In fact, the quality of meat contained in pet food is generally unfit for human consumption, and to add insult to injury, large amounts of melamine are just another reason to be skeptical of commercial brand pet foods.
It is difficult to scratch the surface of laminate flooring, but over time, your German Shepherd running to meet you at the door may begin to wear down the melamine and eventually scratch up the pattern underneath.
In the past, research has shown that both dogs and rats can handle high doses of melamine in their systems, but this does raise the question why it would ever need to be in their systems in the first place.
During that recall, Hill's tested its own products for traces of melamine, the substance found in rice and wheat proteins that was identified as the contaminent in a number of the recalled brands.
Although manufacturers and researchers are not one-hundred percent clear whether or not melamine is the exact cause of the pet deaths, melamine was found in the urine of the cats who died.
Natural Balance assures customers that all pet food products are rigorously tested for contaminants such as melamine, cyanuric acid, ochratoxin, E. coli and salmonella.
Non-organic baby toys could contain phthalates, melamine, polyvinyl chloride and other materials that some have tied to cancers and other serious health problems.
The FDA has also mentioned that the use of melamine is still a controversy since inadequate research has been conducted as to the chemical's effect on animals.
Although it's certainly not a happy circumstance, it will be important to see how many of these dogs develop lasting problems from the melamine poisoning.
Heated above its melting point it polymerizes to di-cyandiamide (CN2H2)2, which at 150° C. is transformed into the polymer n-tri-cyantriamide or melamine (CN 2 H 2) 3, the mass solidifying.