Food for Thought

April 18th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The NYT reported last week that a Chinese biotech plant may be responsible for melamine-contaminated pet food that caused deaths or illness in thousands of American housepets and resulted in a panicked national recall of pet food.

“XUZHOU, China, April 10 — Behind an unmarked gate in this booming city well north of Shanghai lies a large building at the heart of an investigation over tainted pet food that has killed at least 16 cats and dogs in the United States, sickened 12,000 and prompted a nationwide recall.


This is the property of the Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Company, a small agricultural products business that investigators have identified as the source of contaminated wheat gluten that was shipped to a major pet food supplier in the United States.

Some American regulators suspect there was deliberate mixing of substances. They are looking into the possibility that melamine, the chemical linked to the pets’ deaths, was mixed into the wheat gluten in China as a way to bolster the protein content, according to a person who was briefed on the investigation.”

Oh heavens, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping the rumors aren’t true. Mostly because of the fact that the incident would most certainly perforate agricultural trade between the States and China. But also because we’ve already suffered through decades of dog-eating jokes; I’m not sure I can handle the dog murder ones.

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