Exclusive: Lab Reports Melamine In Unrecalled Dry Pet Food Exported From US

A lab report provided by a reader indicates that a sample of Country Value Puppy formula exported from the US contained melamine. The report obtained and translated by Itchmo states that the sample was tested by a South Korean university’s veterinary research center. This report has not been verified in the US. Country Value is also sold in the US, but has not been recalled.

This is also the first report of a lab — besides Expertox in Texas — reporting on possible contamination of unrecalled pet food.

Jim Fallon, a spokesman for Diamond Pet Foods, said that the food with the best by date of March 2008 was made in September 2006 at their South Carolina plant.

The lab reported finding melamine concentrations of 346.21 parts per million, a number that is higher than the amounts typically found through cross contamination according to the manufacturer Diamond Pet Food. Fallon also said that they have received no calls regarding Country Value through their recall hotlines. Diamond is working on pulling the retained samples and will test them for melamine and says they will pursue this “aggressively and cautiously.”

Diamond has recalled several products in recent months due to melamine contamination. The Itchmo reader also wrote that the importer denied that the food was contaminated.

The FDA could not be reached in time for comment.

The ingredient list for Country Value Puppy formula is after the jump.

Top 10 ingredients in Country Value Puppy formula according to About.com

Meat meal
Whole grain ground corn
Rice bran
Corn gluten meal
Chicken fat (preserved with mixed toco-pherols)
Wheat flour
Beet pulp
Natural chicken flavor
Potassium chloride

211 Responses to “Exclusive: Lab Reports Melamine In Unrecalled Dry Pet Food Exported From US”

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  1. JUDY says:

    I just read this wanted to pass it on

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    Sunday June 10, 2007

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    Dog Food Recall Expands as Manufacturers Delay Testing
    By M. Bruno
    The recent dog food recall has claimed the health and lives of thousands of dogs due to renal failure caused by eating melamine contaminated dog food. Reeling from media attention worldwide, one would hope that the dog food industry got the message and pulled all suspect products from the market. Not so.

    Reports continue of additional dog food products being recalled after discovery of tainting. The sad reality is that long after the initial onslaught of media attention alerted dog guardians to the more than 100 brands of dog food being recalled by Menu Foods, some dog food companies continue to drag their corporate feet and have failed to identify and recall contaminated dog food.

    In the latest news dogs hospitalized for kidney shutdown prompted a California veterinarian to test Nutra Nuggets dog food bought at Costco. The lab results were positive for melamine.

    Now the lives of dogs who ate this dog food brand hangs in the balance.

    What is frightening to anyone who owns and loves their dogs is that Nutra Nuggets is not on any current recall list.

    The dog food manufacturer had not performed any tests on its products and seems to have relied on the keep your fingers crossed approach while peddling their dog food to unsuspecting families.

    After reports of melamine poisoning impacting countless dog food bands, cross contamination, kidney failure and death, one would hope that minimal prudence would have compelled the company to provide minimal assurances of safety for this contaminant by testing their products.

    While anxious dog owners await action by the dog food company and the FDA, dogs lie sick in a veterinary hospital.

    When will this end?

    Frankly, I am not confident that it will anytime soon. The dog food industry has sold untenable landfill waste disguised as “healthy and nutritious” dog food for decades. Testing and enforcement requirements are a sham. The FDA is under funded, overworked, and the industry has run rings around dog nutritionists and veterinarians that have questioned their claims of quality and safety, until now.

    The ingredient list in many dog food brands shows melamine as the tip of a poison dog food iceberg.

    No dog food brand that is not at a minimum organic, holistic, or human grade should even be considered for your dogs diet.

    Read the labels carefully before feeding any dog food brand to your dog. Make sure it does not contain any by products, fillers, preservatives and chemicals. Many do and disguise the actual ingredient list with palatable sounding names.

    Consider feeding you dog homemade dog food. It’s one way to guarantee that you are in control of what tour dog is eating.


    My small 8 year old dog suddenly became ill and no vet could determine the cause. She died after enduring 2 weeks of pain and misery on Mothers Day morning. Dont let anything happen to your best friend. Find out what is in the dog food you use at http://www.dogs-4life.com/dog-food-that-kills.html This article may be reproduced unedited with the author’s link displayed

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  2. menusux says:

    I think you’re right and I think what goes on is a lot like how street drugs are sold. If you read about how that’s done, you’ll see that there are always “fillers” added to the drug to cut them. Cutting the drugs to sell on the street means what they have can be stretched further and they can make more $ by not selling their street drugs uncut.

    Some of those who cut the drugs use things which are not harmful to cut them, but others have used substances which can turn out to harm or kill those using them–aside from the possibility of an OD.

    I’d believe that whatever ingredient(s) may be quite expensive, this is where the “cutting” for more profit by Chinese producers goes on. In these cases, acetaminophen was used as the “filler”, with the knowledge that it probably would not be something anyone was actively testing for, so the odds were that it wouldn’t be detected. Neither was melamine until the nightmare began.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Quote from article:

    Jim Fallon, a spokesman for Diamond Pet Foods, said that the food with the best by date of March 2008 was made in September 2006 at their South Carolina plant.

    So we know the tainted grains go back to no less than Sept. 06. I suspect the pet food ingredients were being “tampered” with long before then.

    Is it possible the grains used in the exported pet food could have been in storage somewhere, but perhaps originally came from China?

    China and the U.S are both at fault for this nightmare. Instead of pointing fingers at each other; the U.S. and China need to sit down together and brain storm wtf went wrong and where. There are rogue companies in each Country that are going to scam everyone they can. The two Countries need to get to the bottom of this and get rid of the guilty parties. Then and only then will we ever see safe pet food again.

    What to do with the guilty parties? Hand them over to the grieving pet parents. Justice will be served with no cost to the Judicial System.

  4. YaYa says:

    Thank you Very much Judy, for the Article, and I’m So Very sorry about your little dog :-(
    May I ask what you were feeding your dog at the time? It would help Us to know to keep our list current and look into the Brand/flavor/formula of the food. I’d appreciate knowing. Do you have any of the food left?
    Please Save it if so. Just for future needs if any.

    Menusux, we should try and find out which of the vitamin/supplement etc type ingredients are DRY, before it goes into the ‘mix’.
    As I would think that is the form of the substance we are looking for. {could be a liquid but I think Dry}

    How do they receive these products? Bags, cans, boxes?

    Do you happen to know What item is used as “the preservative” in the foods?

    So now we’ve had the gambit of Drug activities? ‘Doping’ first with the melamine and now possible ‘Cutting’ with Acetaminophen??? Wonder what category the Cyanuric Acid fits???

    S-t-r-e-t-c-h that dollar any way we can?

    Anonymous, I Luv the last sentence the Most, “What to do with the guilty parties? Hand them over to grieving pet parents. Justice will be served with no cost to the Judicial system”.

    Yes indeed, and certainly ‘they’d’ appreciate the “no cost” aspect the most. :-P

  5. Barbara in Phoenix says:

    In response to Barb’s post about people buying cheap crap so what do they expect—my co-worker fed Eukanuba to her 4 dogs-the most expensive non-prescription dog food thinking she was doing the best for them, then to have it one of the first to be recalled, explaining why one dog died in December and the other 3 have had liver enzymes through the roof! my Sheba has had to have Hills Prescription food becuase of FLUT for the last nine years. After the recalls of Hills for diabetic cats I switched to KumpiKat, which all 3 loved, but Sheba got a FLUT attack so I had to go back to the Hills. Some of us REALLY DO CARE, but our backs are against the wall here! We buy the most expensive so-called best for our babies and still get screwed, so I don’t slam others who buy cheaper foods. These people wouldn’t be able to adopt a pet if they had to pay more, so these animals would be euthanized in the end. So please don’t slam us-it’s hard enough to deal with this!

  6. Susan says:

    barb–why don’t you come out and say only people who are well-off and take economics courses should own pets? If you would study your economics a little harder, you would see Menu Foods raised their prices twice in 2006, then dropped to a cheaper ingredient. They blame employee benefits (I guess they would prefer slaves) for escalating costs, but still figure out a way to increase quarterly stock dividends. It’s all about their stock holders. W-E and Chem-Nutra obviously went with the lowest price. If someone has fed pets a particular food for 5 years with no problem and then their pets dies, how is that their fault? I agree with Barbara in Phoenix. If only rich people adopted pets, the euthanasia rate would be through the roof. You’re wasting blogspace with unnecessary guilt trips.

  7. Anonymous says:

    barb - No not everyone here has taken economics 101, but they shouldn’t need to concerning safe pet food. The FDA was supposed to be
    protecting” our pets (and us) from such as this regardless of the brand used. Not all pet owners can afford the very best. However, that does not mean they don’t care about their pets. I was feeding highly expensive food only available through a veterinarian, but that company was also involved. I spent more money on food for my animals per pound than I did for myself. So how does your economics figure into this? My pets were just as affected as the people that bought the lower cost brands for theirs. Shaming the folks that are limited in the amount of cash to spend on pet food was uncalled for. You can’t put a price on love, and you have no idea how these people feel about their pets. It looks as if you said their pets were more likely to be poisoned because they are limited to grocery store brands? Give this some thought…a young teen is told she can have a pet provided she purchases the food, and etc. from her allowance. She’s elated and acquires a pet, and then discovers how much vet cost are so she has to “budget” her allowance to cover all cost. Does this young girl deserve to feel grief over a deceased pet because her budgeted allowance didn’t allow her to buy the very best? No barb we are all VICTIMS of pure greed. Plain and simple.

  8. connie says:

    thought some of you might like to know: I just hung up the phone from talking to Dads pet foods & they tell me they ARE testing for 1.acetaminophin 2 cyanuric acid 3.aminopterin(rat poison)
    4.diethylene glycol (DEG) 5. melamine.
    so far..so good..all u.s products.
    They also gave me the phone number of the fda(sorry I know how irked we’ve been so far) to get food tested. 1-800-224-9551. If anyone knows any other numbers to get foods tested & costs, please let me know here or at grummpy@excite.com

  9. Itchmo » Blog Archive » Recall Update: Thursday says:

    […] report of melamine in Country Value brand in Korea: FDA spokesperson says they are “not aware of any South Korean lab or the Korean […]

  10. Cynthia says:

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead -

    I just want to say thank you Itchmo and to all the members for speaking out and taking action.

  11. Anna says:

    Boy, there’s sure a lot to read on here, but some of this information is over and from a long time ago. You can call me Anna. My friends call me Molly, Rodi and Dr. Kenley. Does anyone have any questions right now I may be able to answer? To be honest, I don’t use Diamond Dog Food. No offense. I’ve only used it during emergencies, and I have almost never stayed on one dog food very long. It depends what season it is. I am highly educated on almost everything, yet do not have a license. I will book mark this page and hopefully, hear from somebody. I’m sorry for those of you whose loving pets got sick for any which reason. I’m sorry for those of you who thinks they can only and always trust what their vet says and what food he/she recommends. I’m sorry for those of you that have nobody to love you and are stuck on what to buy and learn. I’m sorry for those of you who are smarter than your parents and therefore stuck in knowing how to find a friend so you’re not lonely and to get a great job. I hope things turn out well for you in the future. Have a great year!

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