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This reminds me of an incident a few years ago where a Chinese company created a protein powder that contained melamine ( a high nitrogen ingredient) that he sold to people for cat/dog food and baby food. The melamine fooled the nitrogen/protein quality control on incoming ingredients so the maker felt the ingredient met all specs. Sadly, the inherent toxicity killed thousands of cat all over the world as well as a number of children. Child fatalities were lower as mothers soon detected WTF with their babies and a urine test saved most. Cats/dogs were not so lucky. I wonder if these crumbles are toxic? Some mention of aflatoxin a common rotted protein toxic substance, often found in rotted peanuts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_pet_food_recalls

I read somewhere that one or more Chinese executives were executed over the child deaths - but I was unable to find a link about this.



According to this article 2 people were executed, one had a "suspended death sentence" (which they say is usually changed to life in prison).

Yeah I remember when the melamine scandal happened. I think there might be some interesting findings when the FDA investigates the supply chain of the ingredients.

Aflatoxin, a metabolic product of Aspergillus Flavus a fungus, was mentioned. Affects many badly stored foods. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aflatoxin Very toxic liver poison often associated with the aspergillus rotting peanuts.Assays for Aflatoxin as well as melamine and anything else are underway, so a definitive answer should come soon.


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