[NAFEX] Melamine

Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Mon Apr 30 17:44:24 EDT 2007

So, Tom;
How many of the cats that have died of kidney 
failure were frequent pool swimmers?
Or, had access to an open swimming pool?
We're still a good month away from most folks opening their pools here.

I'm still not buying it.


At 12:14 PM 4/30/2007, Tom O. wrote:
>Hi All,
>I really enjoy piecing together news.  God knows 
>you cannot rely on the media to do it.
>As you know melamine contaminated feed has been 
>linked to pet deaths.  Then melamine 
>contaminated feed was fed to pigs, and the 
>melamine contaminated pork hit the store shelves (thanks Tyson).
>Of course we are told no recall is necessary, 
>for melamine is of little risk to humans.
>What they do not tell you is that it was not the 
>melamine alone that killed the pets.  The 
>melamine combined in the kidneys of the animals 
>with another contaminate and crystallized, hindering kidney function.
>What was this other contaminate?  A common 
>poolside chemical, found in most every swimming pool and hot tub.
>The University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario 
>veterinary college) has already explored it.
>Discovery by Guelph, Ont., scientists may show 
>how recalled pet food became toxic
>Noor Javed, Canadian Press
>Published: Saturday, April 28, 2007
>TORONTO (CP) - A chemical process that occurs 
>between two compounds, one used to make plastics 
>and another employed in pool chlorination, may 
>explain how North American pets were affected, 
>some fatally, by recalled pet food products, researchers suggest.
>Cyanuric acid, which was found in urine samples 
>from animals that died, and melamine, a compound 
>identified in the gluten found in the recalled 
>pet food, react with one another to form 
>crystals that may block kidney function, 
>researchers at the University of Guelph said Friday.
>What is cyanuric acid? – Cyanuric acid is a weak 
>acid that is marketed as a chlorine “stabilizer” 
>for swimming pools.  Other terms used by the 
>pool supply industry are “isocyanurates”, 
>“conditioner” or “CYA”.  When exposed to the 
>ultraviolet rays of the sun, the free chlorine 
>in the pool water will break down and 
>escape.  Cyanuric acid is intended to reduce this loss of chlorine.
>Now for the extra score bonus question
>one animal that eats pork and swims in pools treated with cyanuric acid?
>I knew you would get it.  So melamine alone will 
>not kill you, unless you go swimming and ingest 
>a bit of pool water.  So if drowning doesn’t get you the kidney failure will.
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