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A spokeswoman for the New York state Department of Agriculture and Markets said Friday that rodent poison was found in tainted pet food that killed several animals and sparked a nationwide recall, according to
ABC News reported that the chemical was aminopterin, which was on wheat imported from China. The chemical is not legal in the U.S.
A news conference is expected at 1 p.m. EDT.
Update: News conference was not definitive. It is not known whether this same chemical could also be in human food. It is thought that the pet food contamination may be much more broad than has already been announced.
Hmmm, Aminopterin: ETYMOLOGY: amino- + pterin, a chemical compound derived from pteridine, a compound first identified in butterflies’ wings (from Greek pteron, wing; see pet- in Indo-European roots)