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Why Pet Food Recalls

Postby maverick » Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:02 pm

Last year FDA got to know that the ingredients being imported into US for making pet food were contaminated.
It was also implied that many of the ingredients imported for pet foods were also sometimes diverted to make feed for other animals including farm animals.
Many of these farm animals had finally been consumed by humans so that even humans are at risk because of the initial faulty ingredients.
Allegedly all the contaminated imports came from China. The imports labeled wheat gluten contained believe it or not 'Melamine'.
For those who are not familiar, Melamine is an organic base with the chemical formula C3H6N6, with the IUPAC name 1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine. It is only slightly soluble in water. Melamine is a trimer of cyanamide. Like cyanamide, it is 66% nitrogen (by mass) and provides fire retardant properties to resin formulas by releasing nitrogen when burned or charred. Dicyandiamide (or cyanoguanidine), the dimer of cyanamide, is also used as a fire retardant.
Melamine is a metabolite of cyromazine, a pesticide. It is formed in the body of mammals who have ingested cyromazine. It was also reported that cyromazine is converted to melamine in plants.
Melamine has a host of uses, ranging from production of melamine resin, a very durable thermosetting plastic, and of melamine foam, a polymeric cleaning product. The end products include countertops, dry erase boards, fabrics, glues, housewares and flame retardants. Melamine is one of the major components in Pigment Yellow 150, a colorant in inks and plastics.
Melamine is also used to make fertilizers.
Melamine derivatives of arsenical drugs are potentially important in the treatment of African trypanosomiasis
Melamine use as non-protein nitrogen (NPN) for cattle was described in a 1958 patent. In 1978, however, a study concluded that melamine "may not be an acceptable nonprotein N source for ruminants" because its hydrolysis in cattle is slower and less complete than other nitrogen sources such as cottonseed meal and urea.
Melamine has a toxic potential, though earlier it was presumed to be a safe or least toxic substance. Latest reseach indicates that even though Melamine is low in toxicity but it may accumulate in the body over a period of time. It is an irritant for skin and eyes. Ingestion of melamine may lead to reproductive damage, or bladder or kidney stones, which can lead to bladder cancer.

The practice of adding "melamine scrap" to animal feed is reported to be widespread in China in order to give the appearance of increased protein content in animal feed. Melamine has also been purposely added as a binder to fish and livestock feed manufactured in the United States and traced to suppliers in Ohio and Colorado. The presence of melamine has not been conclusively linked to the deaths of animals, as this chemical was previously thought to be non-toxic at low doses.
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Re: Why Pet Food Recalls

Postby jenniferchristy » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:44 pm

Nice article... thanks for sharing i hope this will be useful for all who have pets in their home...
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Re: Why Pet Food Recalls

Postby hippocampus » Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:44 pm

Can you believe that this has happened again when Malamine found in milk for baby? It was so disgusting :evil:
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Re: Why Pet Food Recalls

Postby tylerjones553 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:36 am

Yes that's a very nice article people should be aware of this thing before buying any dog supplies for there pets.
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Re: Why Pet Food Recalls

Postby davidchatman » Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:43 am

Nice and Interesting article. Thank you very much for sharing.
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