I’ve never heard of him before (so I’ve got no idea how reliable he is) but, David Goldstein at The Huffington Post wrote yesterday that Del Monte foods received tainted wheat gluten in a “food-grade” shipment:
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.
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.
I don’t want to be an alarmist, but I can’t help but wonder: Why aren’t BIG questions being asked? Like:
What exactly could melamine poisoning do to humans? And what does it do to animals? It seems to be affecting cats more than dogs, so is it weight-related?
How can we be assured that factories are keeping “food-grade” additives separate from “non-food-grade” additives. Especially in foreign countries.
How much of our food comes from other countries? And how does the FDA inspect it? I’ve heard that some countries use pesticides that we’ve banned. Do we get foods treated with them here?
I think it’s time we are told more detail about the ingredients in our packaged food — human & pet. And I don’t think it’s alarmist to ask.