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Was human food tainted too?

By Dr. Andrew Jones

From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
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This is a story sent to me published in the Boston Globe.

It notes that one specific company is the source of contaminated wheat gluten,
but this same company supplies gluten for “human food” as well.

Here is a short list of some of the products containing wheat gluten:

It is used in many baked goods to add texture, and obviously bread,
it’s in iced tea mix, vanilla powder, cereals like honey bunches of oats,
some ketchups, canned soups, beef jerkey, BBQ spice rubs, lunchmeat,
processed cheese, flavored yogurts, sauces, gravies, some artificial sweeteners,
flavored tofu, candy bars, it’s injected into your thanksgiving turkey,
it’s in manufactured salad dressing, TV dinners, butter sauces at restaurants,
many canned spaghetti sauces, meatloaf fillers,etc, etc, etc…

Was human food tainted too?

Suspect gluten went to plants that make products for people, FDA says

By Diedtra Henderson, Globe Staff?? |?? April 3, 2007

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Tainted wheat gluten that triggered a massive nationwide pet food
recall also ended up in processing plants that prepare food consumed by people, the
Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. While agency leaders offered assurances
that the nation’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
Nov. 3, 2006 to Jan. 23 of this year and contained “minimal labeling” to indicate
whether it was intended for humans or animals. The vast majority went to pet food
manufacturers and distributors, according to the FDA. But some of the processing
plants that remain under FDA scrutiny make both human and pet food.

“To date, we have nothing that indicates it’s gone into human food,” said Dorothy
Miller , director of the FDA’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
Ltd. 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 Del Monte Foods Co.’s pet products division, Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. , and Nestle
Purina Pet Care Co.

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 FDA’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 FDA has traced the pet food problem to a single exporter ,
Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. in Wangdien , China ,
and is now blocking the company’s wheat gluten shipments. The agency also
is tracing the route of nearly three months’ supply of the 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 FDA
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 America’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
of complaints for all topics last year. In an “unprecedented” show of force, the FDA
assigned 400 employees to track down the suspect shipments, field worried calls, and
test 430 samples of potentially contaminated wet and dry food, said Michael Rogers ,
who directs FDA field investigations .


P.S. I am changing the way I feed my dog, more Raw and home-made food. I am also
changing the food I feed myself and my family…If you don’t feed it to your dog, then
you probably shouldn’t put it into your own mouth.

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