More tainted pet food protein likely imported
Senators learned of possible second importer through industry sources
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Larry Klimes holds a photo of his dog, Joey, at his Wendell, Idaho home on April 21. Klimes' dog died after eating tainted dog food.
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Updated: 6:15 a.m. CT April 24, 2007
A second company likely imported rice protein from China that was contaminated with a chemical linked to a major pet food recall, two U.S. senators said on Monday.
Rice protein tainted with the chemical melamine was used in pet foods from at least five manufacturers who obtained the protein from one supplier, U.S. officials have said. It also made its way into feed used at a California hog farm.
Now, another company is suspected of importing rice protein from China, Democratic Sens. Richard Durbin of Illinois and Maria Cantwell of Washington said in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
â€œWe have learned that in addition to Wilbur-Ellis, a second United States company imported a shipment of rice protein from China that is also likely to be contaminated with melamine,â€