1. Transcript from Tuesday night's chat here (with itchmo, thepetfoodlist, Gina, and Christie over on PetHobbyist.com - it was an amazing chat - thanks to the other panelists and everyone who came! (We'll do it again soon.)
Which brings me to my focus for the next little while - I'm working on a list of "Foods that have NOT been recalled but which people are reporting have caused illness/death in their pets".
I don't want to do this, and I kept wishing I didn't need to do this, but the chat on Tuesday really pointed out the urgency, so I'm gonna do it. So you'll see less posting/head bashing from me as I track down the various reports I've seen online.
I'll also (in the same list or in a separate list) keep track of what foods YOU have sent out for testing - so please email me if you have sent food out, or if you know of posts online where people are talking about foods they've sent out for testing.
(Note: I'm *way* behind on responding to emails right now, I will do my best to catch up in the next few days. But I have chronic neck/arm/elbow/wrist problems, all made worse by typing... so please have patience.)
Okay, on with the news.
2. Pet Food Express (a great retailer who has been on top of this from Day 1) posted test results for some of the products they carry.
3. USA Today has another great article, read it. It starts:
Even some pet-food companies say they don't always know what's really in the food they sell. Or where the ingredients come from.4. House Agriculture Committee, FDA, more. See Christie's post over at petconnection.com
5. FDA Issues melamine warning to employees. Itchmo has learned that the FDA has issued a surveillance order for Chinese vegetable proteins on May 1 — including corn gluten and wheat products — based on melamine contamination. Therese at petsitusa said it well...
Let me get this straight…if you’re an FDA employee melamine may be harmful, but if you’re not an FDA employee there’s nothing to worry about? So…does that mean I can eat all the melamine tainted food I want as long as I don’t get a job with the FDA?
6. Gina's post‘Unusual spikes of inexplicable illness’ edition (does head-exploding count?) is another must read.
7. Melamine found in fish food at an Oregon hatchery. But it's safe to eat. Yeah, right.
Other blogs have posted a bunch of articles repeating the FDA/USDA's statements that our food and pet food are safe. I've decided not to post them, because it's all a bunch of crap anyway. If your blood pressure isn't high enough, and your head hasn't exploded, you can find those articles over at petconnection.com, posted earlier in the week.
Listen. I don't care what the FDA or USDA says. You can find all the information you need on their websites. Our pet food is not safe. Our food is not safe.
And no, I don't know what the hell is safe to eat either. I'm trying to buy local, and certified organic. Trader Joe's has some of the lowest prices on certified organic products, so I'm doing a lot of shopping there. (That's not a recommendation, but based on their quick action in pulling and testing their pet food I trust them more than other retailers.)
And, it goes without saying, if it's made in China - I'm not touching it.
Pet Connection posted on Tuesday that the FDA mentioned there might be more recalls. While I've been expecting more recalls, I have no idea which companies/products they might be. The cross-contamination / it's not wheat gluten it's wheat / additional rice protein supplier stories are all filled with conflicting information, so at this point I don't believe any of it.
My guess? More recalls will happen when individuals begin getting back test results from private labs and going public with the results.
ADDED: Want to get your own pet food tested? Go here