The St.Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the FDA is focusing on one supplier of gluten in Kansas. Unfortunately, that like saying “a software company in Silicon Valley” comes to mind, since according to this research paper we linked to earlier (PDF link) from Oklahoma State University. All four domestic wheat gluten producers who account for the vast majority of all US wheat gluten production operate out of Kansas.
The good news is that the FDA inquiry is very specific and is looking at one particular supplier, which could yield faster clues about the source of the problem. The FDA seems focused on evaluating potential harm on humans at this point.
We’re also interested in if the same supplier provided wheat gluten to any other pet food manufacturer.
Also, itchmo was interviewed by the Seattle P-I regarding our concern over the number of potential pet deaths. We sound alarmist compared to the media that continues to report Menu Foods’ original report of 10 deaths. However, based on the FDA, the number of comments on this site and others, we think that currently hundreds of pets deaths have been linked. We’ll know more when the FDA report comes out. We may never know the real truth since many pet parents have buried their little ones long before they heard about the recall.