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chatnoir
April 9th 07, 10:40 PM
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/04072007/business-b-china.pet.food.html

headline:

Pet food probe

By Alexa Olesen
Associated Press

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BEIJING -- China is investigating U.S. claims that a Chinese company
exported contaminated wheat gluten implicated in pet deaths in the
United States, a Chinese official said Friday, the first time the
government has weighed in on the issue.

"We are investigating this," said Zeng Xing, an official with the
press office of the General Administration of Quality Supervision,
Inspection and Quarantine.

The administration monitors the export of food, animals and farm
products.

It is the first recent high-profile incident of a tainted product
being exported. In domestic cases "" such as one involving drug
regulators who took bribes to approve shoddy drugs "" the government
has stepped in and promised investigations. ...

excerpt:

Melamine is used to make plastic kitchenware, glues, countertops,
fabrics, fertilizers and flame retardants. It also is both a
contaminant and byproduct of several pesticides, including cyromazine,
according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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FDA pet food recall: www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html