Monday, 03 November 2008

Melamine Concerns Widen

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MelamineIn the last several weeks, Romer Labs, an international diagnostic testing lab for the agricultural, food, and feed industries, discovered 30 samples of animal feed to be contaminated with melamine, sourced from China. Melamine is a toxic chemical that is found in plastics, adhesives, and pesticides. Since melamine contains high levels of nitrogen, it is added to food products to make it appear as though those products have higher levels of protein than they actually contain. Adding melamine to food ingredients and products allows China to misrepresent the protein content of food while lowering their production costs.

In early March 2007, many Americans were devastated when their pets became ill or died from pet food that was contaminated with melamine from China. Nearly 100 brands of pet food were recalled. A month later, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) news release indicated that "the ongoing investigation [was] tracing products distributed since August 2006." 

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