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Barbi Twins Comment on their Loss and Lawsuit

Class Action Law Firm:
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FDA and other officials "report" tainting as "limited, contained, diluted and safe".
US Shrimp Feed Tainted
Wall Street Journal - June 7, 2007
U.S. Food and Drug Administration has alerted health officials in more than a dozen countries about U.S.-made shrimp-feed products that could be contaminated with small amounts of a potentially dangerous chemical, a turnabout likely to complicate the debate over the safety and export of food.

Shrimp feed recalled, linked to pet-food deaths - Denver Post, CO - Jun 5, 2007
Two U.S. Companies Recall Melamine-Tainted Feed (May 31)
Tembec, a contract manufacturer for Uniscope, makes AquaBond and Aqua-Tec II, which it distributes for Uniscope. Uniscope makes Xtra-Bond using ingredients supplied by Tembec. All of the products are binding agents that are used to make pelleted feed for cattle, sheep, and goats, or fish and shrimp.

The companies have confirmed that Tembec added melamine as part of the formulation of the products to improve the binding properties of pelleted feed. Melamine is not approved as an additive for animal or fish/shrimp feed.

The companies have stopped adding melamine to the feed products, the agency said.

Fish food recall affects more state hatcheries (May 15) 
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife managers learned yesterday that additional hatcheries received potentially tainted fish food from a Canadian supplier, the Skretting Company. Skretting recalled the suspect product on May 8.

As a result of this new information, ODFW hatchery managers have immediately discontinued using the additional recalled feed and have begun an inventory of all feed on hand at ODFW hatcheries and facilities.      They just begun ?

Majority of state-run hatcheries use feed linked to pet food recall (May 11)
More than three-quarters of the state-run hatcheries in Oregon used feed linked to the pet food recall.  The manufacture, Skretting Canada, made feed using wheat flour imported from China that was tainted with melamine.  Skretting recalled the tainted product May 8, they have 198 customers in the U.S.

Almost 4.5 million of those fish were released into the Columbia River within the past month, Reportedly those juvenile tule fall chinook salmon pose little risk to consumers because they are years from reaching dinner tables.  It does not appear that any legal-sized rainbow trout from our hatcheries were fed any of the recalled product,

The feed, which contained wheat flour tainted with melamine, has been recalled, and all Oregon hatcheries have stopped using the product.  The 26 operations that received recalled feed include the Sandy, Willamette, Cole Rivers, Oak Springs, Oxbow, Salmon River, Butte Falls, Cascade, Wizard Falls, Marion Forks, Bonneville, Leaburg, South Santiam, Bandon, Elk River, Rock Creek, Fall River, Nehalem, Trask, McKenzie, Gnat Creek, Umatilla, Cedar Creek, Klamath, Looking Glass and Big Creek hatcheries.

The FDA tested fish feed for melamine at only one of Oregon's state-run hatcheries, Marion Forks near Detroit Lake. Those tests turned up positive.

 Farmed fish in US fed contaminated material linked to pet food recall (May 8)
A portion of the mislabeled wheat gluten has been used in the preparation of fish feeds and has been used in some U.S. aquaculture production operations. Officials stated that levels of melamine in affected fish tested so far have been comparable to those found in hogs and chickens.  There continues to be no sign that melamine-tainted products are in human food, except for the tainted animal feed, according to Acheson.

Fish samples would be screened for signs of melamine. "Depending upon what we find in that testing, that is going to drive the next steps," said Dr. David Acheson, the FDA's assistant commissioner for food protection.

Tainted Animal Feed May Be in Fish (May 8)
Fish contaminated with chemical linked to pet food recall  (May 8)
Farmed fish fed contaminated material linked to pet food recall  (
May 8)
Chemical in pet food recall ends up in hatchery feed in Oregon (May 8)
Pet Food Recall Ingredient Found In Fish Feed (May 8)

20 million chickens raised for market in several states were quarantined the first of May because they were fed contaminated feed.  20 million chickens represent a small fraction of the 9 billion chickens raised each year in the United States.  The chicken must meet USDA's inspection seal.  USDA, FDA and EPA reviewed risk assessment.  The Food and Drug Administration has decided not to issue recalls of the contaminated chicken, noting that the chemical is not thought to be harmful to people and is highly diluted.

Cat & Dog Food Pulled, 20M Chickens Barred From Sale (May 6)
Chickens Held After Eating Contaminated Pet Food
(May 6)
Millions of chickens pulled over pet food recall  (May 5)
Chickens Now Contaminated by Melamine (May 1)
Pet Food Fall-Out Continues, with Recalls, FDA Raids, Lawsuits (April 27)
Melamine and cyanuric acid found in pig urine on US Pig Farms
FDA is investigating possible contaminated pet food scraps sent to poultry feed mill in Missouri.

Contaminated pet food scraps were sent to pig farmers as salvage by companies that have recalled pet foods.  Meat from 345 hogs that ate feed made with melamine-tainted rice protein has apparently entered the market.  Pigs from slaughterhouses in Kansas and Utah may have entered the food supply.  Pig farms in eight states (California, New York, South Carolina, North Carolina, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma and Ohio) quarantined.  6,000 pigs were given feed made with tainted ingredients (contaminated with two chemicals: melamine and cyanuric acid.);

Cyanuric acid was detected in the rice protein and wheat gluten used in some pet foods.  The combination of melamine and cyanuric acid is of concern to human and animal health.  FDA claims Melamine, at detected levels, is not a human health concern.  FDA claims pigs that ate contaminated feed will not be allowed to enter the human food supply and that pork from these animals will also be destroyed

Pet Food Recall: Farms Quarantined, More Cat & Dog Food Recall Worries
Contaminated pet food exposing trouble in the human food system (May 5)
FDA inspects food manufacturers as precaution against contaminated ...  (May 4)
Human Food Eyed in Pet Food Recall (May 4)
FDA and USDA Investigate Tainted Animal Feed (April 30)
FDA/USDA Trace Adulterated Animal Feed to Poultry (April 30)
Tainted pet food spreads to humans; effects unknown  (April 30)
FDA/USDA Update on Tainted Animal Feed
(April 28)
Melamine: It Tastes Just Like Chicken
Pet Food Recall: Dog Food Recalled, Potential Melamine Contamination
 (April 26)
Pet food recall: NC hog farm quarantined (April 26)
Hogs quarantined following pet food recall (April 25)
Pet Food Recall: Some Ohio Animals Under Quarantine (April 25)
You Are What You Eat: Is "Salvage" Pet Food Feeding Cows to Cows?  (April 24)
Tainted Pet Food Found in Hogs in Several States 
(April 24)
Stocker Cattle Forum: Dale Blasi - What Are The Implications Of ... (April 23)
FDA says tainted pet food was fed to livestock 
(April 20)
US Pig Farm Linked to Recall? (April 20)
Agriculture Officials Quarantine Hog Farm
(April 20)
Pet Food Recall Expands Again   (April 19)
Bee Feed Tested for Pet Food Taints  (May 18)
Honeybees in the United States began dying off in unprecedented numbers late last year, threatening the nation's human food supply, a third of which is dependent on bee pollination. A quarter of the nation's 2.4 million honeybee colonies died from what scientists dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder.

Since some commercial bee feeds are protein-based, using ingredients like brewer's yeast and soy flour, the possibility that melamine could be causing the unexplained bee die-off is worth investigating.

China's honey industry shows sour side  (May 14)
Entrepreneur in China wants to make honey
using  no antibiotics in their colonies; the drugs can make people sick and no storing honey in metal containers; those can taint the sweet goo with toxic iron and lead.  But he is met with resistance and violence for the cheaper, less healthy (more profitable) way.