Illegal Feed Ingredient Made For Export

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 if  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.

(Thanks Christie)

6 Responses to “Illegal Feed Ingredient Made For Export”

  1. Susan says:

    Has anybody seen any overseas news about this? Are they having recalls? Their website lists urea resin and melamine resin as 2 separate products. Is this a “cross-contamination” issue? And why would you buy wood glue as a binder for animal feed?

  2. Anonymous says:

    how about the prosecutions, are they “binding”?

  3. sez who says:

    Can someone answer this? Why is cynauric acid okayed by the FDA for cattle feed? Why?

    Off the FDA page for cattle/animal feed…Sec. 573.220 Feed-grade biuret.

    Biuret…………………………….. 55 minimum.
    Urea………………………………. 15 maximum.
    Cyanuric acid and triuret……………. 30 maximum.
    Mineral oil………………………… 0.5 maximum.
    Total nitrogen (equivalent to 218.75 pct 35 minimum.
    crude protein).
    FDA permits a certain amount of cyanuric acid to be present in some non-protein nitrogen (NPN) additives used in animal feed and drinking water.[4] Cyanuric acid has been used as NPN. For example, Archer Daniels Midland manufactures a NPN supplement for cattle, which contains biuret, triuret, cyanuric acid and urea.[5]

  4. pat says:

    what i find amazing is the assertion that it’s ok to produce potentially poisonous substances for export. i know this happens all the time with banned pesticides too, but it just never ceases to amaze me. a total disregard for the welfare of others seems to be a tenet of business these days. i hope the state can find a way to throw the book at them.

  5. High Note says:

    We get angry over China doing this and then an American firm wants to export something like this. Other countries do not deserve bad products any more then our country does.

  6. DMS says:

    Tembec contends it is not a manufacturer because it produces only “a binder that is used in the production of feed,” company spokesman John Valley said.

    What kind of double-speak is this? How in the world do these people think they have the remotest chance of getting away with this—it sounds so much like the rationale everyone is screaming about coming from the Chinese manufacturers. We have to wake up and realize these people are everywhere and could be making anything. Tembec needs to be punished and anyone involved in this decision needs to be out of a job and facing trial!

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