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Import Restrictions

After placing an order for several items on Big Al's web site yesterday
afternoon, I received a call later in the day, saying they'd be unable to
ship the Tetramin flake food I had ordered.  When I asked why, I was told
that the FDA had slapped a ban on the import (Big Al's is in Canada),
because of the danger of mad cow disease!

After I thought about it awhile, I called back to be sure I had understood
correctly.  Yes, the lady told me, they were unable to ship, because fish
food contained "animal protein."  But, if the label can be believed, the
ingredients are: fish meal, yeast, brown rice, shrimp meal, wheat gluten,
potato, oat meal, soybean meal, soybean oil, fish oil, algae meal, vitamin
C, and some chemicals and colors.  Which of those, I wonder, are the
"animal products" which could pose a danger of mad cow disease?

I was unable to phone Tetra Sales, USA, to ask them about the problem.
They don't seem to have a listed phone number.  So, I guess it's back to
the LFS for fish food.  But, the lady also told me, even local dealers
will soon be unable to supply Tetra food, because it's made in Germany.
Welcome to Bizarro World.

John T. Fitch
E-mail: jtfitch at spamcop_net
Web Site: www.fitchfamily.com/aquarium.html