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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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  -FDA releases name of wheat gluten exporter rumpel  Apr-01-07 06:20 PM   #0 
  - Thank you  havocmom   Apr-01-07 06:21 PM   #1 
  - welcome. also in the link to itchmo  rumpel   Apr-01-07 06:27 PM   #2 
     - So this company exports people food too it looks like.  Lex   Apr-01-07 06:28 PM   #3 
  - I don't think they can, because...  PhilipShore   Apr-01-07 06:31 PM   #4 
  - On the same site above  rumpel   Apr-01-07 06:41 PM   #5 
  - Why doesn't this surprise me....?  tbyg52   Apr-01-07 06:47 PM   #8 
  - Interesting comments from Durbin's press release  fasttense   Apr-01-07 06:43 PM   #6 
  - wow, it implies that there are that many sick animals n/t  rumpel   Apr-01-07 06:45 PM   #7 
  - On inspections  rumpel   Apr-01-07 06:50 PM   #9 
     - The Bush Administration  Turbineguy   Apr-01-07 06:56 PM   #10 
     - pet food factories are only searched upon complaint. Some have never been checked  Shallah   Apr-02-07 01:40 AM   #22 
  - Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology  C_U_L8R   Apr-01-07 07:08 PM   #11 
  - I think they also make soylent green.  Tom Joad   Apr-01-07 07:14 PM   #12 
  - You must be in my age group; I remember soylent green  laugle   Apr-01-07 09:17 PM   #18 
  - What is the purpose of melamine?  DemReadingDU   Apr-01-07 07:27 PM   #13 
  - According to a USA Today article I just read  magellan   Apr-01-07 09:23 PM   #19 
  - It looks to me as if they're still selling wheat gluten for human consumption.  femmedem   Apr-01-07 07:47 PM   #14 
  - And they're listing it for sale for human consumption here as well:  femmedem   Apr-01-07 07:59 PM   #15 
  - I suggest imposing a memoritoriam on all imported food from China.  w4rma   Apr-01-07 09:01 PM   #16 
  - Anyone involved  Raine   Apr-01-07 09:08 PM   #17 
  - kick--Guilty bastards  Nikki Stone1   Apr-02-07 12:03 AM   #20 
  - the scariest part of this all is  rumpel   Apr-02-07 12:10 AM   #21 
  - what does this mean?  druidity33   Apr-02-07 03:25 PM   #24 
     - to my knowl. GM wheat isn't in production  crikkett   Apr-02-07 08:12 PM   #25 
  - K&R... Thank you for posting this!  Rhiannon12866   Apr-02-07 08:04 AM   #23 
 

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