According to the FDA and the USDA, the tainted pet food is no longer our only concern. As of yesterday, they are announcing swine in several states are to be destroyed after having been fed contaminated feed imported from China.
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today notified State authorities that swine fed adulterated product will not be approved to enter the food supply. . .
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FDA and FSIS are coordinating with State authorities in eight states where the adulterated feed is known to have been purchased. Eight pork producers in the states of California, Kansas, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah are known to have purchased the feed. These combined operations involve approximately 6,000 hogs. All of the animals are currently being held under state quarantines in CA, NC, NY and SC. In KS, OK and UT producers agreed to hold the animals until further notice. Authorities are also in contact with a feed mill in Missouri that might have received adulterated feed.
As the government inspects less than 1% of all imported food products (regardless of destination), this is yet another sign that our system is broken and that the pet food recall is only one small piece of a rather large disaster.
And current estimates place the dog and cat death toll in the tens of thousands.
I’m disgusted by this entire situation. To know animals have died unnecessarily is beyond comprehension, beyond acceptance. To know poison can so easily be introduced to our entire food chain, from pet to human, is unforgivable and unimaginable. Changes need to be made.
Meanwhile, more pet food brands and products have been recalled.