Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Melamine Found in Pet Food Unlikely to Pose Threat to Humans

Article in the New York Times -- Pet Food Chemical Unlikely to Pose Threat to Humans, Experts Say, as U.S. Continues Inquiry, by Donald G. McNeil, Jr.  Here's an excerpt:

Toxicologists monitoring the American food supply for traces of melamine after it was found in imported ingredients in the contaminated pet food that has killed at least 16 dogs and cats and sickened thousands of others said yesterday that even if there were small amounts of it in the American food supply, it would be unlikely to pose much of a threat to humans.

Sampling thus far by the Food and Drug Administration for melamine, which has also been detected in chicken feed on some farms in Indiana, has not turned up the chemical in food meant for humans, and the trace amounts found in some poultry feed — and hog feed — would presumably be excreted or broken down by the animals before they were slaughtered, scientists and federal officials said.

Also, a survey of poison control centers, veterans’ hospitals and a sample of private hospitals across the country by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found no increase in reports of kidney diseases, the most likely indicator of melamine poisoning, said Bernadette Burden, a C.D.C. spokeswoman.

Here's a link to a related article in the Washington Post -- Millions Of Chickens Fed Tainted Pet Food: Risk to Consumers Minimal, FDA Says, by Rick Weiss.

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