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Singapore to test petfood for melamine

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) will test all petfood and livestock feed for the presence of melamine.

AVA spokesman Goh Shih Yong said: "We want to check if there's any adulteration in other protein-related substances because melamine has been found in baby milk powder from China".

Last year, in North America, melamine-tainted pet food from China was blamed for the deaths of hundreds of cats and dogs - which led to the recall of more than 100 pet-food brands in March last year.

The AVA was unable to give a date as to when animal-feed testing would begin, but said the ongoing testing of human food products was the agency's priority. So far, tainted milk has killed four children in China and made about 53,000 sick - and the Chinese authorities say the numbers are still rising.

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