Fake Chinese animal feed has been found in the US, Canada, South Africa and now it has reached Switzerland. Swiss officials inspected 63 samples of “corn gluten” and found that 11 of them weren’t corn gluten at all. They also found cyanuric acid and melamine (the same toxic ingredients found in US cat and dog food) in four of the 11 supplies. The same pattern of greed emerged as the illegal substances were used to boost the perceived protein content.
The samples came from 2,500 metric tonnes of products imported for use in animal feed over the last six months. It is not known if any of these made it to cat and dog food.
Just as in the US, the European officials did not see sufficient risk in corn gluten that was already fed to livestock.
Ironically, the article says Swiss used to import corn gluten from the US, but problems with genetically modified US products caused them to look elsewhere. Did price have anything to do with it?
Certain Chinese exporters had qualified cereal by-products mixed with urea as being corn gluten. Although urea is allowed in ruminant feeds, its derivates melamine and cyanuric acid, which were also found, are prohibited. ALP has blocked the questionable loads.
ALP officers took 63 corn gluten samples of which 11 samples did not contain corn gluten. These falsified products contained a mixture of grain by-products, mainly wheat, in which large amounts of urea were found.
Analysis of the samples revealed that up to 15% of urea was added to finally reach a raw protein content of 60% like it would be expected in a corn gluten sample.