This finding--melamine in corn gluten--should seal the theory that melamine was added to wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate deliberately .... With this news, Howl 911 believes all pet foods containing additives of any kind from China should be tested for melamine and other contaminates.I couldn't agree more, even though no US or Canadian connection has been reported. Yet. But (again thanks to howl911.com)
This finding also vindicates the claims of many pet parents whose pets were sickened or killed as a result of eating non-Menu Foods brands which did not contain wheat gluten. Virtually all pet foods and many treats contain protein additives in the form of gluten (wheat, corn) or from other grain or vegetable sources (rice, soy, whey), and many of these additives are products of China.
I am sorry to say, but this newest information--combined with the lack of full disclosure from pet food companies as to where they source their raw materials from-- renders ALL commercial pet food suspect.
An independent pathologist, Professor Fred Reyers said the outbreak may not be an isolated incident. He believed there was sufficient evidence to suggest a link between this outbreak and a similar one in Cape Town as well as one in the United States. The source of the contaminant was said to be from raw materials in the food that originated from China.
David Goldstein's post called it ahead of time after he received a tip from an industry insider 2 days ago, here.
Johannesburg - Tests have confirmed that Vets Choice and Royal Canin dog and cat dry pet-food products contained corn gluten contaminated with melamine, says the manufacturer.
The contaminated corn gluten was delivered to Royal Canin by a South African third-party supplier and appears to have originated from China.
Those products subject to the present recall were manufactured by Royal Canin South Africa in its Johannesburg plant between March 08 2007 and April 11 2007 and were sold exclusively in South Africa and Namibia.
Sales of all Vets Choice products were suspended on April 11 2007 and all affected products were being recalled from the market.