Can someone explain this? It is downright hideous.

We have all seen the articles talking about the relationship between melamine and cyanuric acid (Scientists track chemical reactions in pet food).

And, I’ve learned that Feed Grade Biuret, which is allowed in feed, is a non-protein nitrogen “protein booster” for use in cattle feed. It is produced by the partial hydrolysis of urea and consists of a mixture of: Biuret, Urea, Cyanuric acid and Triuret. Like Wheat Gluten and Rice Protein Concentrate, Feed Grade Biuret is a white powder. It was implicated in this April, 2005 Chinese Gluten Importer website as being sold as a “Pseudo Rice Protein”.

Well, with the FDA allowing biuret, cyanuric acid and triuret (April 2006 update) as food additives in feed and the water of animals, we are all in big trouble.

Percent
Biuret — 55 minimum
Urea — 15 maximum
Cyanuric acid and triuret — 30 maximum
Mineral oil — 0.5 maximum
Total nitrogen (equivalent to 218.75 pct 35 minimum crude protein)
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Check out this part of the federal register about all of the additives allowed.

PART 573 Food Additives Permitted in Feed and Drinking Water of Animals

§ 573.120 – Acrylamide-acrylic acid resin.
§ 573.130 – Aminoglycoside 3′-phospho- transferase II.
§ 573.140 – Ammoniated cottonseed meal.
§ 573.160 – Ammoniated rice hulls.
§ 573.180 – Anhydrous ammonia.
§ 573.200 – Condensed animal protein hydrolysate.
§ 573.220 – Feed-grade biuret.
§ 573.225 – 1,3-Butylene glycol.
§ 573.240 – Calcium periodate.
§ 573.260 – Calcium silicate.
§ 573.280 – Feed-grade calcium stearate and sodium stearate.
§ 573.300 – Choline xanthate.
§ 573.310 – Crambe meal, heat toasted.
§ 573.320 – Diammonium phosphate.
§ 573.340 – Diatomaceous earth.
§ 573.360 – Disodium EDTA.
§ 573.380 – Ethoxyquin in animal feeds.
§ 573.400 – Ethoxyquin in certain dehydrated forage crops.
§ 573.420 – Ethyl cellulose.
§ 573.440 – Ethylene dichloride.
§ 573.450 – Fermented ammoniated condensed whey.
§ 573.460 – Formaldehyde.
§ 573.480 – Formic acid.
§ 573.500 – Condensed, extracted glutamic acid fermentation product.
§ 573.520 – Hemicellulose extract.
§ 573.530 – Hydrogenated corn syrup.
§ 573.540 – Hydrolyzed leather meal.
§ 573.560 – Iron ammonium citrate.
§ 573.580 – Iron-choline citrate complex.
§ 573.600 – Lignin sulfonates.
§ 573.620 – Menadione dimethylpyrimidinol bisulfite.
§ 573.625 – Menadione nicotinamide bisulfite.
§ 573.640 – Methyl esters of higher fatty acids.
§ 573.660 – Methyl glucoside-coconut oil ester.
§ 573.680 – Mineral oil.
§ 573.685 – Natamycin.
§ 573.700 – Sodium nitrite.
§ 573.720 – Petrolatum.
§ 573.740 – Odorless light petroleum hydrocarbons.
§ 573.750 – Pichia pastoris dried yeast.
§ 573.760 – Poloxalene.
§ 573.780 – Polyethylene.
§ 573.800 – Polyethylene glycol (400) mono- and dioleate.
§ 573.820 – Polyoxyethylene glycol (400) mono- and dioleates.
§ 573.840 – Polysorbate 60.
§ 573.860 – Polysorbate 80.
§ 573.870 – Poly(2-vinylpyridine-co-styrene).
§ 573.880 – Normal propyl alcohol.
§ 573.900 – Pyrophyllite.
§ 573.914 – Salts of volatile fatty acids.
§ 573.920 – Selenium.
§ 573.940 – Silicon dioxide.
§ 573.960 – Sorbitan monostearate.
§ 573.980 – Taurine.
§ 573.1000 – Verxite.
§ 573.1010 – Xanthan gum.
§ 573.1020 – Yellow prussiate of soda.

Pet Food & Human Food Crisis …. Saga for years to come (with continuing updates)

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If only this mess could be relieved by the calming sucks on a pacifier ….

Here are some wonderful articles and a marvelous link to an evolving page that has created a summary of the current crisis:

1. Wikipedia’s 2007 Pet Food Crisis Outline

2. The Coalition for a Stronger FDA

3. Rise and shine: the GM wake-up call

4. U.S. Contaminated Pet Food Investigation Update: Phantoms at large in the poisoned pet food tragedy

5. YOUR WHOLE PET: Is Your Pet’s Food Safe Yet? Why pet owners are worried, and why that’s not likely to change soon

6. Washington Post Article Collection: Pet Food Recall

7. Pet Deaths Spur Call for Better FDA Screening: Imports Raise Concern About Human Foods

8. Senate back tighter pet food standards

9. Hey, FDA, here’s a tip for you

10. Senator Dick Durbin on Pet Food Recall & FDA

Gittle, Golden Retriever Guide Dog

Second Sight
By Emily Welly, Times Press Recorder Features Writer

The excited barking starts before the doorbell even rings. Inside, Gittle, an energetic golden retriever with a shiny reddish coat, is letting her owner, Robin Libbee of Arroyo Grande, know someone is on the way to their door.

The happy dog bounds toward the door, excited to make a new friend and fully intending to smother the visitor in wet dog kisses.

But Gittle’s responsibilities go far beyond welcoming visitors at the door. Gittle, a guide dog, acts as Libbee’s eyes. And as soon as it’s time to get to work, Gittle’s puppylike personality fades.

One minute, she could be romping around a room, chewing on a toy. “But as soon as her head goes through that harness, the toy drops,” said Libbee.

Gittle’s brown leather harness, smooth in the spots where Libbee’s hand grasps it, is more than a uniform; it’s the equipment she needs to do her job, and it establishes a physical bond to Libbee. On a walk, the two strut down the street in perfect synchronization. “Forward,” Libbee directs. “Left.” Between commands, she praises Gittle.

There’s much more . . . .