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Re: Contaminated People Food?

Funny, I just wrote to somebody a couple of weeks ago how the spawning of regulatory agencies following Upton Sinclair has made people too complacent. Not only are we eating too far away from our neighborhood, but we're relying on a regulatory s ystem failing with its own greed (lobbyists instead of owners) , as well as on the greed of the industry.

And if you've read some of what I've read on what goes into pet food, you know it's about as bad as Durham's Pure Leaf Lard. Much worse than tainted vegetable protein. I haven't posted it. It's too gross.


----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2007 2:56 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Contaminated People Food?

This is really incredible. I'm glad I never cared for pork kidneys [to put it mildly]. Where's Upton Sinclair now that we need him? This is going to be one huge tale of greed and regulatory negligence once it's all figured out.

On Apr 28, 2007, at 2:05 PM, Daryl wrote:

I haven't seen anything from the FDA, but this article in the Chicago Trib
says that it has in fact happened.  In part:

" California officials have revealed that the contamination got into the food chain: About 45 state residents ate pork from hogs that consumed animal feed laced with melamine from China. Melamine is used to make plastics, but it also artificially boosts the protein level-and thus the price-of the glutens that
go into food.

It was already fatal for some pets: 17 cats and dogs are confirmed dead, more
have likely died without being reported, thousands have suffered kidney
problems, and 57 brands of cat food and 83 of dog food have been recalled. On top of that, roughly 6,000 hogs will be destroyed because they ate tainted

The effects of melamine on people are thought to be minimal, but no one really knows. Its consumption by humans is considered so improbable that no one has
even studied it."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-070428food- story,1,7734426.story?c


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