F.D.A. searches ChemNutra's offices

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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LAS VEGAS — The Food and Drug Administration has searched ChemNutra’s offices in relation to a misdemeanor investigation to determine if the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act has been violated.

ChemNutra imported wheat gluten from a Chinese company called Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd. The wheat gluten was found to be contaminated melamine, a chemical associated with plastics manufacture and fertilizer, which led to Menu Foods’ recent pet food recall.

"We have cooperated and complied fully with F.D.A. investigators both prior to and since being served with today’s search warrant, and will continue to do so," said Steve Miller, chief executive officer of ChemNutra. "We keep very good records, which has made it relatively easy for the investigators to retrieve what they needed."

Mr. Miller also said ChemNutra believes Menu Foods used more wheat gluten on a monthly basis than what his company supplied. He said he hopes Menu Foods releases its other sources to the F.D.A.

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