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Tembec quits feed binding agents supply

Ohio, US-based Tembec Inc., a manufacturer of binding agents for the feed industry and known primarily for wood products, has quietly pulled out of the feed business.

The move came after the US Food and Drug Administration found that products made in Ohio contained unapproved additives including melamine, which has been linked to cat and dog deaths from tainted pet food.

The withdrawal from the feed business "is a process that occurred months ago," Tembec spokeswoman Tracy Dottori she said. "We have no comment. It's over and done with."

The company did not publicly disclose the decision to withdrawal from the feed business.

The FDA's official warning letter to Tembec acknowledges that on June 29, Tembec said it was recalling all feed-binding agents shipped since February 2004 because of the presence of melamine.

And that the plant "has decided to permanently discontinue manufacturing any products regulated by the FDA."

Most of the feed made with Tembec's binders was used on shrimp farms outside the US. The binder was a minor part of a minor part, so the concentrations are very low," another spokesman for Tembec said.

He was quoted as saying. "We believed that for the intended uses, we were making a complaint product."

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