ChemNutra CEO to Testify at Congressional Hearing on Food Safety

Itchmo has learned that Steve Miller, CEO of ChemNutra, is scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday, April 24 at 9:30 am Eastern time.

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing titled “Diminished Capacity: Can the FDA Assure the Safety and Security of the Nation’s Food Supply?”

ChemNutra was the middleman that sold wheat gluten containing melamine to Menu Foods and other companies. Full subcommittee schedule is here.

45 Responses to “ChemNutra CEO to Testify at Congressional Hearing on Food Safety”

  1. Steve says:

    Bout time Miller answers some questions. We’ll be watching.

  2. susanUnPC says:

    I see that Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA), from Bainbridge Island/Seattle, is on the committee.

    We can write or call him. Great guy.

  3. 5CatMom says:

    “Diminished Capacity: Can the FDA Assure the Safety and Security of the Nation’s Food Supply?”

    Now THERE’s a stupid question! Didn’t the Pittsburg Trib report that melamine contaminated pet food was fed to hogs in CA, and the hogs went to market?

    Gee subcommittee, I guess the answer to your question is NO.

  4. 4lgdfriend says:

    YES! dang right we’ll be watching. Grill him. Fry him. And hang him up to dry. How about the wife? The “qualified inspector”. Where’s she? we want her in there too.

  5. Steve says:

    Certainly Mr. Miller doesn’t expect the American public to just be mindless zombies shoveling toxic poisons into their and their pets mouths three times a day.

    Or does he?

  6. Sandi says:

    Itchmo, is this going to be aired and if so, what channel? Thank you!

  7. JaiKaiKat says:

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. She’s really sharp and quite the go-getter! Please call/email her with your concerns and/or comments!

  8. Pet Connection Blog » Pet-food recall: Another congressional hearing set says:

    […] Itchmo has the goods on a House hearing Tuesday, at which the ChemNutra CEO is to appear. The title of the hearing? “Diminished Capacity: Can the FDA Assure the Safety and Security of the Nation’s Food Supply?” […]

  9. Anonymous says:

    Should be more crud recalled tonight - ready to hit the press on Mon a.m. and just in time for the hearing! yeah.

  10. Ann says:

    This entire pet food crisis has been grossly mishandled.
    Question: Yesterday I read that the FDA stated it has banned the importation of ALL wheat gluten from China. Really?

    Since the USA imports 70% of wheat gluten processed into pet/livestock/human food and most of it comes from China or the Netherlands — WHERE has the US pet and human food production plants obtained replacement sources of this vast amount of imported wheat gluten? (The FDA has stated all imported Chinese wheat gluten is now blocked….something just doesn’t add up here.)

  11. 4lgdfriend says:

    ANN:….and how much do they still have on hand??? the (of course untainted) bags that weren’t pink and weren’t labelled in 6ft neon letters “melamine” ??

  12. 4lgdfriend says:

    what a joke, banning all chinese wh gluten coming in! there’s no port security, no inspectors, and they don’t even know where all the crap that’s already here went’.

    Answer: PR CYA BS.

  13. karen says:

    Frankly, I think all food products from China should be banned for a while; there’s a long history of problems in China’s food for export supplies that indicate we’re probably all just very lucky serious issues haven’t come up before this, ie, it was only a matter of time.

    I’d like to see new labelling requirements for all food products for both human and animal consumption: not only all ingredients clearly spelled out, but country of origin as well, and name and address of suppliers. It’ll never happen of course; business wouldn’t tolerate the increased expense and would browbeat the politicians into caving in under threat of withheld political contributions, job losses in politicians’ districts, etc.

  14. 5CatMom says:


    There’s a company in Kansas that makes gluten. Who’d have thunk?

    I’ll try to find the name. It has initials “P _ _ or something. I can’t remember.

  15. rintoko says:

    I’m still very confused about that pink bag labeled melamine found at Wilbur-Ellis. The other bags tested negative right? The media’s not digging this, but I really want to know what the heck that was about. Did they add that stuff at Wilbur-Ellis, or at another middleman between Wilbur-Ellis and the manufacture? I think the wheat gluten was altered by Binzou Anying Bio tech, but really wonder about where melamine was added to rice protein in the supply chain.

  16. Krystal says:

    My boyfriend works for Wawa, a 7-eleven type chain, for those of you who don’t know. They only sell a few cans of food…but PAWS is the major thing. He had me print out the list for him, and the store called their corporate office to check into it.. No update from my boyfriend yet, but it got me thinking.. A lot of convenience stores, pharmacies (RIte Aid, Eckerd), etc only sell a few pet foods…Please check that they’ve pulled items, because they may be completely unaware!

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Is there a lawyer in the house? We’d like a form letter that our readers can use that would say something like “This food (fill in the blank) has been recalled by the manufacturer. Selling this food could open you up to potential liability resulting from death and illness of pets who consumed this product. Cease selling this immediately.”

    Itchmo will publish this form letter so that we can stop poorly informed stores from sickening more pets.

  17. DC says:

    Our local news just ran the new Royal Canin recall story, indicating the food was recalled due to “tainted wheat gluten”. I emailed them to let them know that wheat gluten was last week’s story, and since then we’ve had recalls due to tainted rice protein and tainted corn gluten…all imported from China. And that today we found out that a ranch in California had been closed for feeding the same Franken-grains to pigs, now making this a human-grade food problem. I informed them that in my opinion this is a serious systemic poisoning that is not getting the press it should.

    They should spend more time researching the news and less time in the make-up room.

  18. Stephanie says:

    Del Monte Pet Products Do Not Contain Chinese Corn Gluten
    April 20, 2007—In light of the recent pet food recall, Del Monte Pet Products would like you to know the following:

    No Del Monte pet foods or snacks are made using Chinese corn gluten.

    We do not use rice gluten or rice protein concentrate in any of our pet foods and snacks.

    The limited amount of Del Monte pet foods or snacks found to contain adulterated Chinese wheat gluten have been voluntarily recalled, and we no longer source from the Chinese company that supplied contaminated wheat gluten.

    The safety and nutritional quality of our pet products is our top priority. All of our products currently on store shelves are safe and nutritious. And as pet parents, you can feel confident feeding our products to your pets.

    We would like you to know that Del Monte Pet Products for dogs and cats do not contain Rice Protein Concentrate, the ingredient at the center of the Natural Balance recall.

    The safety and nutritional quality of our pet products is our top priority. All of our products currently on store shelves are safe and nutritious. And as pet parents, you can feel confident feeding our products to your pets.

    This is the first company I have seen to mention the corn gluten specifically. They must be getting calls. Some of the others mention no glutens in general.

  19. Stephanie says:

    Pedigree is offering free samples of their food too.

    No mention of glutens or where they are sourced that I could see on the site.

  20. Sharon says:

    Houston local news just ran a story about food being back on the shelves. Apparently the same recalled brands but with different date codes are being restocked. How in the world is the consumer supposed to keep track of this stuff? We are all on the internet but what about those who are not? Even if you google on pet food recall news none of this stuff appears. Icthmo and Howl911 and a couple of other sites are the only real information we are getting and the majority of Americans are not here. It’s like we are preaching to the converted. How can we better inform the public?

  21. Sharon says:

    Stephanie, where did that Del Monte statement come from? I can’t find it on their webpage or in the news.

  22. rintoko says:

    It’s in the latest news section of
    Direct link:

  23. Steve says:

    Oh please spare me all the “beautiful people having their toxic picnic” imagery again.

  24. Stephanie says:


    beautiful people having a toxic picnic.

    That was good stuff.

  25. DC says:

    what does everyone think of Nature’s Variety? I had been considering ordering from their website, this may have cinched it.

  26. DC says:

    Sorry! I meant Honest Kitchen. Long freaking day.

  27. Sandy says:

    I just wrote almost all the Senators ..I am fed up..Hey we VOTE and my vote for US President will depend on which party stands up for us and our pets

    EMAIL all you can THAT WILL make a difference IF anything will. WE are a lobby in that we are consumers and can stop buying allowing less money to pass between the KNOWN main lobbies

  28. Stephanie says:

    How long do you think it will take for them to test the corn gluten? Or other vegetable proteins from China.

    Maybe we will find out that it is contaminated in two weeks. Drag this whole thing out for another month. At this rate, it will be fall before they recall all the affected product. This baloneys gone on long enough.

  29. Sharon says:

    The director of the FDA used to be the director of the NIH. shows that NIH employees and consultants have been under investigation for conflict of interest charges since 2004. From an April 4th 2007 news release “The National Institutes of Health has temporarily suspended a federal contractor that had been reviewing the health dangers of chemicals for the government while also working for the chemical industry.” Want to bet the same thing is going on at the FDA?

  30. teric says:

    The headlines on Fox News just came on!!!

    The HEADLINES were about Apple & The IPOD, Stocks & most important Alec Baldwin’s nasty message to his daughter & the gut who was kicked off American Idol last night. Not ONE word about the recall, toxic food, etc….. Not one word.

  31. Joan Steik says:

    Quote for this Evening

    Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with the important matters. - Albert Einstein

  32. Lynn says:

    Re Senate SubCommittee Hearing of 2007-04-24 Tues at 9:30 AM ET:

    I don’t know if they’re televising it yet, but here’s a link you may have to truncate in order to get the listings for your area.

    Only the schedule through Mon 04-23-2007 is listed so far. I guess they only list a day or so ahead of time, so check back for Tuesday’s listings.


  33. Steve says:

    Thanks Kat!

    Criminal Probe Opened in Pet Food Scare
    FDA Says Charges Possible; Tainted Pork Confirmed in Calif.

    By Patricia Sullivan
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, April 21, 2007; Page A10

    The Food and Drug Administration has opened a criminal investigation in the widening pet food contamination scandal, officials said yesterday, as it was confirmed that tainted pork might have made its way onto human dinner plates in California.

  34. teric says:

    Steve & Kat,

    With this news, ya think the FDA will take more interest in what has been going on for over a month now? Do you think they may tell us WHO purchased the toxic products? We will see. I’m not holding my breath. FDA stands for something else as far as I am concerned.

  35. Steve says:

    Teric, Special Agents sometimes unwittingly find themselves chasing the tail of their own government. It seems to happen a lot these days. If they ever catch it, look out.

  36. ~Martha~ says:

    Steve is correct. Well said Steve.

  37. Mary says:

    Dr. Michael W. Fox, who has excellent credentials, has a very interesting theory about this. He believes these grains grown in China were genetically engineered and that has caused the problem. Aminopterin is a marker for GE. If true, this would explain the actions of the FDA and the Chinese government:

  38. Mary says:

    The url for Dr. Fox’es theory is:

  39. Lynn says:

    The problem with most government agencies is that they have too many procedures that employees must follow, walled in by too many regulations designed to [supposedly] prevent overstepping of boundaries and thus duplicating effort. Chain of command prevails with little, if any, opportunity to employ new and innovative strategy without prior authorization of those at the top. [Sigh.]

  40. Sharon says:

    A criminal investigation needs to be started regarding why the head of the FDA is protecting corporations and refusing to say who purchased the toxic products. If people start dying can we accuse him of criminally negligent homicide?

  41. Karen says:

    When it comes to people, they are all over it.

    Pets, on the other hand…

    So, what does FDA stand for?

  42. » Blog Archive » Melamine~Gluten says:

    […] Itchmo has learned that Steve Miller, CEO of ChemNutra, is scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday, April 24 at 9:30 am Eastern time. […]

  43. CathyA says:

    Still time to call the Oversight & Investigations subcommittee heads:
    John Dingell - ex officio 202-225-4071
    Chair Bart Stupar 202-225-4735
    Vice Chair Charlie Melancon 202-225-4031
    and at least any other subcommittee members from your state:

    Bart Stupak (MI), Chairman
    Diana DeGette, CO
    Ed Whitfield, KY, Ranking Member
    Charlie Melancon, LA, Vice Chair
    Greg Walden, OR
    Henry A. Waxman, CA
    Mike Ferguson, NJ
    Gene Green, TX
    Tim Murphy, PA
    Mike Doyle, PA
    Michael C. Burgess, TX
    Jan Schakowsky, IL
    Marsha Blackburn, TN
    Jay Inslee, WA
    Joe Barton, TX (Ex Officio)
    John D. Dingell (Ex Officio)

  44. CathyA says:

    Congresswoman DeGette will be at the hearing, Mike Doyle has a conflict but will try and attend. Couldn’t find anyone else who was attending, though I assume the Chair and Vice Chair will be there.

  45. CathyA says:

    Lynn said: Chain of command prevails with little, if any, opportunity to employ new and innovative strategy without prior authorization of those at the top. [Sigh.]

    …..yep, gov’mint is run like the army. Don’t use your brain, just do as I say.

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