FDA: Pet food taint may have been intentional

SANDUSKY The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday a chemical linked to a large U.S. pet food r
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday a chemical linked to a large U.S. pet food recall has been found in another ingredient -- and it's possible it was intentionally injected.

In a nationwide news conference, the FDA announced melamine, used in plastics and fertilizer, has turned up in rice protein concentrate imported from China and shipped to five pet food makers.

Stephen Sundlof, head of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said the agency is investigating the possibility it was purposely tainted with melamine.

Amy Porter, Erie County Humane Society director, said her staff was able to locate tainted food before it reached pets at her facility.