Pet food contamination

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2008:

Hartz Mountain Inc. on February 11, 2008 named American SPCA
Poison Control Center director Steven R. Hansen “2007 Veterinarian of
the Year” for his response to the March 2007 international recall of
pet food that was contaminated with the coal byproduct melamine by
the Chinese makers of wheat glutens used as an ingredient. Adding
melamine produced a chemical reaction that caused tests to indicate
that the glutens contained more protein than they did–and killed
1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs, according to complaints reaching the U.S.
Food & Drug Administration.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas City on February 6,
2008 issued 52 felony indictments in the case against Xuzhou Anying
Biologic Technology Development Co., of Jiangsu Province, China,
and Suzhou Textiles, Silk, Light Industrial Products Arts & Crafts
I/E Co., of Suzhou, China, for introducing adulterated and
misbranded food into interstate commerce. ChemNutra Inc. of Las
Vegas and ChemNutra owners Sally Quing Miller and Stephen S. Miller
were hit with misdemeanor versions of the charges, plus a felony
count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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