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Pet Food - Melamine

The FDA has determined the 2007 outbreak of deaths of cats and dogs was caused by pet foods contaminated with Melamine. Melamine is an organic compound used to make plastics, fertilizers, fabrics and glues. Melamine metabolizes to cyanuric acid which is toxic, and potentially deadly, to cats and dogs. When significant amounts are formed, crystals develop in the urinary systems creating a blockage that may lead to renal failure and possibly death.


Microbac can determine Melamine and cyanuric acid in ingredients and finished products by HPLC, GC/MS and LC/MS/MS. We will work with our customers to select the most appropriate method.

Related links:

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01599.html


http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood_update.html


http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodup042007.html

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