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3catkidneyfailure
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« on: October 06, 2007, 03:50:22 PM »

   
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/problems_with_food_products/index.asp     
 
 
 
FSIS Recalls / Problems With Food Products 
If you have a problem with a food product...
Separate government agencies are responsible for protecting different segments of
the food supply. If you have experienced a problem with a food product, be sure to contact
the appropriate public health organization. 
 
 
For more help, call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline

For additional food safety information about meat, poultry, or egg products, call the toll-free
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854); for the hearing-impaired (TTY) 1-800-256-7072.

The Hotline is staffed by food safety experts weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time. You can listen
to food safety recordings 24 hours a day using a touch-tone phone.
 
 
 
What can you do?
For Help With Meat, Poultry And Egg Products:
Call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

For Help With Restaurant Food Problems:
Call the Health Department in your city, county or state. View a complete listing of State Departments of Public Health.

For Help With Non-Meat Food Products (Cereals, Fish, Produce, Fruit Juice, Pastas, Cheeses, etc):
For complaints about food products which do not contain meat or poultry -- such as cereal -- call or write
to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Check your local phone book under U.S. Government, Health and Human Services,
to find an FDA office in your area. The FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition can be reached at 1-888-723-3366.

In order for the USDA to investigate a problem with meat, poultry or egg products, you must have:

The original container or packaging
Any foreign object that you might have discovered in the product
Any uneaten portion of the food (refrigerate or freeze it)

Information you should be ready to tell the Hotline on the phone includes:
Name, address and phone number;
Brand name, product name and manufacturer of the product
The size and package type
Can or package codes (not UPC bar codes) and dates
Establishment number (EST) usually found in the circle or shield near the "USDA passed and inspected" phrase;
Name and location of the store, as well as the date that you purchased the product.
You can complain to the store or the product's manufacturer if you don't choose to make a formal complaint to the USDA.

If you think you are ill, see a physician.
If an injury or illness allegedly resulted from use of a meat or poultry product, you will also need to tell the Hotline
staff about the type, symptoms, time of occurrence and name of attending health professional (if applicable).

The Bottom Line:
If you sense there's a problem with any food product, don't consume it. "When in doubt, throw it out."

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2007, 04:36:19 PM »

"The Bottom Line:
If you sense there's a problem with any food product, don't consume it. "When in doubt, throw it out."


ummm, shouldn't we hang on to it so we have testing samples if there is a problem?! kinda like they say here in the middle . . .

"In order for the USDA to investigate a problem with meat, poultry or egg products, you must have:

The original container or packaging
Any foreign object that you might have discovered in the product
Any uneaten portion of the food (refrigerate or freeze it)"

also, i wonder how much more they think our landfills can handle?! ~ sad how much toxic waste they are asking us to put back into the earth . . .     Cry
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2007, 06:38:44 PM »

We could try bombarding them with complaints about every toxic food that
makes us or our fur-kids ill or worse all the time so they can't say no complaints
have been filed. Just a thought. Perhaps if you're really insistent on filing a
complaint, they might have to test it or maybe spot a trend that can't be
ignored.
3cats
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2007, 06:19:40 AM »

I don't know about human food,but the FDA field office in NJ told me they only test pf if an animal dies. Still if we all email them it should at least get their attention.
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2007, 08:07:57 AM »

I hope people will do this. At the rate at which there is
no change in pet food ingredients, March 16th is going
to happen again. Maybe this time they won't ignore
the trend for four months and could save some lives.
3cats
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2007, 09:23:39 AM »

We could try bombarding them with complaints about every toxic food that
makes us or our fur-kids ill or worse all the time so they can't say no complaints
have been filed. Just a thought. Perhaps if you're really insistent on filing a
complaint, they might have to test it or maybe spot a trend that can't be
ignored.
3cats

very good thought. i wish all the labs tested the same. and the FDA was held accountable! i'm so disgusted with the whole system that i tend to be a tad negative about anything changing or getting better. i should have knowb better than to watch the FDA and CPSC hearings, lol!~
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2007, 09:29:15 AM »

I know, straybaby. I'm skeptical too. But at least this is
something you can try to make a difference, as opposed
to all the slow moving, someday bills that are being passed
that are still years away from implementation, and the
government agencies that are under-funded and under-staffed.
And the frustrating, sinking feeling that you can't break the
death-grip that agri-business and the PFI has on pet food.
3cats
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2007, 09:36:16 AM »

lol!~ you sum things up quite well!

actually, i have very little in my pantry or freezers that i could complain about. i fired them all in the spring and haven't looked back. for exactly the reasons you stated. i see things getting worse before better, so hopefully people filing complaints will minimize the damage.
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