Tainted Wheat Blamed In Food Deaths Labeled Food Grade


It is looking like the wheat gluten that was responsible for the deaths of the dogs and cats in the Menu Food Recall was labeled “food grade”. This means that the same wheat may  have been distributed for use in the human food chain.

The FDA has refused to name the supplier of the wheat so no one knows whether this company also supplies to human food distributors. That my friends is a scary thought.

Del Monte Foods has confirmed that the melamine-tainted wheat gluten used in several of its recalled pet food products was supplied as a “food grade” additive, raising the likelihood that contaminated wheat gluten might have entered the human food supply.
“Yes, it is food grade,” Del Monte spokesperson Melissa Murphy-Brown wrote in reply to an e-mail query.
Del Monte issued a voluntary recall Saturday for several products under the Gravy Train, Jerky Treats, Pounce, Ol’ Roy, Dollar General and Happy Trails brands.
Wheat gluten is sold in both “food grade” and “feed grade” varieties. Either may be used in pet food, but only “food grade” gluten may be used in the manufacture of products meant for human consumption. Published reports have thus far focused on tainted pet food, but if the gluten in question entered the human food supply through a major food products supplier and processor, it could potentially contaminate thousands of products and hundreds of millions of units nationwide. via The Huffington Post

Posted April 2, 2007 by
Bizarre, WTF | 10 comments

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    10 Responses to “Tainted Wheat Blamed In Food Deaths Labeled Food Grade”

    1. kay zee ess on April 2nd, 2007 11:07 am

      “The FDA has refused to name the supplier of the wheat…”

      My question is WHY and WHO are they protecting, the supplier or the comsuming public? That is not only scary, but also a tad totalitarian, n’est ce pas?

      Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow…oh forget it!

    2. Richard on April 2nd, 2007 1:56 pm

      Remember all the pledges about protecting the food supply we got after 9/11? Hey, they haven’t yet caught the guy who sent the anthrax letters either ….

      Al-Qaida must be laughing themselves sick.

      Think about the economic consequences if the Midwest, the breadbasket of the world, suddenly has to stop grain exports. Can’t imagine that happening, but who knows?

    3. Bodo on April 2nd, 2007 3:06 pm

      The FDA has named the source supplier in a notice to the company informing them that their wheat gluten product shipments will be held and screened at customs until the company does a self inspection of it’s wheat gluten product and takes corrective measures to prove that shipments are cleared of contamination. The name of the company is Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd. The company is in China and exports wheat gluten, wheat flour, cornstarch, sweet potato starch, and other agricultural by-products.

      But there is a problem that may involve other exporters in China. The Xuzhou company said that they do not manufacture the wheat gluten and that the gluten is bought from other companies in China who also sell the product to many other exporters and the Xuzhou company said that the wheat gluten they purchase is sold to the Suzhou Textile Import and Export Co.

      Getting a handle on the contaminated gluten is going to get complicated and I think the FDA needs to ban all wheat gluten imports from all companies whose wheat gluten originated in China until the producers in China can prove that their product is not contaminated. I’m sure it is naive to hope that the FDA might do that but, in my opinion, it is the only responsible thing to do.

    4. Scared Monkeys on April 2nd, 2007 3:34 pm

      Great find Bodo!


    5. Kat_Gram on April 2nd, 2007 5:21 pm

      So, do we all have to live on BOILED GRUEL until this mess is cleared up ?
      Hooray for Global Economy !

    6. Skyboxx on April 2nd, 2007 8:18 pm

      This is the same FDA that approved Vioxx which sickened more than 160,000 people and as of last count killed more than 50,000 people. We lost 58,000 people in the viet nam war, but we took to the streets over that, but America remains silent in the FDA approval of Vioxx, their attempt to silence Dr Graham’s testimony which eventually brought the risks of Vioxx to light and rocked several pharmaceutical companies.

      One has to wonder if the FDA doesn’t police drug companies, would they/will they police food companies?

    7. Hmmmm on April 3rd, 2007 9:25 am

      Read the labels on most organic frozen foods lately? They’re from China. If you believe China is producing food that is on par with our “standards” I’ve got some ocean front property in Oklahoma I’d like to sell you.
      This was a time bomb waiting to explode.

    8. Skyboxx on April 3rd, 2007 11:45 am


      You are correct. Its not funny, but I have this visual of Charelton Heston, screaming It’s people, its people (Soylent Green)

      For those who don’t remember this sci-fi “B” movie, it was set way in the future, ala 2022, I think. Movie premise was–people depended on the good ‘ole government to supply food manufactured by the same. There was murder, intrigue and subsequent investigation and then our star Heston stumbles across a disturbing find….it was wild back then, but not so far fetched today. I like Edward G better as a gangster than the role he played in this one…….

      OVINE, and Bovine derivatives are not screened in other countries as well as the USA…the bomb is indeed ticking…………..ticking…………….

    9. Kat_Gram on April 3rd, 2007 1:31 pm

      Buy ” Certified Organic ” from your own country.
      And ” Certified Organic ” by your OWN country.
      Or just from around your own towns.
      The closer to your area the better.
      In the summer, I buy from a Farmer’s Market, Small producers, they provide their names and addresses as they are proud of what they do.
      I have a big freezer and use the stuff all winter.
      You would be helping the small family operations not the Godzilla Corporate entitites like Cargill.
      If I have a choice, I buy these products.
      Stay away from buying your food from Big Box stores or overly processed foods orgin : Who knows where .
      Or where the ingredients are WTF is that ?

    10. Joan on June 15th, 2009 6:24 pm

      Ok now what my started vomiting daily and had diarrea until she became noticably thin to the point she stopped eatting, but she was drinking up to the day that she literally died. Now what I had her for about 12 yrs and I am so heart broken and cry everyday and doubt I’ll ever get over her lose. I fed my dog Alpo Canned and other products to that are on the recall lists. Every single thing I fed her was on that list. Not fair! Sounds like to me that no matter what Dog Food Manfucturers do theyre products will always be contaminated read http://www.caninekidneydiseasebreakthrough.com and God Help Us to Help Our Pets!!!!

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