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China Killed Your Dog

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By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
April 1, 2007

The mainstream media seems to be brushing this story under the carpet but it is pretty certain already that we know the source of the pet food contamination: China.

Menu Foods Income Fund, maker of the tainted pet foods at the center of this month’s massive recall, said on Friday it is no longer using a Chinese supplier of wheat gluten after U.S. officials found the chemical melamine in some of the recalled products.

Malamine is a prohibited substance in American pet food according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, malamine is a widely accepted fertilizer in China.

Menu Foods stopped using its Chinese supplier on March 6, 10 days before the recall was announced, Paul Henderson, Menu Foods’ president and chief executive, told a news conference in Toronto.

Menu Foods said all of the wheat glutin tainted by melamine came from the Chinese supplier. The FDA seems on the verge of confirming this.

We’ve been chasing this story with dogged determination.

In some Asian countries, Americans and Canadian may be shocked to learn, the dog doesn’t have the lofty status it has in some western households. In much of Asia, the dog itself is a food product and not a family member.

There is also some cynicism among some Asians about the way westerns look at and treat their pets. When the communists took Saigon in 1975, for example, one of the first new laws prohibited dogs and cats as pets. In fact, any pets were considered “decadent western symbols.” Any animals kept by a family had to become a food source and not merely a food consumer.

So case closed, Mrs. Mcarthy, who appeared on TV to mourn the loss of her “best friend” “Arnie” the cocker spaniel: China killed your dog.


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John E. Carey is the former president of International Defense Consultants, Inc.
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