Cat Food Recall Update: FDA Bans Chinese Company's Wheat Gluten

Imports halted of ingredient that may have led to cat food recall.

Posted: April 3, 2007, 7 p.m. EST

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After finding contaminated wheat gluten in pet food, the United States has banned imports of the item from one Chinese company and suggested further scrutiny of other wheat imports.

In an alert issued March 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that wheat gluten imported from Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Company Ltd. of the Wangdian Industrial Zone in China, contained melamine, a synthetic plastic that may be implicated in recent pet deaths and illnesses that may have occurred after the animals ate pet food containing the toxin.

The FDA said last week that it is still actively tracing the path of the contaminated wheat gluten but does not believe the ingredient has tainted any human food.

Initially, 95 brands of pet food produced by Canada-based Menu Foods Inc. were recalled March 16, but since the FDA’s discovery of the melamine, several additional pet food items were recalled because they used the same wheat gluten supplier as Menu.

The barred Chinese company told the Associated Press that it did not produce the impacted wheat gluten but instead purchased it from other sources.

The FDA import alert does not bar other companies from sending their wheat gluten products to the U.S., but it does recommend that the FDA’s field representatives sample and screen for wheat gluten coming from China and the Netherlands, a country Chinese wheat gluten might travel through.

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Coco    -----------, GA

4/5/2007 3:02:57 PM

Why did we even start buying from them in the first place!?!?!

Lora Hudson    Lakeport, CA

4/5/2007 1:56:46 PM

I feel, strongly, that Friskies cat food (wet and dry) should be tested. My cat died eating these and I noticed my other cats had stopped eating them.

Heidi    Duluth, MN

4/5/2007 11:51:47 AM

It doesnt surprise me! China is dirty and gross! All the chinese resturants here are all so GROSS and dirty! China doesnt care about cats anyway! Chinese people eat them!

Robin    Lees Summit, MO

4/5/2007 11:27:17 AM

I feed my pets Royal Canin dry food and wet food by Dick Van Patten. They are all doing great. By the way they have corn gluten instead of wheat.

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