Itchmo has learned that ChemNutra, the US importer of tainted wheat gluten, was searched by the FDA. The most shocking part of this release is that ChemNutra says: “Menu Foods used significantly more wheat gluten monthly than we supplied to them, so we hope that Menu Foods will disclose its other sources to the FDA.”
We’ll let that sink in a little. Just to let you know, Menu Foods sued ChemNutra earlier in the day.
Full release after the jump.
ChemNutra Offices Searched by FDA
Las Vegas â€“ April 26, 2007 — The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today conducted a search of ChemNutraâ€™s offices in Las Vegas, NV, as part of a misdemeanor investigation into whether the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act has been violated.
ChemNutraâ€™s officers have been informed that, under the legal doctrine of â€œstrict liability,â€ the company could be held accountable because it imported the melamine-adulterated wheat gluten that is one reason for the current pet food recalls, even though the company had no prior knowledge, or reason to believe, that its Chinese supplier had put melamine in the product.
Steve Miller, Chief Executive Officer of ChemNutra, said â€œWe have cooperated and complied fully with FDA investigators both prior to and since being served with todayâ€™s search warrant, and will continue to do so. We keep very good records which has made it relatively easy for the investigators to retrieve what they needed.â€ He added that, â€œWe also now believe that our wheat gluten customer, Menu Foods, used significantly more wheat gluten monthly than we supplied to them, so we hope that Menu Foods will disclose its other sources to the FDA to ensure that any suspect product is quarantined.
â€œWe placed our wheat gluten in quarantine as soon as Menu Foods informed us that it might have contributed to pet illnesses about which Menu Foods had apparently been aware for some time. We can only hope that Menu Foods has taken steps to ensure that this situation will not be allowed to spread even farther because of its inaction.â€
Steven D. Stern
Stern And Company