Melamine Risk, China's Secret Weapon?
Nel Liquorman, Pet Health Editor
Test firing? Melamine killed pets in 2007, killed Chinese babies in 2008. Walmart pulled melamine-contaminated eggs. Why does the media ignore USDA warnings?
In October 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent members of the
US food manufacturing industry a warning letter expressing serious concerns
that melamine contaminated foods and ingredients produced in China were
being exported to our country. Warning ignored.
At the same time, across China, Walmart pulled eggs from their shelves due
to melamine contamination. The culprit, chicken feed! Just one of many ways
to taint the world’s food supply, but there are thousands of pathways.
Notably, mainstream media failed to report widespread melamine
December 26, 2008 CNN reported on the Chinese trial for the person
responsible for the melamine in milk that killed 6 babies and sickened
290,000 people in China. But, news report did not tell us that this same
milk has been found in products exported to the USA and other countries and
quietly brought about recalls. (list below)
2009. The same melamine that was in the food that killed American pets in
2007, Chinese babies in 2008, is now in the U.S. and world food supply.
There’s no reason to assume that pet food is safe now that melamine is
showing up in food intended for the human population.
Melamine is an organic compound intended for fertilizers and plastics. We
must wonder how the FDA can possibly arrive at any allowable amount of this
deadly substance in any food product. Yet, it showed up just in time for the
holidays in cookies, cocoa mixes, candy, and other goods containing milk
products. It was in quantities high enough to warrant recalls. It is
especially frightening that the company in Vietnam which made many of the
cookie products listed below, also makes private label products, so any
brand could be affected. Their cookies tend to be Danish style
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture tested imported cookies that
triggered a recall by the Vietnam manufacturer, Wonderfarm and the Interfood
Shareholding Company located in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam says that its
melamine contamination source was ingredients from Australia but China is
the country with all the factories that produce melamine. This means
millions in sales. There is no reason to believe that Vietnam got its
melamine from anywhere but China, although it may have taken a side trip to
China operates in a global market with 22 known melamine factories. Although
deadly to humans, melamine is very profitable for the Chinese. While they
make claims of underground melamine tainting operations, melamine in
livestock feed is their open secret. Until there is a U.S. body count big
enough to cause an arrest, nothing will be done by the Chinese to stop the
Driven by greed, many US companies continue business as usual with China.
Unwarned, consumers continue to buy! Could this potentially deadly substance
permeate our food supply? What about pet food? Will there be another round
of poisons in 2009?
Unknown to most of us, on November 13, the FDA advised consumers not to
consume the following products because of possible melamine contamination:
G&J Hot Cocoa Stuffer
G&J His and Hers Hot Cocoa Set
G&J Cocoa Item 120126, sold in 2 flavors: Fr. Vanilla & Dbl Chocolate
Wonderfarm "Successful" Asst Biscuits New!
Wonderfarm "Royal Flavour" Asst Biscuits
Wonderfarm "Lovely Melody" Asst Biscuits
Wonderfarm "Daily Life" Asst Biscuits
Topaz Hazelnut Wafer Rolls w/Hazelnut Chocolate Creme Filling
Sweet Time Christmas Dressy Bear with Chocolate Bar
Fresh and Crispy Jacobina Biscuits
Koala’s March Crème filled Cookies
YILI Brand Sour
YILI Brand Pure Milk Drink
Blue Cat Flavored Drinks
White Rabbit Candies
Mr. Brown Mandehling Blend Inst Coffee (3-in-1)
Brown Arabica Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
Mr. Brown Blue
Mountain Blend Inst Coffee (3-in-1)
Mr. Brown Caramel
Macchiato Inst Coffee (3-in-1)
Mr. Brown French
Vanilla Inst Coffee (3-in-1)
Mr. Brown Mandheling
Blend Inst Coffee (2-in-1)
Mr. Brown Milk Tea (3-in-1)
Infant formula "Manufactured in China"
While our best gamble is to look for
MADE IN USA on every label, we cannot know that a cheap ingredient
from China has not been included in that product..
Product recalls due to melamine
contamination are wide spread, including in Canada, the Netherlands,
Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea , Singapore, New Zealand, South
Africa, Australia, and even in China as well. Shockingly, there are
big name brands such as Nabisco Ritz, Lipton, Nestle, and Cadbury along with
Chinese and Vietnamese companies. Be aware that the term
“Distributed by” is not the same as “manufactured by” - it allows
sellers and brand name manufacturers to conceal the country of
Best Advice: Don’t buy products that fail to list
the country where the product was made. Reputable companies in the
USA proudly want you to know that their products are made in our own
country. But sadly, others are so greedy and uncaring that risky
ingredients may still be added to any prepared foods and treats. By
avoiding goods that don’t actually state where they were made, we
can eliminate USA corporations that have off-shored the
manufacturing process, and companies that import recklessly.
Eat and drink at your own risk! Melamine is indeed a weapon of mass
destruction. It is in our food supply and the problem will
continue to grow. Only you can force your government to take action
against this problem. Even though China is heavily invested in the
U.S. economy through U.S. Treasury Bonds and the stock market, stop
spending your dollars on imported food products, and when food manufacturing
profits dive, don’t allow your government to give them a bailout.
Where are the saber rattlers when we
need them? Express your outrage! If the public is ever going to
rise up against consumer fraud, let it be the risky imported foods
and cheap ingredients from China. And, let it be now before it is
too late, and they have killed us all, including our pets!
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