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Sunday, April 29, 2007 

Melamine "Spiking" Widespread in China

This story only gets worse. It's time we demand that we know exactly what is in our food.

From
Goldy's....the person who blew the lid on Michael "You're doing a heck of a job Brownie" Brown's job qualifications for FEMA by being involved in Arabian Horse Shows.
Through the salvaging practice, melamine-tainted pet food has likely contaminated America’s livestock for as long as it has been killing and sickening America’s pets — as far back as August of 2006, or even earlier. And while it may seem alarmist to suggest without absolute proof that Americans have been eating melamine-tainted pork, chicken and farm-raised fish for the better part of a year, the FDA and USDA seem to be preparing to brace Americans for the worst. In an unusual, Saturday afternoon joint press release, the regulators tasked with protecting the safety of our nation’s food supply go to convoluted lengths to reassure the public that eating melamine-tainted pork is perfectly safe.

And it gets worse. Tomorrow the New York Times will report from China, detailing how nitrogen-rich melamine scrap, produced from coal, is routinely ground into powder and mixed into low-grade wheat, corn, soybean or other proteins to inflate the protein analysis of animal feed:

The melamine powder has been dubbed “fake protein” and is used to deceive those who raise animals into thinking they are buying feed that provides higher nutrition value.

“It just saves money,” says a manager at an animal feed factory here. “Melamine scrap is added to animal feed to boost the protein level.”

The practice is widespread in China. For years animal feed sellers have been able to cheat buyers by blending the powder into feed with little regulatory supervision, according to interviews with melamine scrap traders and agricultural workers here.

Time to contact elected officials. Try asking your Congresscritters what two companies, other than Menu Foods, had contaminated wheat gluten. About 3 weeks ago, the FDA said that they knew of an additional two companies that they knew had contaminated gluten. However, the FDA wouldn't name the companies saying that they hoped the companies would "come forward on their own."

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This is just so disturbing!
Action taken.

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