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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18279643/wid/11915773?GT1=9303


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A second company likely imported rice protein from China that was contaminated with a chemical linked to a major pet food recall, two U.S. senators said on Monday.

Rice protein tainted with the chemical melamine was used in pet foods from at least five manufacturers who obtained the protein from one supplier, U.S. officials have said. It also made its way into feed used at a California hog farm.

Now, another company is suspected of importing rice protein from China, Democratic Sens. Richard Durbin of Illinois and Maria Cantwell of Washington said in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

We have learned that in addition to Wilbur-Ellis, a second United States company imported a shipment of rice protein from China that is also likely to be contaminated with melamine,” the senators wrote. “We request the FDA identify this second importer as well as those manufacturers to which it may have sold the contaminated product.”

An aide to Durbin said the senators found out about the second importer from industry sources.

If confirmed, that could further expand a pet food recall that so far includes more than 100 brands. FDA officials have confirmed 16 deaths of cats and dogs from kidney failure and have received more than 15,000 reports of illnesses.

The senators’ letter came ahead of a congressional hearing on Tuesday to examine the pet food scare as well as the larger issue of human food safety before a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

FDA spokeswoman Cathy McDermott said so far the agency is only aware of one rice protein importer, Wilbur-Ellis Co., but the investigation is ongoing.


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The agency has said the rice protein was supplied by China-based Binzhou Futian Biology Technology Co. Ltd. but the company has denied involvement.

Last week, privately held Wilbur-Ellis said contaminated rice protein was distributed to several pet food makers. Three of them — Natural Balance Pet Foods, the Blue Buffalo Co. and Diamond Pet Foods — have pulled some of their products.

Wilbur-Ellis and the FDA declined to name the other two makers. Durbin and Cantwell called on the agency to make those two companies publicly known.

Melamine, used in plastics and fertilizer, was earlier found in wheat gluten used in pet foods. Menu Foods, Procter & Gamble Co., Colgate-Palmolive Co., Nestle SA and Del Monte Foods Co. have all recalled pet products made with the gluten.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.
 

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Ah crap. :(
 

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jzgrlduff said:
My sentiments exactly! :mad:

Here's a good website that keeps all the latest updates/press releases/info on the recalls:

http://www.itchmo.com/


Also, for those of you who use Nutro, the CEO has another message up on their website:

April 23, 2007

Dear Nutro Customers,

We know many of you have questions about the FDA's latest reports that melamine was found in rice protein concentrate (also referred to as rice gluten). We want to address those concerns as well as provide you with information on our use of corn gluten, which we include in some of our pet foods as an ingredient in the form of corn gluten meal.

Our customers have also brought to our attention confusion that has been caused by the media in reporting the new recall of some Natural Balance pet foods. Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. is not in any way affiliated with Nutro Products nor Nutro's Natural Choice®, MAX® or Ultra™ brands.

I hope the following information is helpful in clearing up any confusion you may have.

Regarding Rice Protein Concentrate:

(1) Nutro uses rice protein concentrate in some of its products because it provides an important source of protein for pets, especially for those with digestive sensitivities and allergies.

(2) Independent laboratory tests have confirmed that the rice protein concentrate (also known as rice gluten) used in Nutro's pet foods does not contain melamine.

(3) It has been reported that the Natural Balance recall is focused on products containing rice protein concentrate provided by Wilbur-Ellis Company. Nutro has NEVER purchased or used rice protein concentrate from Wilbur-Ellis Company in any of our pet foods.

Regarding Corn Gluten:

(1) Nutro uses corn gluten meal in some of its pet foods because it is a source of sulfur amino acids, which are important for skin and coat health. Corn gluten meal also helps as a natural urine acidifier that is important for both cats and dogs.

(2) All of the corn gluten meal that Nutro uses in its products is produced in the United States.

Nutro customers may check Nutro's website (www.nutroproducts.com) or contact our Consumer Hotline -- (800) 833-5330 -- for further information about our products. We will continue to post updated information on our website and our customer service representatives are working diligently to respond to each and every call and email personally.

We understand that the pet food recall has caused continued confusion and frustration and we are doing everything we can to provide you with the information you need about our products. We will continue to keep you updated.
 

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This is crap!! I keep checking the site every day for more recalls. I am watching the corn gluten because it is in the ProPlan Chicken & Rice that I feed my girls. I just worry about the slowness to recall tainted products. When I called Purina (3 times) I was told their products are safe but I still worry.

I hope they make it illegal to imported this crap from China!! :mad:
 

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Here is another good site...not just for the recall info but for lots of goodies.

http://www.avma.org/

It's the American Veterinary medicine site. Lots of good stuff and they also update immediately on the recall situation.
 
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I emailed Natura and asked about California Natural, thinking I might switch to them because of their USDA/Aphis/human grade food ingredients. They get all their rice in the U.S.

I'm really getting tired of trying to keep up with all of this too.
 

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This is on purinas website:

Recall FAQs
Updated FAQs – April 23, 2007

Does Purina use corn gluten meal from China?

No. Corn gluten meal used in Purina brand products comes from North American corn, with the vast majority being U.S. grown.

What is corn gluten meal?

Corn gluten meal is not whole corn, but the protein portion of the corn kernel that remains when the starch, bran and germ are removed.

Why is corn gluten meal used in pet food?

Corn gluten meal is a concentrated source of highly digestible essential amino acids, such as methionine. It is also a source of vitamins and minerals, all of which are important to overall pet health.


FAQs – April 19, 2007

Do you use rice protein concentrate in any of your products?

No. Nestlé Purina PetCare Company does not use rice protein concentrate in any of its U.S. or Canadian pet food products.

Do you source any other ingredients from the Chinese supplier of the rice protein concentrate in question?

No.

Where do you source rice used in Purina brand pet foods?

All rice used in Purina brand pet foods is sourced from North America.
 

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Nestlé Purina PetCare Company just opened up a dog food factory in China at the start of Feb 2007, so they should say that they don't use any of those ingredients in North American food. I assume that the dog food plant in China is for China and surrounding countries.

Kelly and Amber
 

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This gets more confusing by the day. I just bought a new bag of food but I use IAMS and it has neither ingredient.

I keep wondering when this will all get resolved...
 

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myfavoritedog said:
This gets more confusing by the day. I just bought a new bag of food but I use IAMS and it has neither ingredient.

I keep wondering when this will all get resolved...
I feed Iams as well but my vet said I should switch to something better for Bandit's skin bc he has dandruff, so I bought a 40lb bag of PP SS&S and I fed it once but now there is all this talk about Purina being contaminated. and I know they wont let me return it.
 

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They should let you return it.
Did you call and ask?
It is not a loss to them but a loss to the product producer. The store will get their money back from the food producer.

I took some cans back to Petsmart (Science Diet Cat recall) that were not on the SD Savory Cuts recall list. They took them anyway and put them in with the recalled food bin. They just said 'do you know this is not on the recall list?'. I said 'yes but I wanted to return it anyway'. That was that.

This just all really stinks because now my cat is on Purina Fancy Feast. It is one of the few she will eat (you know cats- she is SO finicky) besides the SD Savory Cuts. Fancy Feast is full of "junk". Her litter box shows it. But what else can you do?
I tossed her Delmonte recalled Pounce treats as well. Even though they were not in the specific recalled dates I did not trust it.

How will we know what we can feed our dogs and cats safely?
Everytime I look at the computer news there is something else recalled. Scary.

I am feeding my Innova LBP until I hear otherwise. They say on their web site it is not recalled.
 

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Chrissy said:
They should let you return it.
Did you call and ask?
It is not a loss to them but a loss to the product producer. The store will get their money back from the food producer.

I took some cans back to Petsmart (Science Diet Cat recall) that were not on the SD Savory Cuts recall list. They took them anyway and put them in with the recalled food bin. They just said 'do you know this is not on the recall list?'. I said 'yes but I wanted to return it anyway'. That was that.

This just all really stinks because now my cat is on Purina Fancy Feast. It is one of the few she will eat (you know cats- she is SO finicky) besides the SD Savory Cuts. Fancy Feast is full of "junk". Her litter box shows it. But what else can you do?
I tossed her Delmonte recalled Pounce treats as well. Even though they were not in the specific recalled dates I did not trust it.

How will we know what we can feed our dogs and cats safely?
Everytime I look at the computer news there is something else recalled. Scary.

I am feeding my Innova LBP until I hear otherwise. They say on their web site it is not recalled.
But I already opened the bag, will they let me return it opened?
 

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For folks asking what to do to be safe with all the recalls and uncertainty, in my opinion the best thing to do is switch to GRAIN FREE foods. Then you'll know for sure!
 

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loriwolfelabluv said:
For folks asking what to do to be safe with all the recalls and uncertainty, in my opinion the best thing to do is switch to GRAIN FREE foods. Then you'll know for sure!
Like WHAT??
 

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CrockettsMom said:
loriwolfelabluv said:
For folks asking what to do to be safe with all the recalls and uncertainty, in my opinion the best thing to do is switch to GRAIN FREE foods. Then you'll know for sure!
Like WHAT??
Innova should be ok
 
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