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Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine

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ISBN13: 9780520257818
ISBN10: 0520257812
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Publisher Comments:

"Pet Food Politics is a first class example of investigative journalism exposing one of the challenges of globalization of our food supply. It's required reading for anyone who wants to understand the implications of globalization and the importance of quality control in all our food."—Allen M. Schoen, MS, DVM, author of Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live

"Provocative, well-researched, and insightful, Pet Food Politics is a page-turner and a must-read for people who care as much about the quality and safety of the food in their pets' bowls as they do about the food on their own plates. This in-depth study reads like a thriller, and will make consumers reconsider trusting the 'hand' that feeds them."—Claudia Kawczynska, Editor in Chief, The Bark

"Pet Food Politics offers the most detailed account we'll ever get of the 2007 pet food recalls—even for those of us who closely followed the story. What's more, Marion Nestle uses the specifics of this event to reveal the inadequacies of the agents and policies that are supposed to safeguard U.S. pet food. While Pet Food Politics will be fascinating to pet owners, given the myriad connections between the human food and pet food industries, this is an important book for anyone who eats."—Nancy Kerns, Editor, Whole Dog Journal

"How pet food is produced—and its parallels to the manufacturing of human food—should be of concern to everyone, not just to those who love animals. In her expert examination of the pet food industry, Dr. Nestle tells a story as compelling as any mystery. You'll never look at the pet-food aisle the same way again—or your own food, either."—Gina Spadafori, Universal Press Syndicate pet-care columnist and bestselling pet-book author

Praise for Marion Nestle's previous work:

"Marion Nestle . . . explains what the industrialization of the food supply in this country has done to both the taste and the safety of the foods we eat."—Alice Waters, author of The Art of Simple Food

"Marion Nestle has emerged as one of the most sane, knowledgeable, and independent voices in the current debate over the health and safety of the American food system."—Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food

"Pet Food Politics reads like a detective story in which each new clue points to a greater crime than the one we started out investigating. Marion Nestle makes an overwhelming case for the inadequacy of our present system of monitoring food safety."—Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation

Synopsis:

Marion Nestle, acclaimed author of Food Politics, now tells the gripping story of how, in early 2007, a few telephone calls about sick cats set off the largest recall of consumer products in U.S. history and an international crisis over the safety of imported goods ranging from food to toothpaste, tires, and toys. Nestle follows the trail of tainted pet food ingredients back to their source in China and along the supply chain to their introduction into feed for pigs, chickens, and fish in the United States, Canada, and other countries throughout the world. What begins as a problem "merely" for cats and dogs soon becomes an issue of tremendous concern to everyone. Nestle uncovers unexpected connections among the food supplies for pets, farm animals, and people and identifies glaring gaps in the global oversight of food safety.

About the Author

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. She is author of the award-winning Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised and expanded edition, UC Press), Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (UC Press), and What to Eat, among other books. She serves as nutrition coeditor of The Bark magazine.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. A Recall to Break All Records

2. A Brief Historical Digression

3. The Sequence of Events

4. What Is Menu Foods?

5. Menu's Muddled Response: What, When, and Where

6. The Cat and Dog Body Count

7. A Toxic False Alarm: Aminopterin

8. At Last the Culprit: Melamine

9. Melamine: A Source of Dietary Nitrogen

10. Melamine: A Fraudulent Adulterant, But Puzzling

11. How Much Melamine Was in the Pet Food?

12. Mystery Solved: Cyanuric Acid

13. The China Connection

14. More Melamine: Rice and Corn “Proteins”

15. More Melamine Eaters: Farm Animals and People

16. The FDA's Response

17. Repercussion #1: China's Food Safety System

18. Repercussion #2: The China Backlash

19. Repercussion #3: The FDA in Crisis

20. Repercussion #4: Pet Food Politics

Appendix: The Melamine Recalls List

Notes

List of Tables and Figures

Acknowledgments

Index

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Maine1, July 4, 2011 (view all comments by Maine1)
Very eye opening book relating to how pet food is produced in America. It was both scary and enlightening to read about the melamine disaster including learning all the players in that tragedy and how they acted and reacted as the saga unfolded.

As a long time pet owner I have become increasingly concerned about the safety of what I feed my animals. This book reinforced my views that the safe guards that we believed were there were never there and so-called premium foods were just as likely to be contaminated as Walmart brand Ol Roy since so many brands, premium and grocery store, were made by the same manufacturer.

Also extremely upsetting was finding out how the tainted products ended up in the human food supply. I'd rate this book a must read for anyone concerned about his dog or cats diet.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520257818
Author:
Nestle, Marion
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Pets
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Safety
Subject:
Pets - Feeding and feeds - Contamination -
Subject:
Product recall -- United States.
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
Agriculture & Food
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 line illustrations, 9 tables
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8.12x5.98x.91 in. .93 lbs.

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Marion Nestle, acclaimed author of Food Politics, now tells the gripping story of how, in early 2007, a few telephone calls about sick cats set off the largest recall of consumer products in U.S. history and an international crisis over the safety of imported goods ranging from food to toothpaste, tires, and toys. Nestle follows the trail of tainted pet food ingredients back to their source in China and along the supply chain to their introduction into feed for pigs, chickens, and fish in the United States, Canada, and other countries throughout the world. What begins as a problem "merely" for cats and dogs soon becomes an issue of tremendous concern to everyone. Nestle uncovers unexpected connections among the food supplies for pets, farm animals, and people and identifies glaring gaps in the global oversight of food safety.
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