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Author Topic: Kansas Dept. of Agriculture Gets FDA Grant re: Food/Feed Safety  (Read 1396 times)
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« on: October 02, 2010, 03:50:43 PM »$1.1%20million%20feed%20safety%20grant

High Plains Midwest AG Journal October 1, 2010

"Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Josh Svaty announced his department has been awarded a $1.1 million grant by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make sure that livestock feed and pet foods are safe for the animals that eat them and humans who have contact with them.

"The grant will allow the department to continue its cooperative agreement with FDA to enhance livestock feed safety by ensuring that the provisions of FDA's ruminant feed ban are met. The ruminant feed ban is to protect cattle from the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE.

"Another feature of the grant is an expanded focus on mycotoxins in animal feed and pet food. Mycotoxins are chemical compounds produced by molds growing on grains. Although more than 300 mycotoxins are known, only a handful are considered significant.

"To address the safety of direct human contact feeds that are intended for feeding animals in homes, pet stores, petting zoos and fairs, for one of the grant years the department will look for any that may be contaminated with salmonella "
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2010, 07:52:13 AM »

Can't you just see the Kansas pet food plants cleaning up their acts especially on mycotoxins and salmonella?
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2010, 09:45:58 AM »

I read that several states received these grants.  One was New York, and Iowa, maybe. Can't remember the others.
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2010, 01:23:20 PM »

You have to think BSE is being transmitted to pets, especially probably cats through the rendering process. You know the
mycotoxins and salmonella expresses itself as vomitting on starting new batches of even the same brand of pet foods depending
on the suppliers used.

I'm glad if New York is in there; the NY Dept of Ag seems more science based and outspoken. So perhaps this is a really good sign
except that it should be every state agriculture department double-checking all pet foods and most people foods as sold off retail
shelves all around the country. That would help clean up food safety problems.
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