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Optima: where did it come from?

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:35pm

The mysterious case of the killer dog food continues…nobody seems to know where it came from. Last night I blogged an official statement from Mars…it ain’t theirs. Today, there’s news that the folks in China never authorized its importation:

China’s quality watchdog Tuesday denied ever authorizing the import of Optima brand dog food allegedly linked to the deaths of dogs in Chinese cities.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) said in a statement that local entry-exit inspection and quarantine units had also never allowed the import of the dog food.

Some media reported the Optima brand dog food was imported from Australia and caused the deaths of dogs in Shanghai and other cities.

Here’s the rest of that story.

So, here’s what we know for sure:

Dogs in China have died of suspected aflatoxin poisoning after eating food that appears to be Optima.
Mars says they don’t sell Optima in China.
China’s quality watchdog says they don’t import Optima.

Hmmm…stay tuned.

And, on another note, melamine is in the news once again. This time saying that melamine alone, without the presence of cyanuric acid, can cause kidney problems.

Scientists in China and Hong Kong have established for the first time in a study that consuming the plastic-making chemical melamine can cause kidney stones in people.

[…]

The experts studied urine samples of 15 mainland Chinese toddlers with kidney stones and compared those taken from 20 children in Hong Kong who also consumed tainted milk but who did not develop stones.

“We proved that melamine alone can cause stones … Our conclusions are that the higher the concentration of melamine in the urine, the bigger the stones,” said Lawrence Lan, associate consultant at the pediatrics surgery department in Hong Kong’s Queen Mary Hospital.

Here’s more.

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