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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17728426/site/newsweek/

This is a link to a Newsweek article which discusses problems in regulating the pet food industry:

"March 21, 2007 - It's been nearly a week since Canadian pet-food manufacturer Menu Foods Inc. recalled some 60 million cans and pouches of wet food linked to the deaths of at least 15 cats and one dog, yet authorities still can't explain exactly what went wrong. Some critics and animal lovers are honing in on what they see as lax regulation of the $15-billion annual pet-food industry in the United States.

Technically, the Food and Drug Administration is responsible for ensuring that, like human foods, pet foods are safe to eat, truthfully labeled and produced under sanitary conditions. But on Tuesday, FDA officials admitted that the regulation of pet food takes a backseat to its regulatory obligations of other food and drug sectors, and that inspections of pet-food processing plants are done only on a for-cause basis.

"There are limited resources," said David Elder, director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance in the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine in Rockville, Md. Elder added that inspections of companion animals' food products are, "based on risk." Which means that the processing plant in Emporia, Kans., where the tainted food was manufactured, had never been inspected by government officials until after consumers started complaining about pets dying of kidney failure. The Emporia plant remains open and continues to produce new food, according to a Menu Foods spokesperson, who adds that safety tests are being done around the clock.

As far as ingredients go, there is no regulation," says Ann Martin, a Canadian pet-health advocate and author of three pet-food related books, including 1997's "Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food." While the raw materials used in commercial pet food often contain animal protein derived largely from slaughterhouse offal--unused animal parts--Martin contends that there are other sources of that material, including road kill, zoo animal carcasses and fecal matter."
 

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With the slashing of budgets for agricultural inspections, and the abandonment of much of the usual regulations for those mega-corporation agribusiness "farms" (and a simultaneous shift to even greater scrutiny and penalization of small farmers), it's not just pet foods.

The recent outbreaks of e coli alone are evidence of that. :eek:
 

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With the slashing of budgets for agricultural inspections, and the abandonment of much of the usual regulations for those mega-corporation agribusiness "farms" (and a simultaneous shift to even greater scrutiny and penalization of small farmers), it's not just pet foods.

The recent outbreaks of e coli alone are evidence of that. :eek:[/b]
I think you're right.

And while the pet food recall did get more attention in the media than I had hoped for, it seems like the Anna Nicole story has trumped everything for the past few weeks. :blink: Go figure.
 
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