Pet food toxin also found in pig feed
Melamine, the cause of the pet food contamination has been found in pig feed
at American Hog Farm in Ceres, Calofornia. Officials believe the melamine came
from rice protein concentrate imported from China by Diamond Pet Food,
which sold salvage pet food to the farm for pig
Tests of seven urine samples and two feed samples at American Hog Farm in
Ceres all came back positive for the chemical, melamine, which has tainted more than 100 brands of dog and cat
food, said state Veterinarian Dr. Richard Breitmeyer. The state agriculture
officials placed the pig farm under quarantine. Three live pigs were taken for
testing, and inspectors are rounding up an undetermined number of live pigs sold
from the 1,500-animal farm since April 3.
The 1,500-animal farm operates as a "custom
slaughterhouse," which means it generally does not supply meat to commercial
outlets. Mostly it is not so-called mainstream pork. This is an operation that
sells to folks who come in and want a whole pig. However, officials urged those
who purchased pigs from American Hog Farm since April 3 to not consume the
product until further notice. Dr. Mark Horton, state public health officer, said
so far "evidence suggests a minimal health risk to persons who may have consumed
pork" from the farm.
Diamond Pet Food
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