Dear Catster reader,

Almost two years ago, we invested numerous resources and rebuilt the Catster community. With new hardware, software and personnel, we did our best to satisfy the many users who shared their thoughts, pictures, questions, and love for and of their pets with us and friends. It was a thriving community with many users. We hoped, however, there would be more like you.

Times and habits have changed and we are sad to announce that the Catster community will be closing down on July 20, 2019.

Catster magazine, and the associated social media sites are NOT shutting down. We encourage you to continue reading the content found in the pages of the magazine and the web sites, commenting through the mechanisms provided and sharing your ideas and comments with us and your fellow readers.

Instructions for accessing pet profiles were shared with everyone in 2017. The instructions can be found elsewhere within the forum. AFTER JULY 20TH, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THIS CONTENT. And, effective immediately, we are no longer able to answer questions about the community.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you through our magazine and website.



Hazel_LucyHazel_Lucy PurrsvilleMember Posts: 6,156 ✭✭✭
edited 13 May, 2007 in Food & Nutrition
FDA warning about Chinese Food Vegetable Proteins - risk to humans, especially pregnant women: Full story: warns-against-major-health-risks_20070509 FDA Warns Staff On Major Melamine Health Risks May 9th, 2007 Itchmo has learned that the FDA has issued a surveillance order for Chinese vegetable proteins including corn gluten and wheat products based on the pet food contamination on May 1. Despite repeated FDA statements saying that there is no risk to human health from contaminated pigs and chickens, the FDA surveillance order indicates otherwise. It even states: Pregnant women should not perform this assignment. FDA document quote: \"Melamine and additional related contaminants have been found in concentrations of up to 20% in analyzed samples. The MSDS for pure melamine is attached as Attachment B and includes warnings “to avoid breathing dust, avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing”. Chronic exposure may cause cancer or reproductive damage.\" Clearly, the FDA is concerned with the safety of their own staff’s exposure to melamine-tainted foods. Despite this warning, the FDA told the press and us yesterday that animals that ate tainted foods were safe for human consumption. I\'m fasting!


  • Jenna LuskJenna Lusk Pacific NWMember Posts: 2,034
    edited 13 May, 2007
    Our family is eating all natural, all organic, all homemade food when we can. Things mommy can't make (which are many, as she is a lousy cook), she gets from local retailers who use only organic, locally grown products). Still, she's a nervous wreck about all this. We have no faith in the FDA. It's up to us to do all the research and make sure our food is safe. The FDA is a sham.
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