On 8 January 2010, the Commission confirmed that it sent a statement of objections to animal feed phosphate companies concerning a suspected cartel aimed at fixing the prices of their products. Phosphate is used as a supplement in animal feed to help growth and reproduction of livestock animals. Belgian chemicals and plastics company Tessenderlo and Finnish chemicals maker Kemira have confirmed that they have been contacted as part of the investigation. Neither of these companies has been involved in a cartel investigation before. A number of other types of animal feed supplement have however been investigated, including vitamins, lysine and methionine.