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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 09:23 PM
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19. According to a USA Today article I just read
...because I was wondering the same thing, it's used as a slow-release fertilizer.

It also isn't supposed to be very toxic. From that article:

Pet food recall spreads, and so does confusion - USATODAY.com, April 1, 2007

snip...

Though the industry expressed relief that the culprit appears to have been found, toxicologists are baffled. Scientific literature says melamine is not very toxic, says Steven Hansen, a veterinary toxicologist and director of the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center in Urbana, Ill.

Levels for the melamine were as high as 6.6% of the wheat gluten, FDA's Sundlof says.

That would mean if a wet pet food contained even 5% wheat gluten, it would have 3,300 parts per million melamine, Hansen says.

But a study on dogs in 1953 fed them 30,000 parts per million of melamine for one year and "nothing happened," says James Popp, president of the Society of Toxicology.

Hansen notes that cats are more sensitive to toxins than dogs.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-01-pet-food...
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