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Melamine Spiking

April 29th, 2007, 03:32 PM
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We will just let the story speak for itself. No more denials, no more hemming and hawing by the FDA. Time to take massive cautionary action is now. It's not just animal feed anymore. It's not just pet food. It's a crisis. It's been going on for years.

Highlights below from the IHT article:

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.

"It just saves money," says a manager at an animal feed factory here. "Melamine scrap is added to animal feed to boost the protein level."

The practice is widespread in China. For years animal feed sellers have been able to cheat buyers by blending the powder into feed with little regulatory supervision, according to interviews with melamine scrap traders and agricultural workers here.

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April 29th, 2007, 03:34 PM
We use corn, they use melamine.:sad:

April 29th, 2007, 03:42 PM
Most local feed companies do not admit that they use melamine. But last Friday here in Zhangqiu, a fast-growing industrial city southeast of Beijing, a pair of animal feed producers explained in great detail how they purchase low-grade wheat, corn, soybean or other proteins and then mix in small portions of nitrogen-rich melamine, whose chemical properties give a bag of animal feed an inflated protein level under standard tests.

“If you add it in small quantities, it won’t hurt the animals,” said one animal feed entrepreneur whose name is being withheld to protect him from prosecution.

The man - who works in a small animal feed operation that consists of a handful of storage and mixing areas - said he has mixed melamine into animal feed for years.

It's time for the American and Canadian governments to ban food imports from China. :yell: :mad:

April 29th, 2007, 05:03 PM
That is awful:frustrated: :sad: :yell:

April 29th, 2007, 05:15 PM
This makes me feel like puking :yuck: .

April 29th, 2007, 06:47 PM
So in your guys' opinions, does this make it more or less likely that whole grains (like brown rice, ground corn, etc) have been adulterated? They mention adding melamine to "animal feed".

April 29th, 2007, 09:11 PM
"At the moment", I don't think we have to be worried about whole grains.

May 1st, 2007, 12:07 AM
:eek: :yell: :eek: :mad: :frustrated:

How much of this crap have I ingested, not to mention how much my poor furbabies have been exposed to...

If something isn't many more will be :sick:

May 1st, 2007, 05:50 AM
What the article does not say is "why now"?

If the malamine has been added to the food for years, why now, why this batch - did they start adding more? :mad:

Has anyone read any more on this?

May 1st, 2007, 08:08 AM
What really bothers me is how we read nothing more about this,don't see it on the news:evil:
It's as if everything is ok now,or is our government trying to avoid a panic situation.
The Chinese government did not care,when 30 human babies died from contaminated dry milk,but I would hope,but have no great expectations,our gov will get their butts in gear!!