UPDATE – We recently reported on how the pet food poison melamine, a substance which is used in China, may have gotten into pet food in the US. In the New York Times, Ariana Lindquist writes that workers at a major chemical company in China say that they regularly add melamine to animal feed as a kind of “extender,” since it’s inexpensive scrap that appears to be protein, but actually has no nutritional value.

Lindquist quotes Ji Denghui, general manager of the Fujian Sanming Dinghui Chemical Company, as saying, “Many companies buy melamine scrap to make animal feed, such as fish feed. I don’t know if there’s a regulation on it. Probably not. No law or regulation says ‘don’t do it,’ so everyone’s doing it. The laws in China are like that, aren’t they? If there’s no accident, there won’t be any regulation.” It’s another incident in how “business as usual” in China is badly affecting the rest of the world.

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