Melamine in Corn Gluten Linked to South African Pet Illnesses

The 29 cases of renal failure in South Africa has been linked to melamine in corn gluten used in pet food. Corn gluten is used extensively in the US.

Tests have confirmed that Vets Choice and Royal Canin dog and cat dry pet-food products contained corn gluten contaminated with melamine, says the manufacturer.

The contaminated corn gluten was delivered to Royal Canin by a South African third-party supplier and appears to have originated from China.

We were tracking cases of the South African pet deaths before and have heard rumors of corn gluten contamination.

At this point, we believe that all corn gluten should be considered at risk for contamination and should be tested by every pet food manufacturer and the FDA.

Please help us track all pet food that contains corn gluten in this Forums thread.

Update: 30 pets die from contaminated food. A stunning quote:

An independent pathologist, Professor Fred Reyers said the outbreak may not be an isolated incident. He believed there was sufficient evidence to suggest a link between this outbreak and a similar one in Cape Town as well as one in the United States.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It was a difficult decision (and we know that some will accuse us of sparking panic) but based on patterns of development and expansion of recall in the US, Itchmo has issued an email Safety Alert to pet parents out of abundance of caution. We believe all pet parents should be given the information to make informed judgements to form their own reactions. We believe it is not up to us to decide what you should or shouldn’t know.

(Thanks to Howl911)

203 Responses to “Melamine in Corn Gluten Linked to South African Pet Illnesses”

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  1. Lew Orban says:

    The problem is that this is not just about adding melamine to make money. Behind the scenes there are very bad people and companies intentionally placing contamination in our food supplies and product lines on purpose. Simply if you can slowly bring the disease rates up via the product lines you sell and then make money treating the very disease you caused via drugs, treatments etc. Then the company has the best of both worlds….cause the disease and then treat the disease. They will cash in at both ends fo the spectrum. It is the unlitmate business model.

    When did we think it was OK for a company that has a past long history of making poisons, weed killers, glues, dyes etc. generally bad disease causing substances….change its past business model and start producing foods and medicines and treatments for disease? Then still allow them to sell and produce their chemical poisons to our populations? The chemists know how to manipulate the formulas and they know the outcome of the exposures. With international invlovements…these companies operate in countries around the world that have no ethics. What they do is anything they want to….to make money. You and I and our health is the end commodity. It is not necessary to affect all people just enough people to have a market place for their drugs. The goal is only to crreate chronic health conditions requiring long term drug regimes and a money source via your failing health.

    The company that is the model for this type of international buisness practice is Novartis. They create the poisons, they pander the poison, they sell food stuffs and now they treat diseases and are the third largest drug company in the world. This company formed and did a complete 360 turn in their business model in the last ten years. Who is watching out for your back? These people are cashing in at both ends of the business model. A simple vist to the home page and a review of their history and merger tells the story. The FDA has some major problems to investigate and its all about money…..

  2. Ticocats says:

    Has anyone had any real experience using Balance-It supplements? I live in Costa Rica and, except for some dubious local tuna products, the only canned cat foods available are 3 varieties of regular Friskies.

    Since moving here over a year ago, I’ve fed my 2 cats Hill’s Prescription C/D (corn gluten is #3 on the ingredient list and I just noticed that the “version” we get here is distributed in Latin America and (ouch!) South Africa. One of the cats has endured 2 episodes of near-fatal, unexplained renal failure in the past year and for the past few weeks I’ve been home cooking for them.

    But it seems clear that essential nutrients need to be added to any homemade cooked diet (I tried raw several years ago but the cats would not eat it.) Many of the recommended nutrients, including taurine, aren’t available here. My plan, therefore, is to have a friend in the US ship some Balance-It to me, since it seems to contain all the supplements recommended on various cat nutrition sites.

    Any reactions (other than complaints about tofu, etc.) or other suggestions?

  3. ticocats says:

    A follow-up to my post (above) asking if anyone has tried Balance-It: does anyone have experience with a Wysong product called “Call of the Wild”? Apparently it’s intended as a supplement to a raw meat diet but I would use it with gently cooked meat. The fact that Wysong’s recall page is still “under construction” gives me considerable concern about the company.

    Many thanks for any help.

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