China Taking Our Jobs, Killing Our Pets
FDA vet chief Stephen F. Sundlof announced this morning that imported "wheat gluten" poisoned with melamine is what's killing American dogs and cats and generally driving people crazy. The goop is imported from a Chinese factory and then shipped to Canada, and mushed up with god knows what at some factory in Ontario (and then in Kansas!) before being packaged in a thousand different labels -- from expensive boutique brands to Wal-Mart generic -- and sold all over North America.
And it only took months of mysterious pet deaths to figure this out. This is probably not the best advertisement for globalization. If you don't have pets, you don't really need to care one way or the other, right? Ha ha, wrong:
He said the FDA is not aware that any of the contaminated wheat gluten went into human food, but said he could not confirm this "with 100 percent certainty."What the hell is melamine, anyway? "Melamine is a synthetic polymer which is fire resistant and heat tolerant. Melamine is a very versatile material with a highly stable structure. Uses for melamine include whiteboards, floor tiles, kitchenware, fire retardant fabrics, and commercial filters. Melamine can be easily molded while warm, but will set into a fixed form. This property makes it ideally suited to certain industrial applications." Yummy.
FDA Identifies Chemical in Poisoned Pet Food [Washington Post]