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Melamine found in rice protein concentrate

Melamine, an industrial chemical that led to a nationwide recall of more than 100 brands of cat and dog foods has been found to contaminate a second pet food ingredient, rice protein concentrate.

Melamine was found in wheat gluten, used by at least six pet food and treat manufacturers. Now it is believed that the chemical has contaminated rice protein concentrate used to make a variety of Natural Balance Pet Foods products for both dogs and cats, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Tainted rice protein concentrate
Natural Balance said it was recalling all its Venison and Brown Rice canned and bagged dog foods, its Venison and Brown Rice dog treats and its Venison and Green Pea dry cat food. The Pacoima, Calif., company said recent laboratory tests showed the products contain melamine and they believe the source of the contaminant was rice protein concentrate, which the company recently added to the dry venison formulas.

Natural Balance does not use wheat gluten, which was associated with the previous melamine contamination, it said.

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(Source: Associated Press)

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