Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Just fyi to make sure word gets around.


More tainted pet food protein likely imported
Senators learned of possible second importer through industry sources
Updated: 6:15 a.m. CT April 24, 2007

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.

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.


Holly said...

The human woman is so mad about all this! She just switched us to Solid Gold "Barking at the Moon" cuz it has NO grains at all. This is just insane.

Thanks for sharing!


Suki's Mom said...

That's enough. I'll give the dogs the rest of the NB kibble that's still in the bag (that one wasn't recalled, just the venison and brown rice) but after it's gone I'm DONE!


Ruby's Mom said...

This is getting really frustrating. I'm pretty close to following Katy and Balboa's moms lead and just start cooking.

I found this online...maybe this will be helpful to everyone.



Dachsies Rule said...

This is so frustrating! Mom spends extra money to buy us good food and then there is the chance it is contaminated and is bad for us. We don't know what to do ...

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

IndyPindy said...

I know, I have this on my blog too. This is terrible. Now the FDA is going to investigate humane food for melamine contamination - chicken and pork. AARRRH!