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By JOE AND THERESA GRAEDON | October 20, 2008
The recent melamine scare from China has me wondering. Due to the fact that supplements have little regulatory control, is there a risk that protein powders sold for dieters and muscle builders could contain melamine to increase the amount of protein when tested? Also, should I worry about my children's melamine dining plates? You raise a fascinating question. Chinese producers have apparently added melamine to milk to cover up the fact that it was diluted. The same chemical was also added to the pet-food ingredient gluten to make it appear higher in protein so it would be worth more.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | January 23, 2009
BEIJING - A court sentenced two men to death yesterday for their role in a tainted-milk scandal but gave the former chairwoman of China's largest dairy a lesser sentence of life imprisonment, enraging parents of infants who died. Milk adulterated with an industrial chemical killed six infants and left a staggering 296,000 or so sick last year in the largest food-safety scandal in China's recent history. A court in Shijiazhuang, a city in Hebei province that is headquarters for the Sanlu Group, one of the 22 dairies across the nation found to have peddled tainted milk products, issued the sentences in a closed-door hearing.
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By Chris Emery and Jonathan D. Rockoff and Chris Emery and Jonathan D. Rockoff,sun reporters | May 2, 2007
Federal health officials announced yesterday that the number of pets sickened or killed by contaminated pet food could be far bigger than previously reported, and they now believe that an industrial chemical operating in conjunction with related compounds is responsible for the deaths of as many as 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs.
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By From Sun news services | November 29, 2008
Two dead in shootout at California toy store PALM DESERT, Calif.: Two men pulled guns and shot each other to death in a crowded toy store yesterday after the women with them got into a bloody brawl, witnesses said. Scared shoppers fled but no one else was hurt. The violence erupted on Black Friday, the traditional post-Thanksgiving start of the holiday shopping surge, but authorities indicated the shooting wasn't related to a shopping frenzy. Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said the fight was not over a toy. He said handguns were found by the men's bodies, but he released little other information.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,Sun Reporter | April 20, 2007
Washington -- An industrial chemical linked to the deaths of 16 pets and recall of more than 100 pet foods in the United States has been found in a third ingredient shipped from China, federal health officials said yesterday. Tests conducted by a South African pet food company, Royal Canin, found melamine in a shipment of corn gluten from China.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,Sun reporter | May 31, 2007
WASHINGTON -- An American company improperly added melamine to an ingredient in animal and fish feed, federal health officials said yesterday in announcing the recall of the first U.S.-made products containing the potentially dangerous industrial chemical. Tembec BTLSR Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, is recalling the fish feed ingredients it made with melamine and related compounds, according to Food and Drug Administration officials. Uniscope Inc., a Johnstown, Colo., firm that mixed its livestock feed ingredient with supplies from Tembec, is also recalling products, the FDA officials said.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN REPORTER | April 25, 2007
Tests start to look for melamine in food Search for melamine widens to human food WASHINGTON -- The government will begin a sweeping search of the country's food supply for the industrial chemical linked to the pet food scare, federal health officials announced yesterday. By the end of the week, inspectors will start testing for melamine in corn meal, rice bran and other protein products commonly used in bread, cereal and pasta eaten by humans. The expanded investigation comes as testing found the chemical in animals close to the human food supply - hogs at farms in California, North Carolina and South Carolina.
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By Gary Dymski and Gary Dymski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 29, 2003
Reorganizing any size or shape closet is a pretty simple procedure, thanks to specially designed shelving and cabinets available at hardware stores and home centers. These organizing products, geared toward helping the do-it-yourselfer remake and reorganize laundry rooms, mud rooms, garages and basements, come in a variety of sizes and price ranges. Using a few common tools and working around any budget, it takes but a few hours to transform a closet. Two types of closet organizers dominate the do-it-yourself market: ready-to-assemble, melamine-coated cabinets and shelving, and coated-wire organizers.
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By New York Times News Service | April 6, 2007
A recall of pet food tainted with melamine, a chemical used to make plastic products, has been widened to include 22 types of dog biscuits, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. The biscuits, made by Sunshine Mills Inc., contain wheat gluten imported from China that contained melamine, said Stephen F. Sundlof, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA. Sunshine Mills of Red Bay, Ala., manufactures branded and private label dry pet food and biscuits. The recalled biscuits include Nurture Chicken and Rice Biscuit, Ol' Roy Peanut Butter Biscuit and Pet Life Large Biscuit.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN REPORTER | April 19, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators are probing whether Chinese producers laced a key ingredient in pet food with an industrial chemical in order to boost the price of their shipments, Sen. Richard J. Durbin said yesterday. Referring to the contamination that has prompted the recall of more than 100 brands of pet food, he said investigators are trying to determine whether Chinese producers purposely added melamine to their wheat gluten shipments to Menu Foods. "It could have been intentional, not accidental," Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said in an interview after meeting privately in his office with federal health officials.
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By JOE AND THERESA GRAEDON | October 20, 2008
The recent melamine scare from China has me wondering. Due to the fact that supplements have little regulatory control, is there a risk that protein powders sold for dieters and muscle builders could contain melamine to increase the amount of protein when tested? Also, should I worry about my children's melamine dining plates? You raise a fascinating question. Chinese producers have apparently added melamine to milk to cover up the fact that it was diluted. The same chemical was also added to the pet-food ingredient gluten to make it appear higher in protein so it would be worth more.
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By Abigail Goldman | February 7, 2008
A Las Vegas food import company, two Chinese businesses and the companies' top executives were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for their parts in a tainted pet food scandal last year that sickened or killed thousands of dogs and cats, the Justice Department said. The announcement by John F. Wood, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, marks the first time a domestic company has faced criminal charges because melamine - a chemical found in plastics that can cause kidney failure in animals - was added to shipments of wheat gluten, a binding agent used in pet foods.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,Sun reporter | May 31, 2007
WASHINGTON -- An American company improperly added melamine to an ingredient in animal and fish feed, federal health officials said yesterday in announcing the recall of the first U.S.-made products containing the potentially dangerous industrial chemical. Tembec BTLSR Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, is recalling the fish feed ingredients it made with melamine and related compounds, according to Food and Drug Administration officials. Uniscope Inc., a Johnstown, Colo., firm that mixed its livestock feed ingredient with supplies from Tembec, is also recalling products, the FDA officials said.
NEWS
By Chris Emery and Jonathan D. Rockoff and Chris Emery and Jonathan D. Rockoff,sun reporters | May 2, 2007
Federal health officials announced yesterday that the number of pets sickened or killed by contaminated pet food could be far bigger than previously reported, and they now believe that an industrial chemical operating in conjunction with related compounds is responsible for the deaths of as many as 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs.
NEWS
By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN REPORTER | April 25, 2007
Tests start to look for melamine in food Search for melamine widens to human food WASHINGTON -- The government will begin a sweeping search of the country's food supply for the industrial chemical linked to the pet food scare, federal health officials announced yesterday. By the end of the week, inspectors will start testing for melamine in corn meal, rice bran and other protein products commonly used in bread, cereal and pasta eaten by humans. The expanded investigation comes as testing found the chemical in animals close to the human food supply - hogs at farms in California, North Carolina and South Carolina.
NEWS
By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,Sun Reporter | April 20, 2007
Washington -- An industrial chemical linked to the deaths of 16 pets and recall of more than 100 pet foods in the United States has been found in a third ingredient shipped from China, federal health officials said yesterday. Tests conducted by a South African pet food company, Royal Canin, found melamine in a shipment of corn gluten from China.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | January 23, 2009
BEIJING - A court sentenced two men to death yesterday for their role in a tainted-milk scandal but gave the former chairwoman of China's largest dairy a lesser sentence of life imprisonment, enraging parents of infants who died. Milk adulterated with an industrial chemical killed six infants and left a staggering 296,000 or so sick last year in the largest food-safety scandal in China's recent history. A court in Shijiazhuang, a city in Hebei province that is headquarters for the Sanlu Group, one of the 22 dairies across the nation found to have peddled tainted milk products, issued the sentences in a closed-door hearing.
NEWS
By From Sun news services | November 29, 2008
Two dead in shootout at California toy store PALM DESERT, Calif.: Two men pulled guns and shot each other to death in a crowded toy store yesterday after the women with them got into a bloody brawl, witnesses said. Scared shoppers fled but no one else was hurt. The violence erupted on Black Friday, the traditional post-Thanksgiving start of the holiday shopping surge, but authorities indicated the shooting wasn't related to a shopping frenzy. Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said the fight was not over a toy. He said handguns were found by the men's bodies, but he released little other information.
NEWS
By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN REPORTER | April 19, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators are probing whether Chinese producers laced a key ingredient in pet food with an industrial chemical in order to boost the price of their shipments, Sen. Richard J. Durbin said yesterday. Referring to the contamination that has prompted the recall of more than 100 brands of pet food, he said investigators are trying to determine whether Chinese producers purposely added melamine to their wheat gluten shipments to Menu Foods. "It could have been intentional, not accidental," Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said in an interview after meeting privately in his office with federal health officials.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | April 6, 2007
A recall of pet food tainted with melamine, a chemical used to make plastic products, has been widened to include 22 types of dog biscuits, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. The biscuits, made by Sunshine Mills Inc., contain wheat gluten imported from China that contained melamine, said Stephen F. Sundlof, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA. Sunshine Mills of Red Bay, Ala., manufactures branded and private label dry pet food and biscuits. The recalled biscuits include Nurture Chicken and Rice Biscuit, Ol' Roy Peanut Butter Biscuit and Pet Life Large Biscuit.
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