Shrimp feed made by a US firm using melamine as a binding agent has been exported to 13 countries (subsc. req.).
Michael Herndon, a spokesman for the FDA in Washington, said Thursday that the melamine-contaminated products made in the U.S., including feed ingredients and shrimp feed, may have been exported by Zeigler Bros. Inc., a feed manufacturer in Gardners, Pennsylvania, to 13 countries. They are Panama, Venezuela, Belize, Suriname, Costa Rica, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Gambia, Lebanon and Canada.
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From the WSJ:
The source of the melamine in Zeigler’s feed is a binding agent prepared by another U.S. company, Uniscope Inc., of Johnstown, Colorado. Uniscope works with several distributors in the U.S. and more than a dozen international distributors, providing products to more than 30 countries, according to its Web site.
Uniscope, a family-owned company that employs eight people, had been using Tembec’s product to make binding agents for livestock, fish and shrimp feed. Spokesman Charles Russell said the company had been unaware of the contamination and discovered it only when it tested the resin it received from Tembec.
In a recent interview, Mr. Russell wouldn’t disclose how much of the binding agent was produced and specifically to whom it was sold. But he did say that the product was sold to feed companies and distributors both domestically and internationally.