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Melamine Enters Human Food Supply Through Hogs

 

April 25, 2007

DogExplorer.com News - Melamine-contaminated recalled pet food may have found its way into the human food supply via pork producers. Hog farms in California, North Carolina, New York and South Carolina have been identified. An additional farm in Ohio is currently being investigated. These farms received "salvaged" pet food containing melamine, an ingredient used in plastics and industrial processes.

The hog farm in California caters to individuals purchasing an entire hog and those specific consumers have been alerted, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the farms located in other states have not yet distributed any of the contaminated pork. Those animals are now quarantined and being tested.

It still remains unclear what effects melamine has on animals or humans. According to the FDA website it’s not approved for human or animal consumption. Kidney failure is the primary symptom reported in animals who have consumed the contaminated food.