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FDA Webinar: Melamine—The Cause of the 2007 Pet Food Recall

FDA chemist use gas chromatography to measure levels of melamine in food samples.

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Did you know FDA regulates the cans of cat food, bags of dog food, and boxes of pet treats in your pantry?

In March 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) learned that some pet foods were making cats and dogs sick; in fact, many died. An investigation led FDA to discover contaminants that were imported into the United States and used as ingredients in pet food. Ultimately, investigators linked the melamine contamination to other products.

Hear FDA scientist Renate Reimschuessel talk about the investigation and how it revealed the harmful effects of melamine during a 30-minute webinar. After her presentation, Reimschuessel will respond to listeners’ questions.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. EST

Where: https://collaboration.fda.gov/melaminewebinar/


  • You will need computer speakers to listen to this webinar. Closed captioning will be available.
  • There are a limited number of spots available for the webinar. Materials from the webinar will also be made available on the FDA website.

To join the webinar:

  1. Click on the URL https://collaboration.fda.gov/melaminewebinar/ (or cut and paste it into your Internet browser)
  2. Click on "Enter as a Guest;” fill in your name; then click "Enter Room" 

This webinar is part of a series of online sessions hosted by different FDA centers and offices. The series is part of FDA Basics, a Web-based resource that aims to inform the public about what the agency does.

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest information on all FDA-regulated products.

Date Posted: Nov. 24, 2010