Friday, April 06, 2007

Remember Thompson's Warning Re: Food Supply

posted by Bill Arnett @ 12:20 PM Permalink

There are a couple of things that come immediately to mind regarding the pet food recall.

One, that in an effort to save possibly a few pennies a can, which would be quite significant with pet food a $4 billion dollar a year industry, the pet food suppliers bought the very cheapest wheat glutin available and then failed to test it for foreign chemicals or substances before tossing it into the pet food chain. Now hundreds of pets are dead, including my beloved Boston Terrier, Mila's Goliath, and day-to-day and minute-to-minute constant companion, who, without any conceivable or observable cause literally dropped dead while playing with my other two Bosties. I'll never know if it was the Purina Alpo foods in gravy or not, but G-dog (Goliath's nickname) died within one week of a health check-up that showed he was in perfect health.

Second, it always struck me as weird that when Tommy Thompson retired as health secretary, he openly said that he was very surprised that the terrorists has not yet struck at our very vulnerable food chain.

What better way to find out just how vulnerable food-producers and canners are to "the big deal", a product so far under their current cost that everyone jumps on board to buy the super-cheap product to increase their profit margin and keep up with the competition? Especially if it is known that the super-cheap product will not be checked for chemicals and poisons?

I think we may be very lucky that, in this case, the product involved wasn't made for human consumption, but had it been, it could be hundreds of Americans dying instead of their pets.

We the people are the ones who would suffer from such an attack, as apparently there are no longer adequate inspections of food products entering the country. Yet again another hallmark of the now infamous incompetency of bush/cheney.

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At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said we could be lucky that it was our pets, instead of people, Its the same our pets are like furry people to us. They are like our children to many of us.

At 6:01 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...


I'm so sorry to hear about G dog. My sincere condolences.

Pets are very important to us, one of the reasons I don't have pets anymore is I can't stand the loss again.

And especially a loss due to causes that were easily prevented.

Good night and good luck.

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Bill Arnett said...

Thank you, Sailor. G-dog had only just turned ten and was my constant companion and friend.

I remember a CK Chesterton quote (maybe not exactly, but very close) where he said, "The nicest thing about a dog is that when you get down on the ground to play and make an absolute fool of yourself, not only will the dog not laugh, but he will happily make a fool of himself playing with you."

That was G-dog, ever the clown and always willing to make a fool of himself right along with me. R.I.P., best of good dogs.


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