On Wednesday, the FDA announced a recall of feed additive produced by Tembec, located in Toledo, Ohio, because melamine was used as a binding agent.
The AP is reporting today that the same company did not have a license to produce animal feed components. The company disputes whether it needs a license to produce its product.
Adam Boerger, a grain and feed analyst for the state agriculture department, said the agency was not aware that Tembec, which primarily makes paper and wood products, was involved in the animal feed business.
Any company that manufactures, distributes or sells animal feed in Ohio is required under state law to register with the agriculture department. Tembec should have registered because of its involvement in the manufacturing process, regulators said.
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.
The same company was also found in violation of EPA rules in previous years and was fined more than $15,000.