FDA/USDA Says Melamine-Fed Pigs And Chickens OK To Eat

The FDA and USDA today jointly announced that swine and poultry fatted on feed containing wheat gluten laced with melamine pose a “very low risk” if you eat them.

In the most extreme risk assessment scenario, when scientists assumed that all the solid food a person consumes in an entire day was contaminated with melamine at the levels observed in animals fed contaminated feed, the potential exposure was about 2,500 times lower than the dose considered safe. In other words, it was well below any level of public health concern.

Serve us up a bowl of chicken n’ pork melamini-o’s!

The federal agencies pledged to keep a lookout for imported melamine tainted food. Great, now how about keeping on eye on the rest of the food containing Chinese manufactured ingredients? — BEN POPKEN

FDA/USDA Joint News Release: Scientists Conclude Very Low Risk to Humans from Food Containing Melamine [FDA.gov]


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  1. digique says:

    Great news! Makes me want to run out to the store right now and specifically request the “special” meat with melamine. It helps the texture, anyway.

  2. Red_Eye says:

    Lower than should be a concern to the average person, that is don’t mind the chemically sensitive being removed from the gene pool stacking up over in the corner.

  3. kimsama says:

    Excellent! The only group I trust more than Chinese manufacturers is the FDA.

  4. phrygian says:

    So, does this mean it no longer matters to the FDA when our food sources are contaminated with poisonous substances — so long as it’s just small doses? Gee, why does that not make me feel better about having melamine-tainted grain enter our food supply?

    There are a lot of substances in this world that I’m willing to overlook being in the food supply (dirt, feces, bugs) because they aren’t necessarily poisonous. But, shouldn’t the FDA try to remove poisonous substances — especially ones that are additives and not just byproducts of production — from the food supply instead of rubber stamping them as okay?

  5. So, does this mean it no longer matters to the FDA when our food sources are contaminated with poisonous substances…

    @phrygian: Yes. Yes it does.

    Where are the phone numbers for the idiots making these decisions? Where is the public outcry?

  6. 300sd says:

    Wow, this is the same FDA that approved Monsanto’s rBGH in cows while it is banned by the rest of the world? Not to mention former Monsanto employees now work for the FDA and EPA. FDA has no credibility.

  7. kelmeister says:

    Where are the phone numbers for the idiots making these decisions? Where is the public outcry?

    @Rectilinear Propagation: Where is all the talk about “post-9/11 thinking?”

    What is most upsetting to me about this whole fiasco is that there’s been nothing about this demonstrating obvious lapses and holes in the food supply. We were repeated warned that terrorists could use our food supply to sicken and kill the US population. We have untold pets affected, but we were told not to worry because it’d never end up in human food. Now it’s, “Don’t worry, it’s not that big a deal, very low risk.”

    Spinach and onions and ball park hamburgers and boxed risotto(!) and now this…you’d think there’d be a bigger uproar about this. But it’s one foodborne illness after contamination after another. The public can’t possibly be fatigued of this story already!

    The FDA and USDA are proving to be criminally incompetent.

    Thank god they’ve got their newfangled Food Safety Czar to fix things right up.

  8. mac-phisto says:

    it’s be nice if they’d at least require a sticker at sale:

    “this food fed foiled food”

    then let the consumers decide. i don’t think i’ll be eating a whole lot of chicken in the near future.

  9. nuton2wheels says:

    Hey, come on guys! It’s all in the name of profitable, unrestricted free trade! At times like this it becomes painfully obvious that our government is run by corporations, not citizens.

  10. QuirkyRachel says:

    Wait. Companies whose products are questionable have insider contacts in the FDA?! What’s next? Next we’ll find that the pharmaceutical companies have sway with FDA, too!

  11. 300sd says:

    Looks like farmed fish is also on the list. Who eats farmed fish anyway? The farmed salmon meat is grey and they have to dye it pink.