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Re: Kitten Dry Food>scheduling

I think we need to ban agricultural products from China...don't know how we
can depend on their safety.

Bonnie Zone 7/7 ETN
Remember:  The River Raisin, The Alamo, The Maine, Pearl Harbor, 9/11

> [Original Message]
> From: Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 4/20/2007 9:06:37 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Kitten Dry Food>scheduling
> Kitty,
> I try to keep up, but this came from an animal rescue friend a few
> ago. She's concerned that the AVMA website is updating faster than the
> and of course the "green" groups and animal rescue are ahead of both.
> is the latest.
> ----------------------------------------------------------
> -
> Thursday, April 19, 2007 (AP)
> FDA Asks if Pet Food Tainted on Purpose
> By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer
> (04-19) 14:50 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) --
> Imported ingredients used in recalled pet food may have been
> intentionally spiked with an industrial chemical to boost their
> apparent protein content, federal officials said Thursday.
> That's one theory being pursued by the Food and Drug
> Administration as it investigates how the chemical, melamine,
> contaminated at least two ingredients used to make more than 100
> brands of dog and cat foods.
> So far, melamine's been found in both wheat gluten and rice
> protein concentrate imported from China. Media reports from South
> Africa suggest a third pet food ingredient, corn gluten, used in
> that country also was contaminated with melamine. That tainted
> ingredient has not been found in the United States, the FDA said.
> FDA investigators, meanwhile, are awaiting visas that would allow
> them to visit the Chinese plants where the vegetable protein
> ingredients were produced.
> "Melamine was found in all three of those &#8212; it would
> certainly lend credibility to the theory that it may be intentional.
> That will be one of the theories we will pursue when we get into the
> plants in China," Stephen Sundlof, the FDA's chief veterinarian,
> told reporters.
> Chinese authorities have told the FDA that the wheat gluten was
> an industrial product not meant for pet food, Sundlof said. Still,
> melamine can skew test results to make a product appear more protein-
> rich than it really is, he added. That raises the possibility the
> contamination was deliberate.
> "What we expect to do with our inspections in China will answer
> some of those questions," said Michael Rogers, director of the
> division of field investigations within the FDA's office of
> regulatory affairs.
> Wilbur-Ellis Co., the U.S. importer of the tainted rice protein,
> said Thursday it was recalling all the ingredient it had distributed
> to five U.S. pet food manufacturers. The San Francisco company in
> turn urged its customers to recall any products that may be on store
> shelves.
> So far, just two of those companies have done so: Natural Balance
> Pet Foods and Blue Buffalo Co.
> Natural Balance, of Pacoima, Calif., announced a limited recall
> Monday of its Venison and Brown Rice canned and bagged dog foods,
> Venison and Brown Rice dog treats and Venison and Green Pea dry cat
> food.
> Blue Buffalo, of Wilton, Conn., followed Thursday by recalling
> 5,044 bags of its Spa Select Kitten dry food. The company
> intercepted most of the kitten food before it reached distribution
> centers, company co-founder Billy Bishop said.
> FDA officials would not release the names of the other two
> manufacturers that Wilbur-Ellis supplied, citing its ongoing
> investigation.
> The FDA and Agriculture Department also were investigating
> whether some pet food made by one of the five companies supplied by
> Wilbur-Ellis was diverted for use as hog feed after it was found
> unsuitable for pet consumption.
> "We understand it did make it into some hog feed and we are
> following up on that as well," Sundlof said.
> The FDA could not provide updated numbers of pet deaths or
> injuries due to the contaminated pet food. The agency has received
> more than 15,000 calls since the first recall was announced more
> than a month ago.
> ___
> On the Net:
> Food and Drug Administration pet food recall info:
> www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html ---------------------
> -------------------------------------------------
> Copyright 2007 AP
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Friday, April 20, 2007 8:29 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Kitten Dry Food>scheduling
> > Thank you Daryl.  It is difficult to knowif we've seen all the updates
> > every time I see one from you I feel more confident that I'm as aware
as I 
> > can possibly be.  I haven't changed my regular cat food mix and none of 
> > the 3 boys have gotten ill so I feel pretty much ok sticking with it.
> >
> > Slugger, on the other hand, has been switched to eating pure gold.  At
> > for a 4 pound bag, I can't afford to feed it to all 4 cats.  The vet 
> > thinks he has a food allergy and says he has to eat this and nothing
> > for 2 months so we can figure out what the problem is.  This is very 
> > difficult as he liked it at first but now is rejecting it and trying to 
> > get the other food.  Meanwhile, Jack always wants what he's not allowed
> > have and if he gets hold of the $ food, he gobbles it fast and throws
> > up.  I have to keep an eagle on on them at feeding times.
> >
> > So, how often do you feed cats? Once a day? Twice?  I've always just
> > food out for them.
> >
> > Kitty
> > neIN, Zone 5
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Friday, April 20, 2007 1:43 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fw: Blue Buffalo Company - Kitten Dry Food
> >
> >
> >> I'm cooking what I can for Buddy (mostly rice and chicken, and noodles 
> >> and beef) , and Dreyfuss is getting some old Pro-plan mixed with meat 
> >> juice and rice. Dreyfuss had quit eating it several months ago
> >> the pouch stuff that I was feeding Buddy), so I'm hoping its safe. I'm 
> >> also hoping that the Friskies Dry cat food remains ok. The dogs and
> >> cat both eat a lot of the cat food.
> >>
> >> I'm kind of afraid to make cat food, since they need practically
> >> nutrition. Sometimes I wish I'd let him remain an outdoor kitty. I'm
> >> he'd be nice and full of mice and birds and not need much 
> >> supplementation. But then, I'd be mad at him for eating "my" birds, or 
> >> he'd have been eaten by a hawk. :-(  Between a rock and a hard place.
> >>
> >> I wonder how many more pets were poisoned because people like me
> >> buying wheat gluten products and the rice contamination wasn't known?
> >> how many bought "small"  brands like the Blue Buffalo stuff or the 
> >> Venison products. Who'd think that anything that sounded that healthy 
> >> could be that bad?
> >>
> >> d
> >>
> >>
> >> ----- Original Message ----- 
> >> From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> Sent: Friday, April 20, 2007 1:16 PM
> >> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fw: Blue Buffalo Company - Kitten Dry Food
> >>
> >>
> >>> Thank you for all the updates... although I wish there werent any to 
> >>> give.
> >>>
> >>> Not sure just what to feed my animals anymore...
> >>>
> >>> Donna
> >>
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