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The New York Times reports that while all the attention lately has focused on shipments of wheat gluten from China that contained the toxic compound melamine – which ended up in pet food that sickened or killed dozens of animals – federal officials have now determined that “a manufacturing plant in Ohio was using the same banned substance, melamine, to make binding agents that ended up in feed for farmed fish, shrimp and livestock.

“The problem surfaced after a distributor, concerned about what was in its feed binders after the reports from China, sent the product to a private laboratory for testing.”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that it believes the level of melamine in the foods is so low as to not pose any health risk to human beings.
KC's View:
It is interesting that the Times story notes that it was the manufacturer that determined melamine was being used in its feed – not the government through inspections and oversight. Which speaks to the value of private testing, which the government is resisting when it comes to made cow disease.

It isn’t exactly the same thing, but we think the connection is worth making.