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« on: May 02, 2007, 05:03:30 AM »

Robert W. Luba (from Safety-Kleen and Menu Foods) has served on the Board of MDS since 1996.

In January, the FDA sent a letter to companies that used MDS labs, informing them that bioanalytical analysis conducted by MDS since 2000 would have to be redone. In part, MDS used chromatography and mass spectrometry to determine if generic drugs were the same as band name drugs. This data was submitted to the FDA with applications for generic drug approval. Here are some of the problems the FDA found with MDS labs:

* Failure to conduct a systematic and thorough evaluation to identify and correct sources of contamination.
* Failure to investigate anomalous results.
* Lack of assay reproducibility between original and repeat results.
* Assay accuracy not assured under the conditions of sample processing.
* Biased exclusion of study data resulting in the acceptance of failed runs.
* Failure to demonstrate the accuracy of analytical methods with appropriate validation experiments and documentation.

Companies that used MDS have to submit results from new data within 6 months or lose generic status.

Menu Foods’ director Robert W. Luba, used to be the president of Safety Kleen, a  hazardous and industrial waste collection company.

Check out these violations:

    * Exceeding the permitted feed rate of cadmium to the incinerator
    * Storing used oil fuel (VFS Distillate) from the Safety-Kleen East Chicago facility in the fuel oil tank and burning it in the incinerator when the incinerator did not meet all of the operating conditions for burning hazardous waste
    * failing to record the location of each container accepted in the container storage areas, and track these wastes in real time so that their location is known at any time
    * Accepting pyrophoric wastes
    * Placing incompatible wastes or materials in the same container and failing to document any evaluation of the compatibility of the absorbent with the liquid
    * Failing to retain the data recorded by the PI archiving system for at least three years
    * Failing to maintain systems to automatically cut off hazardous waste feed to the incinerator at a pH of less than 6.2 in the second stage packed tower effluent
    * Failing to retain a copy of a manifest at the facility for at least three years
    * Failing to analyze the slag for methanol daily until analyses showed the treatment standards had been achieved for seven consecutive days after methanol was detected at a level above the treatment standards
    * Entering the wrong generator name, address, and phone number on manifests accompanying wastes shipped by Safety-Kleen (Aragonite), Inc. for off-site treatment, storage, or disposal

That’s just a small taste of what a company under Robebert Luba’s watch does.

We will never find out what is in the pet food.

Saftety Kleen also settled with Ohio for hazardous waste violations.
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2007, 05:21:59 AM »

And our "friends" turn it into “food” of a sort by cracking and recombining its elements in a process more similar to the petroleum or industrial chem sector than anything recognisable as cooking.

The profits are accruing in the pockets of the chem company CEOs and their army of chemists, and incidentally in the pockets of big pharma and the med mafia as they rake in the dough for treating the many chronic diseases resulting from bad nutrition and low-dosage exposure to neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors.

The issue of course is one of power and money. industrialists have forced farmers out of the food market, stepping in between farmer and eater like a parasitical organism sucking up most of the money flowing through that market.

The end result being food is reduced to lowest-common-denominator commodity inputs — the feedstock for high tech industrial “value added” processing; what this means is that profit is realised by the “value adder” and not by the grower.

One of a large number of organic grain farmers in upstate New York, John Myer manages 880 acres of organic grain crops and mixed alfalfa hay in the Finger Lakes region.

Who's ingredients would you prefer?
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2007, 08:51:51 AM »

Steve, I'm just catching up on the posts and was going to suggest you move the Luba info to the forums.  Thanks for pulling these items & giving them attention again.  You do this very well -- just when we forget about an issue, you bring it up again.  Thanks -- there's so much to keep track of.  I hope you're working on a book?

Buy local.  Buy organic.
If you ate today, thank a farmer, hopefully a small, local farmer.

Remember the thousands & thousands of pets that died to give US a wake-up call about the safety of ALL food and products.
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Cake, Yum!

« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2007, 11:36:51 AM »

With the reports that this Melamine spiking has been going on for as long as 15 years, I don't think we should only zero in on Menu foods. There are other companies that have screwy business practices out there too. There's a lot of corruption out there for sure. Just be informed, don't just pick on one company just because they were the first one to have recalls and didn't deal with it very well. Look how long it took other companies to fess up and say something.
This whole thing is going to be something we all learn from. Hopefully.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2007, 05:35:47 AM »

No nice guys among robber barons in pet food industry
"The bald lies of some of the industry's players would keep the best investigative reporters working 24-7."
Thursday, May 3, 2007

The robber barons of the $15-billion-a-year pet food industry are not nice guys.

They're not the guy next door who happened to go into the right business; not like Joe the Barber where you can go get your money back for a bumbled buzz cut or Uncle Charlie in the chocolate factory.

It's thanks to the allusive robber barons of the multi-billion dollar pet industry and their unbridled greed that melamine-tainted pet food has now made its way into poultry at 38 Indiana farms.

They speak through high priced PR agents; arrive with lawyers in tow all to make a five-minute address at Senate subcommittees in Washington, D. C.

They use front men, and in an atmosphere where they well know that government is not doing its job in protecting the public from contaminated food imported from Communist countries, they literally get away with murder.

Thousands of pets fell ill and an estimated 20 percent of them died from acute renal failure caused by poisoned pet food, attractively packaged and luring busy consumers from supermarket shelves.

continued . . . . . . .
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2007, 09:31:41 AM »

Good ol Duane

Most Americans are happy with Pet Food
Thursday, July 14, 2005

A new study commissioned by Pet Food Institute, shows that 97% of consumers surveyed responded that the pet food they feed their pets is safe, citing trusted brand names, good nutrition and a long track record of safety as the primary reasons for that confidence.

The study also revealed that 92% of consumers are satisfied with the information presented on pet food labels and packaging, describing them as “easy to understand”, “helpful” and “complete”, as their top three reasons for their satisfaction.

PFI Executive Director Duane Ekedahl commented about the results, “We are excited to confirm that pet owners in the United States have such a high level of confidence in the food they feed their dogs and cats. This level of satisfaction was earned through the industry’s commitment to making safe and nutritious products that help keep pet dogs and cats happy and healthy throughout their lives.”

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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2007, 07:52:58 PM »

May 8, 2007
Food safety concerns grow as imports to US surge

But some in the US say that government regulation and even voluntary guidelines would be burdensome overkill – and wouldn’t solve the problems.

“No amount of regulation would have found the melamine,” says Duane Ekedahl, president of the Pet Food Institute. Instead, he says, the Chinese government should step up to help certify its food products – or otherwise be stung by consuming nations that shift their trade to more careful trading partners.

“The US system is not broken; that’s an oversimplification,” says Mr. Ekedahl. “We shouldn’t have to inspect it here. [Foreign governments] should inspect it all there.”

The utter contempt this guy has for Americans is astounding.
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2007, 07:08:01 PM »

Sat, Apr. 28, 2007
Federal agents searched Menu Foods’ pet food plant in Emporia, Kan., on Thursday as part of a widening investigation into the recall of contaminated pet food products.

Where is the report on the findings? The Public has the right to know.
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2007, 06:02:55 PM »

From Paul Henderson's June 29 speech:

"However, as you know, our first quarter results were far from stellar. Postponed, cancelled and to-be-returned orders which would have been posted at the end of March, had the effect of reducing quarterly sales by almost 30 million dollars. We have also had to bear some 42 million dollars
in unplanned-for expenses in that quarter related to the recall. As we forecasted in that same report, sales for the second quarter will also be adversely impacted.

Needless to say, as a result of the cancelled or delayed orders, we have had to scale back production. At various points in this process, we had to issue temporary lay-off notices for most of our operating employees. It is truly unfortunate that these committed employees – who are directly responsible
for our strong reputation in the first place – were adversely affected by a fraud that took place halfway around the world. We’re doing everything we can to return to normal business operations.

Our legal counsel tells us there are more than 100 class-action lawsuits filed against Menu Foods in the US and Canada. I can’t comment specifically on these cases. The US federal court suits are centered in the federal court in New Jersey and cases filed in state courts may be coordinated with that
proceeding. In Canada, a similar process of consolidating cases into one court is underway. We have counsel that is representing us on these matters. Menu Foods’ insurer is defending the company in most of the lawsuits, and the company expects to work with its insurer and the parties to try to reach a fair resolution of these lawsuits. In the end, our goal is to achieve fair compensation within the framework of the law.

With respect to our unit price – as you well know – it has suffered a significant decline since the recall was announced. The hard costs of the recall largely represent a one-time expense that, in itself, is a significant charge that is bound to affect our unit price but it does not reflect the entire drop. Clearly, the cancelled, postponed or returned orders, lost customers and the pending litigation – which today cannot be quantified – also contribute to the devaluation.

The financial impact of the M.A.R.C. recall on our company falls outside normal day-to-day operating expenses. To manage this knock on operations, we recently increased our line of credit from $30 million to $50 million US dollars. We have also renegotiated the terms of our existing note facilities to
align with changes we made in our bank line. We are deeply grateful for the ongoing support of our financial partners and appreciate them having stepped up at the most difficult time.

In the same vein of ensuring stability in order to rebuild, our proxy circular introduced unit holder protection measures aimed at giving Menu Foods' unit holders time to adequately consider any takeover bid. And to give Menu Foods’ Board enough time to respond appropriately to a bid. As we said at
the first of the month, we aren’t aware of any specific takeover bid activity. But I hasten to add that the rights plan would not hinder "full and fair" offers that are made to all unit holders.

The globalization of the animal and human food supply systems is a fact.

But this trend in globalization brings new challenges, requires new safeguards, the resources to implement them, and a new determination to strengthen our controls.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
~~ Gandhi
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2007, 09:05:38 AM »

From the alternate universe over at Google Finance...

"It's not like the board of directors are sitting around laughing about this.  They are not evil cigar-chomping kingpins.

Eating a pound or two of bad pet food?  Get a life buddy.

I know you are upset but their intention was not to kill animals. That makes no sense.

But calling them bastards and evil for wanting to run a profit and use the least expensive food is ridiculous.  They have an obligation to run a profit in the interest of their shareholders.

Anyone who disagrees that the company is run by Satan is apparently just as evil as the company itself and should be shamed!  Give me a break.

Give it up, rational people.  It's no use - you tried but there are too many "high horses" out there.  It's obvious that we can't have a rational dicussion about this since we are dealing people who are
emotionally upset and looking to lash out."

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A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
~~ Gandhi
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