I had the same thought myself. Especially after I heard on the news today that the orphaned polar bear cub is now getting death threats. There are lot of animal extremist whack jobs out there that wouldn't hesitate to stoop to sabotage.WeHeartLabs said:How the heck does Melamine get into 3 different grain sources?
Has anyone wondered to themselves about sabotage...that someone or some organization is contaminted pet food products deliberately?
Rice has no gluten in it. Gluten is present in cereal grains - wheat, barley, oats, etc.lablover said:I found this on Eagle Pack web site and thought they explained some of this very well.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc. understands that, while the recalled pet food has found confinement, consumers might still have a lot of questions. Be assured that none of our products have been affected by the recall prompted by Menu Foods in March 2007.
Rat poison was thought to be the contaminant in the recalled pet food, but further tests proved that levels of melamine were present.
Melamine is used combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a very durable thermosetting plastic, and of melamine foam, a polymeric cleaning product. The end products include countertops, fabrics, glues and flame-retardants. Melamine is one of the major components in Pigment Yellow 150 that is a colorant in inks and plastics. Melamine is also used as a fertilizer, but is not registered for use as such in the United States.
It is important to note that the FDA is not completely certain that melamine is the cause of the illness and deaths of the pets that have consumed the recalled product. Their investigation is continuing with advanced forensics.
Xuzhosou Anying Biologic Technology Development, an agricultural products dealer based in Xuzhou, China, sold the contaminated wheat gluten meal to the Las Vegas based company, ChemNutra who then shipped the product to pet food makers in the United States and Canada.
Fortunately, there have been no records indicating that the wheat gluten meal had been shipped to U.S. human food producers. The FDA is also conducting investigations to determine whether or not the contamination was intentional. An import alert has been issued on wheat gluten from China, banning the import of the ingredient.
Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc. does not use wheat gluten as an ingredient in our pet food. Wheat gluten, although not as well known, is an alternative to soy-based meat substitutes such as tofu; some types may taste even more like meat than tofu due to their chewy or stringy texture. It is often used in place of meat in Asian, vegetarian/vegan, Buddhist, and macrobiotic cuisines.
Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc. uses ingredients supplied from U.S. based companies with few exceptions. We import Duck meal from Germany, Anchovy & Sardine meal from Mexico, and Lamb meal from Australia. We closely monitor our incoming ingredients. All meat meals are tested by NIR analysis to determine protein, fat, fiber and moisture levels. Grains, such as rice, corn and oatmeal, are tested for mycotoxins. We have good and trusting relationships with our suppliers.
Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc. is regulated by the FDA, the State of Indiana, the USDA/APHIS and AAFCO.
Recently there has been an additional concern as a result of a voluntary recall by another manufacturer. The company announced the suspected ingredient is Rice Protein Concentrate that contains Melamine. At this point, the FDA has not commented and the above has not been confirmed.
As with Wheat Gluten, we do not use Rice Protein Concentrate, or as it is also called, Rice Gluten, in any of our Eagle Pack® Super Premium or Holistic Select® Formulas.
If you have fed your pet any of the pet food recalled by other manufacturers, we urge you to take them to the veterinarian and have tests performed. Kidney failure can be a painful and deadly disease, but it is also reversible with early treatment. Many other consumers are opting to stay away from products that contain wheat gluten, as the FDA warns consumers that retailers could still have the recalled product on their shelves.
Further questions can be answered by our Customer Service department: Monday thru Friday, 8am-5pm EST. 1-800-255-5959 or 1-574-259-7834.
Visit www.fda.gov for more details on the pet food recall as they progress.