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Title: Could this be the problem?
Post by: EBRotts on April 30, 2007, 08:35:54 PM
Rats in a lab were fed straight melanine. They did not get sick, they did not die. Chinese companies have admitted that melamine has been added to feed products for quite some time, so it's probably safe to assume our pets have been consuming it for a long time. So what is different now. What made all the pets ill/die recently. What has changed? Could it be a new, improved product with a different formula that did a better job to boost the protein values?

From the FDA's website regarding the import alert:

IA #99-29, 4/27/07,  IMPORT ALERT #99-29, "DETENTION WITHOUT PHYSICAL
EXAMINATION OF ALL VEGETABLE PROTEIN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA FOR ANIMAL OR HUMAN
FOOD USE DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF MELAMINE AND/OR MELAMINE ANALOGS"


The samples of vegetable proteins that have tested positive for the presence of melamine and melamine analogs have, thus far, been traced to two Chinese firms, Xuzhou Anying  Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd.....

Maybe something like this?? Xuzhou's "latest" product?

http://www.alibaba.com/catalog/11740000/Esb_Protein_Powder.html (http://www.alibaba.com/catalog/11740000/Esb_Protein_Powder.html)

"The latest product esb protein powder which is researched and developed by xuzhou anying biologic technology development Co., ltd. Contains protein 160% -300% , which solves the problem for shortage of protein resource."


Title: Re: Could this be the problem?
Post by: Lynn on April 30, 2007, 10:51:36 PM
Some of us are aware of this.

I have a strong hunch that some things are being taken out of context. When the Chinese say they've been adding melamine for a long time, I don't doubt it. But [unless I'm totally out of bed here] they've been selling this as livestock feed and feed additives. That translates to ruminants, who can easily digest this stuff with no problem at all. It's only been more recently that they've been adding more melamine to the recipe and selling it to pet food manufacturers.

Again, I could be the one who's misunderstanding, though I tend to suspect there's a real messy paperwork trail in terms of purchase orders and resales. I even wonder if American buyers truly understand the difference between an animal with one stomach versus an animal with 4. And do they know exactly what the potential of serious injury is to the animal if given the wrong food?

I also have a hunch that with the unskilled Chinese workers and unregulated quality that precise measurement of NPN's was not a critical issue, as it should have been. Which would explain why some bags in a lot had higher melamine concentrations than others.

If only someone would go underground........in China.......and as an purchasing agent in the US. Oh, the stories I'll bet they could tell.