Pet food politics a fascinating new novel investigates the pet food calamities

Were you among the countless concerned dog owners who fought to follow and make sense of the pet food recalls? If so (and what dog owner was not), I call that you will discover Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine to be the most riveting novel you will read this year. Only released by the University of California Press, Pet Food Politics supplies an indepth look in the record-setting (and not in a great way) pet food recalls in 2007.Pet Food Politics is authored by Marion Nestle, PhD, a specialist in human nutrition as well as the food industry. Dr. Nestle (rhymes with pestle, not like the chocolate business) is the Paulette Goddard Professor in Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health (an endowed professorship) at New York University, where she was the department chair from 1988 to 2003.Nestle also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology in NYU's College of Arts and Sciences and as a Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Cornell University. Her degrees include a PhD in molecular biology and an MPH in public health nutrition, both in the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Nestle's credentials in the human food industry transcend academia. She's served as an associate of the FDA Food Advisory Committee and Science Board so that as senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services. In 2004, she was given the American Public Health Association's David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health for her work to shed light on the impact food and nutrition policies have on the country's well-being. She's also author of lots of highly acclaimed books on food as well as the food industry, including Food Politics: How the Food Industry' Influences Nutrition and Health (2002, second edition 2007, both from University of California Press); Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (2003, University of California Press); and Things to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Informed Food Picks and Great Eating (2006, North Point Press).

Exactly why is that this kind of human food pro poking her nose?
Dr. Nestle says that she was conscious that she jumped past the pet food segment of the grocery store, so to speak, when she wrote What to Eat, which was otherwise (as the subtitle describes) an aisle-by aisle guide to making food selections in supermarkets. Given that Malden Nesheim, her life partner, PhD, is a retired specialist in animal and human nourishment, that omission must have been glaring. With her work On Which to Eat finished, Dr. Nestle cooked up the notion of doing a dog and cat variant of the publication with Dr. Nesheim. They signed a contract to coauthor What Pets Eat to the puzzlement and dismay for Harcourt, Nestle says, of a number of the co-workers in human nourishment would they bother with pet nutrients? Who cares? When the pet food recall beginning reach the next month ting the headlines, their co-workers' disapproval melted down in the couple's prescience into wonderment. Because, as it turns out, just about everyone having a dog or cat cares about cat and dog food--particularly when some of it turns out to be fatal. Dr. Nesheim and Dr. Nestle summarized the issues that they needed to cover in What Pets Eat and divided up the research and writing work. Among Dr. Nestle's duties was a little appendix, seen as 10 or so pages that would appear in the rear of the novel, discussing the recalls of spring 2007. Her research in regards to the pet food catastrophe grew in range and sophistication, as well as her fascination for the storyline. The matter took on a life of its own, and grown into a chapter.

The effect is Pet Food Politics, another publication that really got completed in advance of What Pets Eat--mostly due to Dr. Nestle's insatiable desire for more info about the dramatic event. "Every question I'd led to more questions," she laughs. "And not one of my encounter with human food remembers prepared me for how this recall was managed--by the firms involved, government regulators, the media, as well as people."

Genesis of the novel
I first met Drs. Nestle and Nesheim at Global Pet Expo--the world's biggest annual pet industry trade show--in February 2008. They were still deep to the research for What Pets Eat (that's due out from Harcourt late in 2009). I can not tell you how much I loved seeing their immediate response to their first (and quite overwhelming) encounter with a pet business trade show. Held in the tremendous convention centre of San Diego, nearly 800 sellers were featured by the 2008 instalment of International Pet, feet of exhibitor space. square in more than 230,000 The couple was fascinated, exhausted, and incredulous in range as well as the size of the business. We compared notes regarding the businesses that have been marketing pet food, treats, and chews, and I started to get a sense that their forthcoming publications were going to be fairly revelatory, as they discussed their observations with me. This summer, I was thrilled to get an advance copy of Pet Food Politics. I was asked by a publicist for the publication if I'd read it and maybe give a blurb because of its cover. After reading the first chapter, I sent Dr. Nestle an email asking when I could schedule an interview with her to market the novel, because it's excellent.

Pet Food Politics presents the most complete accounts of the 2007 wheat gluten/Menu Foods/ fixing that is Chinese remembers that pet owners are going to get, but in addition provides essential background information about all the sector as a whole as well as the concerned parties. Dr. Nestle presents a comprehensive timeline of events--including all of the developments we read about in the papers, and many that we did not--and then examines the answer of each of the players at each juncture. You are certain to get the solutions in Pet Food Politics in case you have questions regarding the recall. And, in the event the title has not already tipped you off, the novel provides a fascinating look at the broader context of the terrible occasion. Risks of a globalized food supply and every one of the possible disadvantages were emphasized throughout the big event.

Interview with Marion Nestle
I talked with Dr. Nestle only before the publication of Pet Food Politics.Nancy Kerns, WDJ: Hello, Dr. Nestle. The very first thing I would like to say is thanks for writing this novel so much! Itis packed with new info, and a fascinating read for someone who actually followed the storyline at that time. What started your fascination with the recall? Marion Nestle: Pet Food Politics was supposed to be an appendix As to The a larger novel in regards to the whole pet food business, Pets Eat that Mal Nesheim and I are composing. I would compose a 10-page overview of the events around the recalls-- and I got swept up in it; it is this kind of fascinating narrative and! Couldn't believe how hard it was to find out what on earth was going on.I was late getting to the narrative. I used to be on a book tour for the paperback edition of Things to Eat when the recall occurred, and that I could not do the type of monitoring when some food disaster occurs that I am extremely curious in that I normally do. I had been all on hardly able enough to match the journey, and the united states, so most of what I understood about it had been from USA Today. The USA Today reporters, with all the storyline, did a fabulous job incidentally.

It was July 2007 once I eventually sat down to work on what I believed would be an appendix; the initial recall occurred in March. Our research assistant had prepared a timeline of the occasions for another person, because it did not make sense in lots of manners, and that I asked her for her sources. Among the questions I 'd right away was, "Why did it take Menu Foods so long to issue the recall?" I used to be so interested about that; that I could not comprehend why, and it appeared to me a fairly long delay. In attempting to sort out the timeline, I visited the site in regards to the recall, working my way back and beginning in the newest posts. I spent doing that, simply reading the day to day posts on the occasions. I could not believe how much info they'd there--newspaper clippings, FDA hearings, other site posts--only an astonishing achievement.realized: You must have felt like you fell down a rabbit hole ... MN: Yes and no. The reality of a food recall is one thing. But there were so many holes in the storyline that has been not freely unavailable! The narrative as an example, of melamine. In the press reports, it looked as if no one could perhaps envision what melamine may do in pet food--or whether it may cause the effects in cats and dogs that were seen.