at the list of ingrediants on a plain loaf of white bread; then compare that list with a recipe for white bread. There is a HUGE difference. This is true of most of our foods that we buy from the supermarket. I got started reading labels because of a food sensitivity - had to make sure what I ate wouldn't make me sick. What I discovered made me make a LOT of changes in my buying habits. I make quite a few things from "scratch" and when buying prepackaged things; I buy the item with the fewest ingrediants. We really do not need all of those chemicals and I just refuse to buy them. A lot of what is beign sold has almost no "food" in it, just a bunch of chemicals and maybe one or two "real ingrediants".