Chinese Pet Food Is Killing Pets Across The Globe.
The same product (melamine) that proved lethal to babies in the milk powder saga has shown up in pet food. More than 50,000 babies in China were affected by Melamine poisioning and since 2007 a significant rise in kidney problems has surfaced in the USA.
Federico D. Pascual Jr. gives the following description of the effects of Melamine:
KIDNEY KILLED: The report said that the most important nutrient in milk is protein. Since melamine has the same protein that contains nitrogen — and looks the same and has no distinct smell — it is sometimes added to milk powder as extender.
Melamine is cheaper than milk so it lowers the cost of the end-product and boosts profits. The adulterated product is then used, knowingly or otherwise, by other businessmen manufacturing food items requiring milk.
When eaten, melamine forms into stones that get stuck in the tubes and spaces in the kidney, sometimes even in the urether. The person affected has a hard time urinating and the pain could be excruciating. With the blockade, the kidney swells.
Surgery is sometimes needed to remove the stones, but the damage to the kidney could be irreversible or give rise to complications. It could lead to death because of uremia.
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You will also learn how to tell country of origin on items where it is not listed by reading the bar codes. For example bar codes that begin with the three digits 690 to and including codes that begin with 695, are produced in China.