The damn melamine that was killing dogs and cats is in our food supply. Does the FDA or USDA even give a sh*t? Do you trust this government to know what is going on, or rather, to tell us what is going on?
The U.S. government said on Monday 38 poultry farms in Indiana were given contaminated feed in early February containing melamine, with some of the chickens likely to have entered the food supply. The U.S. Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration said there was a “low-risk” to humans and no food recalls were expected at this time. They are uncertain how many chickens were involved, how many entered the food supply or where they went.
As American food safety regulators head to China to investigate how a chemical made from coal found its way into pet food that killed dogs and cats in the United States, workers in this heavily polluted northern city openly admit that the substance is routinely added to animal feed as a fake protein.
But wait, there’s more, including a new frightening FDA alert…FDA: No Sign of Human Illness from Hogs Exposed to Melamine.
In a joint statement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stressed, “We are not aware of any human illness that has occurred from exposure to melamine or its by-products.” They added that they have identified no illnesses in swine fed the contaminated feed.
The ongoing investigation and product reconciliation and testing have led to certain farms. USDA expects the investigation will continue to find more places where product may have been distributed.
As of April 26, sites in the following states are believed to have received and used contaminated product: California, Kansas, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Utah. As USDA confirms additional sites that have received and used contaminated product, they will provide additional updates.
USDA and FDA continue to conduct a full, comprehensive examination to protect the nation’s food supply and will provide updates as new information is confirmed. For more information, call 202-720-4623.
FDA widens Chinese import alert. Note the unprecendented scope of the investigation:
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.
…Melamine’s effects on humans, if ingested, is unclear. In fact, the chemical has not been found in earlier tests to be highly toxic, a fact that has scientists looking for second chemical agent that could be increasing its toxicity.
…An import alert of this breadth is rare. Before this new FDA action, only products from two Chinese companies that exported the melamine-tainted wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate had been detained.
Now for the products to reach U.S. foodmakers, the importers will have to prove to the FDA that they are safe. The ingredients restricted include wheat gluten, rice gluten, rice protein, rice protein concentrate, corn gluten, corn gluten meal, corn by-products, soy protein, soy gluten, mung-bean protein and amino acids.
These are used in all kinds of processed food products millions of Americans consume each day. Uncle Sam says “trust me.”
Hat tips to Rex and oddjob.