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BUSINESS
May 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
China vowed Wednesday to crack down on contaminated and sometimes deadly food and drugs after a string of sensational revelations about the safety of Chinese products. Already this year, tainted Chinese ingredients have prompted a massive recall of pet food in the United States. Mississippi and Alabama have banned catfish from China after tests found ciprofloxacin and enrofloxacin, antibiotics banned for use in the U.S.
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BUSINESS
May 8, 2007 | From Reuters
Farmers will be allowed to sell 20 million chickens being held on farms that may have received feed contaminated with the chemical melamine, suspected in a rash of pet deaths, the Agriculture Department said Monday. The department said there was no need to quarantine livestock on farms where melamine or related compounds could not be detected in animal feed, perhaps because it made up only a small share of the feed. A USDA spokesman said 20 million chickens were in that category.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Federal officials put a hold on 20 million chickens raised for market because their feed was mixed with pet food containing an industrial chemical. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are trying to determine whether the chickens pose a threat to human health if eaten, USDA spokesman Keith Williams said. Officials would not say which states the chickens were in.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Responding to the massive recall of cat and dog food, the Senate voted Wednesday in favor of stricter production and labeling standards so people would have more information about what they are feeding their pets. The 94-0 vote was on an amendment by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) to broader legislation related to the Food and Drug Administration.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The mildly toxic chemical melamine is commonly added to animal feed in China, a manager of a feed company and one of the chemical's producers said Monday, a process that boosts the feed's sales value but risks introducing the chemical into meat eaten by humans. Customers either don't know or aren't concerned about the practice, said Wang Jianhui, manager of the Kaiyuan Protein Feed company in the northern city of Shijiazhuang.
NATIONAL
April 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two federal agencies said a continuing investigation affirmed that the risk to humans was very low from hogs that might have eaten contaminated pet food. They said no recall was warranted. The government said last week that 345 of 6,000 hogs that might have eaten the food were believed to have been placed on the path to slaughter, but that almost all were still on farms in California, New York and South Carolina.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Federal agents searched facilities of a dog and cat food manufacturer and one of its suppliers as part of an investigation into the widening recall of pet products, the companies disclosed Friday. Food and Drug Administration officials searched an Emporia, Kan., pet food plant operated by Menu Foods and the Las Vegas offices of ChemNutra Inc., according to the companies.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2007 | From Bloomberg News and Staff Reports
Hogs that ate feed containing the chemical blamed for the deaths of at least 16 pets will be destroyed and their owners compensated, U.S. government officials said Thursday. As many as 6,000 hogs now under quarantine may be affected. "It's the best course of action to humanely slaughter them," said Kenneth Peterson, assistant administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Meat from the animals also will be destroyed, officials said.
NATIONAL
April 27, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
After Sept. 11, 2001, the Food and Drug Administration developed a comprehensive plan to guard the nation's food supply against tainted imports, which were seen as a serious security threat. But nearly six years later, the plan has languished because of a lack of official will and tight federal budgets, according to former senior officials involved in formulating the strategy.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Health officials are investigating whether humans may have consumed pork from animals that ate feed containing a chemical linked to a recall of pet foods, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. In California, traces of the chemical melamine were detected in hog urine at a farm in Stanislaus County in the Modesto area. The California Department of Food and Agriculture said it traced the hogs to several Northern California meat vendors, and most of the animals were quarantined.
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