It’s going to be a bumpy ride. I am told by Food and Water Watch, the USDA is planning to visit China in mid March 2013 in preparation for chicken imports from China for human consumption. I guess more than 500 dead pets isn’t enough evidence for USDA.
Tony Corbo – Senior Lobbyist for Food and Water Watch tells me “USDA is sending an audit team to China beginning on March 4. They will be there until the 19th. The team is to report back as to whether China can export processed poultry for human consumption to U.S.”
Poultry from China has been tested to contain illegal drug residues by the NY Department of Agriculture; illegal sulfa drugs. To which we suspect many pets were allergic to and thus suffered deadly allergic response to. Now guess what is going to happen to people who are allergic to sulfa drugs?
Dr. Daniel More, MD states:
The antibiotic sulfonamides are different structurally from the non-antibiotic sulfonamides, and appear to be much more likely to result in allergic reactions. Many of the sulfa non-antibiotics, therefore, do not cause problems in people with sulfa antibiotic allergy.
How common is sulfa allergy?
The overall incidence of adverse drug reactions to sulfa antibiotics is approximately 3%, similar to other antibiotics such as penicillin. Certain groups appear to be at higher risk for sulfa allergy, including those that metabolize these medications more slowly and those with immune problems such as AIDS.
What symptoms are common in sulfa allergy?
Skin reactions. Skin reactions are the most common adverse reactions to sulfa medications, ranging from various benign rashes to life-threatening Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. Hives and increased sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity) are also possible. There is a possibility that if the sulfa medication is continued despite a mild rash occurring, the rash could progress to a more severe form of skin reaction.
Liver and kidney injury. People with sulfa allergy may also develop a type of hepatitis, and kidney failure, as a result of sulfa medications.
Lung reactions. Sulfa allergy can also affect the lung, with pneumonia-like reactions, worsening asthma and vasculitis occurring.
Blood reactions. Sulfa allergy can also affect various blood cells, resulting in decreased white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets, through an immunologic-mediated manner.
How is sulfa allergy diagnosed?
There is no skin test or blood test available to diagnose sulfa allergy. Therefore, the diagnosis is made when a person, who is taking a sulfonamide medication, experiences symptoms consistent with those seen in sulfa allergy.
And guess what…there won’t be any warnings on that can of soup or that TV dinner – ‘Warning – this food could contain illegal sulfa drugs that could result in death.’ Consumers won’t know if their food contains Chinese chicken until…
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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