Pet food contamination and recall
A pet food recall is theorized to have been triggered by Chinese manufacturers who "may have intentionally added a chemical linked to pet deaths and illnesses into a protein-powder ingredient in pet foods," Food and Drug Administration regulators said April 19, 2007. Melamine, "which has turned up in more than 100 brands of cat and dog food, may have been used to falsely boost the apparent nutritional content of rice protein." 
"Melamine, an ingredient in plastics and fertilizers that could lead to kidney failure in animals, has contaminated rice protein and wheat gluten in pet foods made in Canada and the U.S." 
Pet food companies involved in the recall
- Blue Buffalo Co.
- Colgate-Palmolive Co.
- Del Monte Foods Co.
- Diamond Pet Foods Inc.
- Menu Foods
- Natural Balance Pet Foods
- Nestle SA
- Proctor & Gamble Co.
- Royal Canin USA
Related SourceWatch Resources
- Marc Lifsher and Abigail Goldman, "Spiking theorized in pet deaths. The FDA says Chinese firms may have added a chemical to falsely boost a food ingredient," Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2007.
- "Pet Food Recall: Recent Dog Food and Cat Pet Food Recall Summary 23," The Post Chronicle, April 20, 2007.
- "Pet-food recall continues to widen," Reuters, April 20, 2007.
- Patricia Sullivan, "Criminal Probe Opened in Pet Food Scare. FDA Says Charges Possible; Tainted Pork Confirmed in Calif.," Washington Post, April 21, 2007.
- "Pet Food Recall: Recent Dog Food and Cat Pet Food Recall Summary 24," The Post Chronicle, April 21, 2007.
- Dana Flavelle, "Menu Foods' future clouded by recall," The Toronto Star, April 21, 2007.
- "Pet Food Recall: Cat & Dog Food Recall Includes More Dry Food," The Post Chronicle, April 21, 2007.
- "Pet Food Recall Expands to Third Company," Associated Press (Newsday), April 21, 2007.
- Elizabeth Williamson, "FDA Was Aware of Dangers To Food. Outbreaks Were Not Preventable, Officials Say," Washington Post, April 23, 2007.
- "More tainted pet food protein likely imported. Senators learned of possible second importer through industry sources," Reuters (MSNBC), April 24, 2007.
- Chris Emery and Jonathan D. Rockoff, "Chemical might have killed thousands of pets," Baltimore Sun, May 2, 2007.
- Rick Weiss, "Millions Of Chickens Fed Tainted Pet Food. Risk to Consumers Minimal, FDA Says," Washington Post, May 2, 2007.