The US company that used melamine in its feed binding agent says using melamine was “compliant” since the product was to be exported out of the US. We do not know ifÂ Tembec’s product was exported. However, the product was used by a Colorado firm to produce feed.
Valley told USA Today that Tembec thought it was making a “compliant product” because it was made for export, not for the U.S. market.
But any feed that is made in Ohio, whether for export or domestic use, must meet U.S. safety standards and contain only ingredients approved for use in the U.S.
“In order to manufacture here, you must meet all of our regulations” no matter where the feed is going, [Ohio official] said.
Ohio state official says that Tembec was “violating the law”.
Registered feed makers in Ohio are inspected twice a year. Tembec did not register as a feed manufacturer and is currently disputing the requirement to be registered with the state.