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Tue 01 May 2007

Melamine filler an open secret in China

Category : meow

"Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China." By DAVID BARBOZA and ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO. New York Times, 30 April 2007.

"For years, producers of animal feed all over China have secretly supplemented their feed with the substance, called melamine, a cheap additive that looks like protein in tests, even though it does not provide any nutritional benefits, according to melamine scrap traders and agricultural workers here."

... huge boiler vats are turning coal into melamine, which is then used to create plastics and fertilizer. ... leftover melamine scrap, golf ball-size chunks of white rock, is sometimes being sold to local agricultural entrepreneurs, who say they mix a powdered form of the scrap into animal feed to deceive those who raise animals into thinking they are buying feed that is high in protein.

See earlier blog post for the context on the pet food recall and melamine in wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate: "Melamine contamination in pet food - this time in rice." Otterman speaks, 20 Apr 2007.

Thanks to Alvin for the link.

Update - Itchmo links: The Pet Food Recall Help Page - "Recall Update: Tuesday".

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