Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine [NOOK Book]

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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, ...
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Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

For author and public health professor Nestle (Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health), the March 2007 pet food recall was the canary in the coal mine that would lead to a blitz of questions regarding the safety of imported food and goods. Begging comparison with Sinclair's The Jungle, Nestle begins with a real-life whodunit, tracing an outbreak of kidney failure deaths among cats and then dogs. A major pet food manufacturer had recently switched wheat gluten suppliers, paying 20 to 30 percent less to a broker importing from China (natch). Soon, it's revealed that two Chinese suppliers were passing off cheaper, toxic additives as gluten. As Nestle demonstrates, it's the tip of the iceberg; unraveling the links among "food safety, health policy, international trade, and the relationship of corporations to government," Nestle examines continuing food scandals, as well as the Chinese toy scare. Nestle finds most fault with the FDA; "still operating under food and drug laws passed in 1906 and modified in 1938," it's a systematically underfunded organization with an ever-increasing mandate and ever-shrinking powers of oversight. Though informative, this quick, clarifying read might easily make you sick to your stomach.
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From the Publisher

"A detective story that identifies plenty of perpetrators as well as victims. . . .[Warns] that the problems wouldn't stop with animals"--Atlantic

"Informative. . . Begging comparison with Sinclair's The Jungle."--Publishers Weekly

"Fantastically readable."--Food & Wine

"Iluminate(s) the connections between the food supplies of humans, farm animals and pets. . . . Highlight(s) the broader failings of food regulation."--The Economist

"Nestle is one of the best writers on the general subject of the food industry. . .. Guaranteed to get you thinking."--Booklist

Atlantic

“A detective story that identifies plenty of perpetrators as well as victims. . . .[Warns] that the problems wouldn't stop with animals”
Food & Wine

“Fantastically readable.”
The Economist

“Iluminate(s) the connections between the food supplies of humans, farm animals and pets. . . . Highlight(s) the broader failings of food regulation.”
Financial Times

“A serious investigative tome.”
Casper Star Tribune Sunday

“A call to action that we can all hope the new Obama administration hears before there's a repeat of the tragedy.”
Booklist

“Nestle is one of the best writers on the general subject of the food industry. . .. Guaranteed to get you thinking.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Like a good novel, the book is a quick, even entertaining read. The message, however, is one that demands paying attention.”
Sacramento Bee

“A call to action that we can all hope the new Obama administration hears before there's a repeat of the tragedy.”
The Daily Citizen - Gina Spadafori

“The information and its implications are eye-opening. It’s a call to action that we can all hope the new Obama administration hears.”
Alternet.org

“Reads like a gripping murder mystery.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520941984
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,231,662
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet 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.
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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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