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Author Topic: What does the melamine contamination case tell us? - Dr Hinner Koster  (Read 3846 times)
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« on: October 11, 2007, 03:13:28 AM »

What does the melamine contamination case tell us? - Dr Hinner Koster

Whether consumers want to hear that or not, they can be assured that another food scare will happen again sometime in the future.
Next time it will be just a new and different harmful component, because, once a problem component has been identified it is the one component consumers have to be the least concerned about.
Within a very short space of time systems and procedures are usually in place to prevent any further possibility of contamination of that same component entering the feed and food chain
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007, 03:35:30 AM »

Dr Koster refers to the importance of early warning systems---but what good would that do as wasn't it reported by CBC News on March 16th (I printed it) that MenuFoods noticed an increase in complaints from US pet parents of illness in their pets starting in December?  Was this ignored or just passed off as nothing?  It did not even make MF move up their feeding trials as the one that was done in February was at the regularly scheduled time (as I was told by a vet/nutritionist from Tufts).

I do think that melamine probably won't show up again but whatever "they" find to replace it better be found quicker! Before it crosses our borders.

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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007, 03:59:20 AM »


I think it means that pet owners have to find a way to change what happens going forward.... it seems we're the ones with a power (purchasing power) that can impact the industry enough to bring about change.

But, we haven't come into our own as a united voice to make it a group for the pfcs to contend with on a larger scale and impact true nutritional and safety changes.

Purchasing power only goes so far when many of us still have to feed commercial for various reasons. The pfcs will modify their marketing and presentations to boost that margin from the loss leaders and move margins/advertising to other items in their product lines to where the consumers are responding with purchases.

We can see from the recall that even with litigation that  we've no real hope for "real" change & transparency, much less regulation, until we get involved with the industry that makes the foods.

It is all well and good that pfcs reading forums helps our cause, but the larger commercial pet food companies as well as the indies need to hear us very loud and very clear...
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2007, 04:43:55 AM »

I wonder if we & the other bloggers are the sceptical consumers ?

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2007, 07:15:42 AM »

"Feed ingredients are continuously being scrutinised and controlled and potential sources of contamination are being sought and, if possible, identified so that preventative measures can be applied."

Really? You mean you can't take out your chemistry sets and look for unknown or unexplained test results? That would be too
difficult? Dr. Koster, I think the industry has to focus more on accepting testing and inspection costs as a mandatory
part of the food producing business, period, no excuses or bean-counting. Too bad ChemNutra didn't have a chemisty
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2007, 07:23:02 AM »

LOL, 3cat.

Wouldn't you love to see them advertise the quality of/amount of  "real" nutrion/protein they are calling "food" too?

Healthy animals and healthy pet foods are about more than the lack of contaminants... it's about nutrition too.

Wouldn't we like to see their nutritionists/chemists tackle that topic too?  Synthetics removed, real/true nourishment?
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2007, 08:10:32 AM »

However, in the past the industry was fortunate not to be targeted by aggressive media coverage and better informed consumers who are now sceptical about almost everything they eat. But now, we are suddenly more aware of it.

Too bad for the pet food manufacturers that we pet owners and consumers are better informed about what we are putting into our bodies and our pets?  Yes, too bad that we informed consumers are making them answerable for what they put in their feed.  Thousands of pets dying from contaminated food doesn't merit media attention?  I beg to differ.  If negative media attention and loss of income is the only thing you care about, that is we informed pet owners will use them to change the system.  Get used too it.  We are watching you.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2007, 08:42:55 PM »

"Whether consumers want to hear that or not, they can be assured that another food scare will happen again sometime in the future."

Yep - folks!  THIS is the ONLY guarantee we get from the Animal Feed Industry:  we can be ASSURED that petfood contamination and mass poisonings will occur again!!!


(and yes, I was shouthing... sorry folks)
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