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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Did you know that rejected pet food gets fed to hogs?

So now look what has happened

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The Food and Drug Administration has opened a criminal investigation in the widening pet food contamination scandal, officials said yesterday, as it was confirmed that tainted pork might have made its way onto human dinner plates in California.

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Diamond Pet Foods of California has an exclusive contract with American Hog Farm to sell pet food that spilled onto the floor during production or spilled from split bags during shipping, making it unsuitable for sale. Those shipments included Natural Balance pet food that later tested positive for melamine.
source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...042002016.html

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WASHINGTON — Hogs fed pet food rejected as unsuitable for sale ended up eating a product laced with an industrial chemical, federal authorities said yesterday, expanding a food safety investigation that had been primarily focused on cats and dogs.

It remains unclear, however, whether products made from the hogs will be considered safe for human consumption
source: http://www.boston.com/business/globe...d_fed_to_hogs/
post #2 of 17
Did you post this in the recall thread???

I knew it would but luckily I cant eat pork but watch out folks
post #3 of 17
I've been following that story. I can't say I'm surprised that nothing is allowed to "go to waste". I just finished reading this book about the pet food industry: http://www.amazon.com/Protect-Your-P...7267201&sr=8-1 , and a German one on the same subject http://cgi.ebay.de/Katzen-wuerden-Ma...QQcmdZViewItem

It appears that a lot of what is in our pet food/animal feed is actually waste.
post #4 of 17
What goes to hog feed, fines, is not supposed to be bad food. Someone's not doing their job properly.

Local plant, foods that are out of spec are fined, when it's too much to handle its shipped out for hog feed. Fines include batches made with the wrong protein amount, moisture, size, shape, color.
Spoiled or contaminated foods are trash.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Did you post this in the recall thread???
No I did not. It is kind of a toss-up whether it is pet-related or off-topic (and potentially a source of heated discussion). Since it pertains to possible contamination of human food I posted it here. If you think it should be in another forum by all means move it.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by 2dogmom View Post
No I did not. It is kind of a toss-up whether it is pet-related or off-topic (and potentially a source of heated discussion). Since it pertains to possible contamination of human food I posted it here. If you think it should be in another forum by all means move it.
Links have already been provided in the Health & Nutrition forum, so I think this topic can remain here.

I'm sure some Bush Administration supporters are going to object, but I find it really appalling that billions are being spent to wage war in Iraq in the name of "homeland security", although the country didn't present a direct threat to the U.S., except in Cheney's imagination, and the FDA has been left understaffed and underfunded.
post #7 of 17
I'm getting about sick of all this food recall! I wish they could just fix the problem and get on with it!
post #8 of 17
On NPR this morning it was said that melanine boosts the protein content in the food its added to??
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
On NPR this morning it was said that melanine boosts the protein content in the food its added to??
Fake boost, when initially tested it looks like nitrogen.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Nitrogen is what they test for. They assume that any nitrogen in there is related to the protein content. Sorry, I had not posted that article

"ChemNutra, which imported the wheat gluten linked to last month's massive pet-food recall, says it is concerned its Chinese supplier spiked the product.

In a letter on ChemNutra's website, Chief Executive Steve Miller said, "We are concerned that we may have been the victim of deliberate and mercenary contamination for the purpose of making the wheat gluten we purchased appear to have a higher protein content than it did."

Melamine is "simply not a chemical even on the radar screen for food ingredient suppliers," he wrote.

But it does have a lot of nitrogen in it, says Ron Madl, director of Kansas State University's Bioprocessing and Industrial Value Added program. The most common way to test protein levels in the grain industry is to test for nitrogen, a major component of protein."

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/2007-04-19-pet-food-usat_N.htm[/url]
post #11 of 17
Well...i have to say i'm glad i don't eat much pork This is rediculious! Poor hogs!
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
Links have already been provided in the Health & Nutrition forum, so I think this topic can remain here.

I'm sure some Bush Administration supporters are going to object, but I find it really appalling that billions are being spent to wage war in Iraq in the name of "homeland security", although the country didn't present a direct threat to the U.S., except in Cheney's imagination, and the FDA has been left understaffed and underfunded.
That's the way it is, in the Bush Administration. He doesn't have to worry about it, because if he wants pork, he probably butchers his OWN pigs, that he has made sure weren't fed the same food as everyone else's pigs were fed.
post #13 of 17
Oh good grief, I knew, somehow, this would be Bush's fault too.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Oh good grief, I knew, somehow, this would be Bush's fault too.
It is the government's fault, no matter who is in office, because there quite simply hasn't been enough oversight of a multi-billion-dollar industry. There are quite simply not enough FDA/customs inspectors. Self-regulation just doesn't cut it, and our pets are paying the price. And it's not just the U.S. or Canada - there have been no official announcements about the recalls from the EU, which is a disgrace, as several of the recalled brands/lots are still being sold here.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Oh good grief, I knew, somehow, this would be Bush's fault too.
Me too!!! I wonder if Bush is responsible for my chocolate addiction too
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Me too!!! I wonder if Bush is responsible for my chocolate addiction too
Bush is responsible for all the bad things in the world. If something bad happens, you don't have to look too far to find the source. (By the way, I'm just kidding, here.)

However, I do agree with JCat about how the money is being spent to fund this War in Iraq, when we NEED the money to support things that are REALLY needed here on the home front.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker View Post
Bush is responsible for all the bad things in the world. If something bad happens, you don't have to look too far to find the source. (By the way, I'm just kidding, here.)

However, I do agree with JCat about how the money is being spent to fund this War in Iraq, when we NEED the money to support things that are REALLY needed here on the home front.
hehe i love you hope you crack me up!!! I'm going to send Mr. Bush a letter and blame him for my butt getting big! (hehe j/k i need an excuse!) (i definitely respect your view too even though it's a bit different from mine)
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