If you haven't heard the news, it looks like Chinese food manufacturers didn't learn their lesson last year. This time the issue is with baby formula of all things.
Here's the brief overview. Last year you remember that approximately 4000 dogs and cats fell victim to foods containing melamine tainted wheat gluten. Wheat gluten is used in some products to boost the protein content with a cheaper source of protein from grain and stick the food together. Melamine is typically used in making plastics, which truthfully isn't really that good for you either especially if you heat it up. You can read more about the problems with melamine plates here. Melamine can be used for dog and cat dishes, as well, so if you heat up Muffin's food before serving, please do it in a glass or microwave safe plastic. Melamine also registers as a protein when tested because of the nitrogen content so it is used illegally to boost the protein content of wheat gluten. Protein in wheat fluctuates and prices for wheat and wheat gluten are often based on protein content. So in essence they are risking lives for money.
Melamine cause kidney damage and so far 4 children in China have died and more than 6200 children have developed kidney stones. For reports direct from China, you can read about it on The China Daily website. It is always interesting to see China's take on the situation and compare it to our media sources. The west has been accused of China bashing and I have to agree; our media sometimes makes more of a soap opera out of stories than they need to. In this case, the reports have been pretty consistent.
No baby formula products are sold in North America because they don't meet North American standards for baby food.
It is hard to believe that even though the Chinese food manufacturers knew the damage caused by melamine in pet food, they continued to hide melamine in food sources. And they laughed at me when I insisted in including an ethics section when I taught in Nanjing.