April 3, 2007
A couple of reasons to care about the pet food recall
This is, of course, a story about people who have lost what is sometimes the most precious thing in their lives, a companion animal. But let’s say you don’t care about that. At all.
This is also a story about corporate ethics. About a possible cover-up. About a suspicious delay in issuing a recall. About a timeline that raises a lot of questions.
It’s a story about the food supply. The HUMAN food supply. Even if the suspect ingredient, wheat gluten, was sold as “for animal consumption only,” as we are being told, what was it about this food item that earned it that designation? What are the parameters for “unfit for human consumption”?
The whole post is well worth reading. And then on Sunday, this news came out:
Del Monte Foods has confirmed that the melamine-tainted wheat gluten used in several of its recalled pet food products was supplied as a “food grade” additive, raising the likelihood that contaminated wheat gluten might have entered the human food supply.
(Hat tip for the latter item goes to Pet Connection, which has been doing a great job following this story and all its wayward branches.) It’ll be interesting to see what happens from this point on…