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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

New Melamine and Cyanuric Acid Theory...


Here's an article that I think that many of you will be interested in.

Chinese Businesses Say Animal Feed Commonly Laced with Mildly Toxic Melamine

"We've been running the melamine feed business for about 15 years and receiving positive responses from our customers," Wang said in a telephone interview.

"Using the proper quantity of melamine will not harm the animals. Our products are very safe, for sure," Wang said.

Although apparently widely practiced in China, concern over the use of melamine arose only in March, after the U.S. recall of nearly 100 brands of pet food made with wheat gluten contaminated by the chemical. Adding melamine to food is illegal under U.S. law, and China's government last week said it was banning its use in food products.

Cyanuric acid, which was found in urine samples from animals that died, and melamine, a compound identified in the gluten found in the recalled pet food, react with one another to form crystals that may block kidney function, researchers at the University of Guelph said Friday.

...Adding melamine raises the nitrogen level of feed, making it appear that the feed is higher in protein without increasing its nutritional value. That makes it attractive to makers of feed for stock animals such as pigs, chickens, and fish, as well as companies that make prepared foods for household pets such as cats and dogs.

..."As far as I know, there are no rules of regulations that make this illegal. As to whether melamine is toxic or not, I believe it won't do any harm if there is only very small amount," Ji said. "Otherwise, those companies could not do that."

Calls to China's food safety regulator, the State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection & Quarantine, rang unanswered Monday afternoon.

Tainted animal feed is merely the latest revelation about China's food safety woes, ranging from dye-tainted fish, and fake baby formula to the alleged use of ingredients intended for animal consumption to make snack foods.

I'm sooo glad I don't shop for groceries in China.

Hopefully, our food manufacturers will quit shopping there and buy their ingredients here in the United States.


(Bold is my emphasis.)

AVMA Press Release

For More Information:
Tom McPheron
Phone: 847-285-6781
Cell: 773-494-5419
e-mail: tmcpheron@avma.org


May 1, 2007

Melamine and Cyanuric Acid Interaction May Play Part in Illness and Death from Recalled Pet Food

— Tests conducted on contaminated pet food and necropsies from affected animals have resulted in a new theory to explain how animals are being adversely affected by contaminated pet foods. A chemical reaction between melamine and cyanuric acid is suspected of forming crystals and blocking kidney function.

The investigation into contaminated pet food has focused on melamine contamination of ingredients imported from China, such as wheat gluten, rice protein concentrate and corn gluten (imported into South Africa). It is now believed that cyanuric acid, as well as melamine, has been found in urine samples from animals that died.

Analysis of the crystals in the kidneys of affected animals have revealed that they are approximately 70 percent cyanuric acid and 30 percent melamine, and are extremely insoluble. Furthermore, tests mixing melamine and cyanuric acid in samples of cat urine resulted in almost immediate formation of crystals that were identical to crystals found in the kidneys of affected animals. Two other melamine- related substances—ammelide and ammeline—may also play roles and are under investigation.

As the recalls continue, the AVMA reminds pet owners and veterinarians that over 98 percent of pet foods are still deemed safe and haven't been recalled. The FDA is currently testing 100 percent of wheat gluten, rice protein concentrate, corn gluten, corn meal, soy protein, and rice bran being imported from China for these contaminants. The most recent pet food recalls have been undertaken proactively, due to association with involved ingredients and suppliers rather than as the result of complaints that animals that have consumed the food and become ill.

Most affected cats and dogs are recovering through use of standard fluid therapy and supportive care. The AVMA urges all veterinarians who have seen animals they suspect have been affected by a contaminated pet food to submit their findings to an ongoing survey. This survey is being conducted by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and is accessible at http://www.aavld.org.

The AAVLD Web site also offers a protocol for sample submission and a list of accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratories. It is important to note that samples from the kidneys should not be preserved in formalin, as the crystals seem to dissolve over time in formalin. Instead, they should be preserved in 100 percent ethanol or snap-frozen in OCT medium and sent to a diagnostic laboratory on dry ice.

A comprehensive AVMA Pet Food Recall List is available at http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/products.asp. The AVMA Pet Food Recall List contains all recall information that has come to the attention of the AVMA, but it is not guaranteed to be complete. The AVMA encourages all concerned to contact the specific manufacturer regarding the status of any particular pet food or treat.

For more information, please visit the AVMA web site at www.avma.org.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kidney stones, gall stones, stones of all shapes and sizes have been erupting everywhere in every body over the past few years. We have had calcifications in the lungs, the liver, the kidneys, sticky heart valves, the feet, the wrists, the ears...you think there could possibly be a connection with all this cyanuric acid and melamine discovery? Maybe this stuff is in OUR gluten that we use to make human food products. I know they use cyanuric acid in drinking water to help stabilize the chlorine. A chemical company by the name of OxyChem out of Dallas Texas sells a line of products to municipalities to "sanitize drinking water". It's called Occidental Chemical Corporation - the toll free number is 1-800-578-8880...just call them and ask them. It's true. This has been a product that was given FDA approval just a few years ago.

I hope they will look into this further and comb over it with a fine tooth comb. I have never in my life seen so many people trying to recover from "something" - which usually points back to "crystals" leaving the kidneys...or to "stone invasion" of some kind. I was personally afflicted myself with stones, cropping up all over my body. Had a near-baseball size kidney stone, while there were at least 2-300 people I knew that were having kidney stones and gall stones and carpal tunnel syndrome (that has caused everyone a shift in their electrolytes, high blood pressure and difficulty breathing) with all this calcifcation right in my hometown of 2000...the list goes on. It took six hours of surgery to remove my kidney stone, plus I also had a collection of "crystals" in my saliva gland near my ear which caused a great deal of ear pain...also had gout (foot pain), which was a result of kidney "crystals" and I have crystals on my wrist...and NO I haven't been eating dog food!

I happened upon your page when looking up as much as I could on this subject, because I certainly believe there is a connection and I do appreciate your input on the subject. Thanks ~ Dennisa Lynn

May 17, 2007 3:25 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Thanks for stopping by Dennisa.

I'm so sorry that you, and so many others, have had to endure so much! A kidney stone of such a grand size! Surely that must be some sort of medical record, but hardly a record that anyone would personally want to be personally involved with.

I hope that you are fully recovered and that you didn't lose your kidney as well from the ordeal.

As far as the cyanuric acid and chlorine goes, I thought that the acid was used to stabilize chlorine that is in swimming pools that are exposed to sunlight. It isn't used for indoor pools because the chlorinated water isn't exposed to the sun.

So that makes me wonder why they would be using it in the drinking water. Sounds crazy to me.

I wish you well.


May 17, 2007 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess after this China Baby Milk Scandal, more and more people believe the increase in kidney stones, gallstones, and all kinds of problems are linked with the imported food coming from Asia, because they put melamine filler in our food products and we drink chlorinated water chemically treated by the Standard 60 chemicals which include CYANURIC ISOCYANURATE ACID, which when mixed with the phoney-baloney from China we get STONES...STONES...AND MORE STONES.

September 19, 2008 11:32 AM  

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