A new suspicion has emerged about the tainted pet food that caused kidney damage to cats and dogs. Perhaps the toxic fertilizer melamine did not adulterate wheat gluten by accident. Perhaps the gluten was intentionally spiked with the chemical in China during processing. CBS' Nancy Cordes offered the possible explanation that the Chinese "mistakenly thought that the animals' bodies would break the chemical down" making it not only harmless but positively beneficial. NBC's Ron Allen suggested that the added chemical would inflate the apparent protein levels of the imported gluten. So far Beijing has not permitted an FDA inspection of suspected plants.
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