Researchers at University of Guelph say they found a reaction between melamine and cyanuric acid that may explain why pet are falling ill.
Scientists took laboratory levels of melamine and cyanuric acid and added them together in a test tube at a PH level that mimics the environment of the kidneys of an animal.
“When we did it in the laboratory and it was instantaneous,” Melichercik said.
“What were two clear liquids, when were combined, actually go very murky and if you leave it for a little bit, these crystals settle out and you can pick them off and then analyze them.”
Melichercik explained the process produced a “chemical fingerprint” that allowed scientists to compare their findings with what was found in the kidneys of sick animals.
“We overlaid those two fingerprints and they were basically the same substance.”