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Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful

 
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Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
Really!?
Uh, I don't even know what to say after reading this.



Updated: 1 hour, 13 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Consumers face little risk from eating pork, chicken and eggs from farm animals that ate feed mixed with pet food scraps contaminated by an industrial chemical, government scientists said Monday.

Mixing in material contaminated at low levels diluted it such that humans who eat the animals won’t be harmed, the scientists said.

“We literally found that the dilution is so minute, in fact in some cases you can’t even test and find melamine any more in that product,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said in Chicago, speaking to the Organic Trade Association.

The government also recommended lifting holds placed on some pigs and chickens after their feed tested negative for the chemical, melamine, and related compounds. Those animals may be slaughtered and enter the food supply, the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration said.

Other animals, including some that ate feed that has tested positive for contamination, are likely to be held for another week pending completion of an assessment of the overall risk of the chemicals to animal health.

Melamine, used to make plastics, and the related compounds contaminated pet food that either sickened or killed an unknown number of dogs and cats. Scraps left over from the manufacture of that dog and cat food was sold for use in animal feed before the pet food was known to be tainted and recalled from store shelves.

Holds were placed on hogs and poultry while officials studied the extent of the problem as well as its potential risk to both human and animal health.

Since the pet food scraps made up only a small amount of the rations fed the farm animals, they appear to have been exposed to smaller amounts of melamine than was the case with cats and dogs, officials said. Even pigs and chickens known to have eaten contaminated feed appear to be healthy, the USDA and FDA said.

For people who ate large amounts of contaminated pork, chicken and eggs, they likely would be exposed to contamination at levels 18,000 to 30,000 times lower than that considered safe.

Even under the most extreme scenario, the potential human exposure to melamine was well below any level of public health concern, the USDA and FDA said. In that worst-case scenario, government scientists assumed all the solid food a person ate in a day was contaminated with melamine at levels seen in animals fed contaminated feed; that potential exposure was still about 2,500 times lower than the dose considered safe.

Since March 16, more than 100 brands of pet food have been recalled because they were contaminated with melamine.

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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
Associated Press, May 7, 2007

Drinking small amounts of gasoline may actually benefit digestion, government scientists revealed today.
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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
Let me guess, it was the FDA who said contaminated food safe to eat? The same FDA who wants to regulate Vitamins & Supplements as drugs? that same FDA?
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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
fecking sick. fecking SICK!
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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
yea the rocket fuel in small amounts makes you immune to it.

yeah the melamine in small amounts is not harmful..


yeah the gradual destructino of society makes you immune to it.
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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
Because pigs can catch many of the same diseases as people, notably bird flu, the WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization maintain global networks to track and investigate unexplained patterns of pig deaths. State-controlled media in China have carried a few reports on the wheat gluten problem but almost nothing on the pig deaths.

A man answering the phones at the city government of Gaoyao, located 230 kilometers to the northwest of Hong Kong, confirmed late Monday afternoon that pigs were dying there. The man declined to give his name.

Hong Kong media were full of lurid accounts Monday of pigs staggering around with blood pouring from their bodies in Gaoyao and neighboring Yunfu, both in Guangdong Province.

Apple, a daily newspaper here, said that up to 80 percent of the pigs had died in the area, that peasants were engaged in panic selling of ailing animals at deep discounts and that pig carcasses were floating down the river.
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ALL imports from China should be stopped.

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Fine: Let those dumbasses eat it then.
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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
Because pigs can catch many of the same diseases as people, notably bird flu, the WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization maintain global networks to track and investigate unexplained patterns of pig deaths. State-controlled media in China have carried a few reports on the wheat gluten problem but almost nothing on the pig deaths.

A man answering the phones at the city government of Gaoyao, located 230 kilometers to the northwest of Hong Kong, confirmed late Monday afternoon that pigs were dying there. The man declined to give his name.

Hong Kong media were full of lurid accounts Monday of pigs staggering around with blood pouring from their bodies in Gaoyao and neighboring Yunfu, both in Guangdong Province.

Apple, a daily newspaper here, said that up to 80 percent of the pigs had died in the area, that peasants were engaged in panic selling of ailing animals at deep discounts and that pig carcasses were floating down the river.
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ALL imports from China should be stopped.

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wow, wtf. so why is the government saying then that these dying pigs can be eaten
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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
well.I certainly would not eat the liver from these animals if i were you...because that is what is effected in the poisoning of the dogs and cats....Just took another one of my doggie friends to the doc today and she also has kiddney failure.....with the doc saying that she doubts that she will make it.....now I quite feeding the Diamond Dog Food over 2 months ago and yet they are still coming down with this.....to date in the last 8 months I have lost 9 dogs to this stuff..... huge vet bills and still could not save them. I am MAD as HEll.
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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
well.I certainly would not eat the liver from these animals if i were you...because that is what is effected in the poisoning of the dogs and cats....Just took another one of my doggie friends to the doc today and she also has kiddney failure.....with the doc saying that she doubts that she will make it.....now I quite feeding the Diamond Dog Food over 2 months ago and yet they are still coming down with this.....to date in the last 8 months I have lost 9 dogs to this stuff..... huge vet bills and still could not save them. I am MAD as HEll.
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I would be "mad as hell" too; don't let them lie to you about the shit they are feeding meats and gmo grains. TOXINS!!!

Want to die q long slow death? Watch your pets, and realize what you are in for.
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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
While the presence of a minute amount of a single chemical may (or may not) cause health problems, IMO it's the accumulative effect of dozens, hundreds, of differing chemicals which can cause serious problems over time.

After so many decades of hearing government lies, and seeing government agencies influenced by representatives bought out by large corporations, I just can't believe our agencies anymore.

That's pretty sad, IMO, as the vast majority of individuals in these agencies are honest folks trying to do a good job.

But, the political appointees who run those agencies muffle reality, so long as those realities might harm which ever party is incumbent.

Bottom line: money buys everything.
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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
While the presence of a minute amount of a single chemical may (or may not) cause health problems, IMO it's the accumulative effect of dozens, hundreds, of differing chemicals which can cause serious problems over time.

After so many decades of hearing government lies, and seeing government agencies influenced by representatives bought out by large corporations, I just can't believe our agencies anymore.

That's pretty sad, IMO, as the vast majority of individuals in these agencies are honest folks trying to do a good job.

But, the political appointees who run those agencies muffle reality, so long as those realities might harm which ever party is incumbent.

Bottom line: money buys everything.
 Quoting: itdincor

Let us hope it is not more sinister than that. Let us hope and pray the "Government Scientists" aren't trying their very best to kill/cull us!

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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
Those in Gov never reveal the abuse and fraud until they retire, if at all.
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Re: Government scientists are saying eating meat contaminated with melamine is not harmful
So it begins...the thinning of the herd via slow food poisoning.
Stupid sheep will line up to be first at their local KFC & McD'!

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