|Additive that tainted U.S. pet food is commonly used in China
By David Barboza and Alexei Barrionuevo The New York Times
Sunday, April 29, 2007
American food safety regulators trying to figure out how an industrial chemical called melamine contaminated so much pet food in the United States might come to this heavily polluted city in Shandong Province in the northern part of the country.
Here at the Shandong Mingshui Great Chemical Group factory, huge boiler vats are turning coal into melamine, which is used to create plastics and fertilizer.
But the leftover melamine scrap, small acorn-sized chunks of white rock, is then being sold to local entrepreneurs, who say they secretly mix a powdered form of the scrap into animal feed to artificially enhance the protein level.
The melamine powder has been dubbed “fake protein” and is used to deceive those who raise animals into thinking they are buying feed that provides higher nutrition value.
The link that the above article is getting their info on is not working, so I suppose the above link itself has to be taken at face value for the moment. But doesn't it seem to confirm our suspicions? Kind of one of those moments where you think the next day will be the last in the face of all of these pet food/animal feed contaminations...but this makes it one of those, this is going to change the country types of feelings, right before the storm hits. Does the phrase 'it gets worse before it gets better' still apply?
Does anyone remember feeling like this when Diamond had that problem, what, last year?
(I hadn't seen this anywhere, but if I am out of place, or it is already being discussed, I apologize and feel free to remove) : )