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ROCKVILLE, Maryland: The tainted wheat gluten that triggered a massive pet food recall also ended up in processing plants that prepare food consumed by people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

While agency leaders offered assurances Monday that the U.S. food supply remains safe, they said they cannot yet completely rule out contamination of human food by the suspect wheat gluten, which contained melamine, a chemical found in plastics and pesticides.

According to import records, the wheat gluten was shipped to the United States from China between Nov. 3 and Jan. 23 and contained "minimal labeling" to indicate whether it was intended for humans or animals.

The agency has banned all wheat gluten imports from the company, Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development, based in Wangdien, China.

The vast majority of the contaminated gluten went to pet food manufacturers and distributors, according to the agency. But some of the processing plants that remain under agency scrutiny make both human and pet food.

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"To date, we have nothing that indicates it's gone into human food," said Dorothy Miller, director of the agency's Office of Emergency Operations. "We have a bit more investigation to do."

The food scare began early last month when cats involved in a routine Menu Foods taste trial refused to eat. Within days, the Canadian company alerted a university lab that assists with its testing that the cat food could be toxic. On March 16, Menu Foods recalled 60 million cans and pouches of wet pet food. In recent days, the recall has grown to nearly 100 brands, including food manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare and Del Monte Foods' pet products division, Hill's Pet Nutrition.

Confused pet owners, reeling as the list of recalled products grows each day, will likely face more aftershocks.

"It's impossible for us to say, at this time, that there won't be additional recalls," said David Elder, director of the agency's Office of Enforcement. "We're continuing to follow the trail, and wherever the facts and the science lead us is where this investigation will be taken."

The agency is tracing the route of nearly three months' supply of the Chinese gluten in the United States, where it is used as a thickener.

Unlike a contaminant traced to the dirt in which food is grown or tainted water used for irrigation, the suspect ingredient in the pet food is unusual, said the agency commissioner, Andrew von Eschenbach. Bread products, in general, have not been at risk for problems, and wheat gluten undergoes some processing, which can lessen the risk a contaminant could pose.

In addition, the contaminant is chemical, not microbial, making it "very unusual," von Eschenbach said.

Underscoring the U.S. love affair with cats and dogs, the agency said it has received 9,400 complaints about pet food since the controversy began - nearly double the number of complaints for all topics last year. In an "unprecedented" show of force, the agency assigned 400 employees to track down the suspect shipments, field calls from worried pet owners and test 430 samples of potentially contaminated wet and dry food, said Michael Rogers, who directs the agency's field investigations.
 
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I just got this same article in my email. My husband and I were just discussing this possibility last night. I'll never understand how it's cheaper to buy such things from China when we have an almost unlimited supply of wheat here in Canada and the US. I hope this is a wake up call for how some companies do business. I'm so pissed off at this whole mess I have no words for it. Everytime I think Frodo is feeling a little off, or isn't eating his food a little part of me panics. The list of recalled food grows every day. His food contains no wheat gluton, but his dentabones do, which are made by Iams, I have quit feeding them to him.
 
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And another thing, now that I'm on a tangent. My Vet tried to get me to feed Gizmo a special diet made by Science Diet, I know this product hasn't been recalled but the Hills have. What the HELL is wheat gluton doing in a supposedly high end pet food to begin with? They sure as hell charge enough for it that they could at least put some quality ingredients in their food.

Oh yea, I'm pissed off all right.
 

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It is quite scary.

And like Sandie points out- why are we buying wheat from China? AND then I have to wonder- if something is not labeled with enough information- WHY ARE THEY PUTTING IT IN THE FOOD CHAIN!?!?!? That really worries me.

The treats I have for Tucker haven't been recalled, but they are made by Del Monte- so I've tossed them. Why risk it?
 

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I posted an article yesterday about why we import wheat gluten.. very interesting and sad. The almighty dollar always takes precedence
 

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SandieF said:
I'll never understand how it's cheaper to buy such things from China when we have an almost unlimited supply of wheat here in Canada and the US.
How many folks in the US and Canada do you know who will work for Chinese wages? Most likely wouldn't even be enough to pay for your computor and on-line service let alone every thing else.
 
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MidwestGirl said:
That is what happens when we buy stuff from countries where they do not regulate what is sprayed on the crops!!
Exactly. Whiich leads me to my next question. Where are they getting the corn that goes in dog food? What about rice, which is in Frodo’s food. What about alfalfa? If they are getting wheat from China, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they are getting other grains as well.
 
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delmonico said:
How many folks in the US and Canada do you know who will work for Chinese wages? Most likely wouldn't even be enough to pay for your computor and on-line service let alone every thing else.
I understand your point, but then why am I paying almost 70.00 for a bag of dog food?
 

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Because it would most likely be over a $100 if it was all US made.
 
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Well I personally hope Menu Foods, and whatever other companies are involved with the death of a pet gets sued into bankruptcy.
 

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SandieF said:
delmonico said:
How many folks in the US and Canada do you know who will work for Chinese wages? Most likely wouldn't even be enough to pay for your computor and on-line service let alone every thing else.
I understand your point, but then why am I paying almost 70.00 for a bag of dog food?
Just because it is expensive does NOT mean that it is good quality....that is the very unfortuante truth. So much goes into marketing and profit that you could ever imagine.
 
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Yes, I know expensive doesn't mean quality although what I feed Frodo is what I consider a high end food, if it cost 100.00 then that's what I would pay.

I don't understand high priced foods that contain crap, or why people buy it.
 

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I've just been waiting for this shoe to drop. :-\
 
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The only answer here is to go with a food that uses human grade food that is USDA inspected and go with it. Either that or go raw, or make the food yourself. Do a comparison of the actual cost vs. what you're paying for the dog food you currently feed and I'm thinking the cost wouldn't be that much more if you're paying for the really premium dog food.

I've been asking myself the same question about rice. Because I used to deal with some of the peripheral information about the US food chain I'm not unfamiliar with how this all works and why companies import from where they do. It's not all that different than our food chain as far as motivation goes. The big difference is the controls...our food chain is controlled much more tightly despite what this article implies. Hence, buying pet food that uses human grade ingredients.

California Natural here I come.
 
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