Friday, April 13, 2007

Globalization: poisoned pet food in Namibia

So it wasn't just the US market: Namibia: Pet Food Shock - Manufacturers Recall Stocks (Page 1 of 1)

PET owners in South Africa and Namibia are reeling after two major pet-food manufacturers announced that they were recalling products that had caused kidney failure in dogs and cats...

...In South Africa, 19 dogs in Cape Town and Johannesburg that had been fed Vets Choice have been diagnosed with acute kidney failure, according to the news24 website.

... Earlier, the South African subsidiary of Hill's Pet Nutrition recalled a batch of its Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food after a similar recall in the United States, where hundreds of cats reportedly died from kidney failure after eating contaminated food...

... The US Food and Drug Administration said tests indicated the food was contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine.

Recently, Woolworths in South Africa had to recall all of its dry dog and cat food due to contamination of certain products...
One wonders about human exposure outside of the US. Human kidneys, however, are far tougher than cat or dog kidneys -- we evolved in a hot, dry environment.

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