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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Families victimized by tainted spinach and peanut butter put a human face Tuesday on recent high-profile outbreaks of food-borne illness, urging lawmakers to strengthen federal oversight of the nation's food supply. "I can't protect them from spinach -- only you guys can. I can't," said Michael Armstrong, as he and wife, Elizabeth, cradled daughters Ashley, 2, and Isabella, 5.
NATIONAL
April 20, 2007 | Marc Lifsher and Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writers
Chinese manufacturers may have intentionally added a chemical linked to pet deaths and illnesses into a protein-powder ingredient in pet foods, federal regulators said Thursday. Stephen Sundlof, chief veterinarian for the Food and Drug Administration, said melamine, which has turned up in more than 100 brands of cat and dog food, may have been used to falsely boost the apparent nutritional content of rice protein. "That's still a theory but it certainly seems to be a plausible one," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A 15th person has tested positive for E. coli linked to the outbreak originating at a Foothill Ranch Souplantation, authorities said Thursday. The latest victim, a young adult who ate at the restaurant March 23, was not hospitalized, an Orange County Health Care Agency spokesman said. Fourteen of the infected people were customers at the restaurant, and one is an employee. Investigators do not know if the worker was infected by eating at Souplantation or through an outside source.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Menu Foods Ltd., whose products have been blamed for the deaths of at least 16 animals, expanded its pet food recall after it found contaminated wheat gluten at a plant in Canada. Menu Foods said one shipment of wheat gluten tainted with melamine -- a substance used to make fertilizer -- was sent to its Mississauga, Ontario, facility from a plant in Emporia, Kan. The company didn't say how much food it called back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Another E. coli infection linked to the Foothill Ranch Souplantation has been reported, bringing the total to 14, health officials said Tuesday. The latest victim, an adult, ate at the restaurant March 23, said Howard Sutter, a spokesman for the Orange County Health Care Agency. Though the person developed symptoms, he said, no hospitalization was required.
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