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Second company likely imported tainted Rice Protein from China

April 24th, 2007, 05:32 AM
By now, I am sure everyone is subscribing to Itchmo, but just in case, I just opened this:

BREAKING NEWS: Second Company Likely Imported Tainted Rice Protein From China
Two US Senators say that a company in addition to Wilbur-Ellis has imported rice protein concentrate that is “also likely to be contaminated with melamine.” [Reuters story here]

The senators say that the FDA is aware of the second importer, but is not identifying the company. The information was provided to the senators from industry insiders, not the FDA. Despite a senate hearing, the FDA continues to withhold information about the companies involved.

The senators’ letter came ahead of a congressional hearing on Tuesday to examine the pet food scare as well as the larger issue of human food safety before a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

FDA spokeswoman Cathy McDermott said so far the agency is only aware of one rice protein importer, Wilbur-Ellis Co., but the investigation is ongoing.

The circle of contamination continues to widen. Please stay tuned for more possible recalls over the next week.

Itchmo continues to advise avoiding all foods that contain rice protein.

April 24th, 2007, 06:24 PM
I dont understand why they wouldnt name the company if they know other foods may be contaminated? WHY WAIT FOR MORE PETS TO DIE?

So are we watching out specificly for "rice protein" or all rices or what?

April 24th, 2007, 06:27 PM
I wonder if this second importer gets their rice from Binzhou Futian Biological Technology as well. I certainly hope so. Because if there are multiple producers out there with the same problem, there are way bigger problems then I think anyone could have imagined.

April 24th, 2007, 06:42 PM
It's a sad state of affairs when the government lets the big corporations run the country. :mad: