The melamine thought to be the cause of dozens of pet deaths is routinely added as a filler to food in China, New York Times reports.
While adding no nutritional content, the additives high nitrogen levels makes a food look like it’s chock full of protein. And it’s certainly cheaper than actual food.
In China, they make melamine from boiled coal. Mmm, yummy coal! Makes kitty’s fur lustrous and eyes so shiny! — BEN POPKEN
Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China [NYT]
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