Via those amazing people at The Pet Connection:
Wow.USA Today just posted this absolutely jaw-dropping development:
The Food and Drug Administration is enforcing a new import alert that greatly expands its curtailment of some food ingredients imported from China, authorizing border inspectors to detain ingredients used in everything from noodles to breakfast bars.
The new restriction is likely to cause delays in the delivery of raw ingredients for the production of many commonly used products.
An import alert of this breadth is rare. Before this new FDA action, only products from two Chinese companies that exported the melamine-tainted wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate had been detained.
Now for the products to reach U.S. foodmakers, the importers will have to prove to the FDA that they are safe. The ingredients restricted include wheat gluten, rice gluten, rice protein, rice protein concentrate, corn gluten, corn gluten meal, corn by-products, soy protein, soy gluten, mung-bean protein and amino acids.
And that ain’t all. The same import alert – which must be read to be believed — notes an extremely large jump in the number of pets the FDA is willing to suggest have been killed by tainted products.
Here are numbers reported by pet owners into the Pet Connection database, updated just a few minutes ago:
Total reports of illness or death: 14,228
Total cats reported dead: 2,334 cats
Total dogs reported dead: 2,249
Back to the FDA report:
Total reports of illness or death: 17,000
Total cats reported dead: 1950
Total dogs reported dead: 2,200[/b]