Chinese Exporter Denies Involvement — Documents Say Otherwise

Suzhou Textiles Silk Light & Industrial Products (the company used by ChemNutra to import the wheat gluten finished by Xuzhou Anying) recently denied that they exported wheat gluten to the US.

Well, here are scans of the documents (PDF) that detail the transaction from ChemNutra. We have no reasons to suspect the validity of these documents. You can clearly read “22 MTS [metric tons] Wheat Gluten” on Suzhou’s invoice to ChemNutra.

45 Responses to “Chinese Exporter Denies Involvement — Documents Say Otherwise”

  1. Steve says:

    Things that make you go, hmmmmmmmmm.

    [Code of Federal Regulations]
    [Title 21, Volume 6]
    [Revised as of April 1, 2006]
    [CITE: 21CFR573.220]




    PART 573 — FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED IN FEED AND DRINKING WATER OF ANIMALSSubpart B–Food Additive Listing Sec. 573.220 Feed-grade biuret.

    Biuret…………………………….. 55 minimum.
    Urea………………………………. 15 maximum.
    Cyanuric acid and triuret……………. 30 maximum.
    Mineral oil………………………… 0.5 maximum.
    Total nitrogen (equivalent to 218.75 pct 35 minimum.
    crude protein).


    Biuret…………………………….. 55 minimum.
    Urea………………………………. 15 maximum.
    Cyanuric acid and triuret……………. 30 maximum.
    Mineral oil………………………… 0.5 maximum.
    Total nitrogen (equivalent to 218.75 pct 35 minimum.
    crude protein).

    The food additive feed grade biuret may be safely used in ruminant feed in accordance with the following prescribed conditions:

    (a) The food additive is the product resulting from the controlled pyrolysis of urea conforming to the following specifications:

    (b) It is used in ruminant feeds as a source of nonprotein nitrogen.

    (c) To assure safe use of the additive:

    (1) The label and labeling of the additive and that of any feed additive supplement, feed additive concentrate, feed additive premix, or complete feed prepared therefrom shall contain, in addition to other information required by the act, the following:

    (i) The name of the additive.

    (ii) The maximum percentage of equivalent crude protein from nonprotein nitrogen.

    (2) The label shall recommend that the diet be balanced to provide adequate nutrients when equivalent crude protein from all forms of nonprotein nitrogen exceed one-third of the total crude protein in the total daily ration.

    [41 FR 38652, Sept. 10, 1976, as amended at 68 FR 27904, May 22, 2003]

  2. ally says:

    Good gosh golly willickers.
    Why am I not surprised?

  3. ally says:

    (my above reply was re: the denial, not Steve’s post)

    And speaking of Steve’s post, I’d STILL like to know why cyanuric acid is on the food additives permitte list?!

  4. Steve says:

    Other things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm.

    Eh Sherlock?

    There is no CFR Record with
    Citation = 573.220://

  5. ally says:

    yeah - just saw that & posted as much in your Itchmo thread.
    the plot thickens, eh?

  6. Anonymous says:

    WOW Itchmo. You guys are GOOD!

  7. Steve says:

    Yes indeed ally. Yes indeed it does.

  8. Eric says:

    That’s a very fine question. Why would they permit using something in pet food/water that’s normal use is in pool treatments? Funny thing, the Wikipedia article for cyanuric acid says that melamine is used to test the levels of cyanuric acid in water, as when combined they form an insoluble white substance.

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Steve, Ally, Eric, et al. I am currently looking into what ratio of melamine to CA would cause crystalization in kidneys. Stay tuned.

  9. denni says:

    all this great wonderful news out of China on the heels of the 2008 Olympics….the toxic dump of world cuisine.

    bon appetit!

  10. Monika says:

    But isn’t this for ruminant feed only? I read that since ruminants have 4 stomachs they can break down the nitrogen that is produced by the cyanuric (sorry if i’m butchering this but i’m not a scientist and am only remembering what I read). If they put this in pet food and in chickens and hogs it would make sense of illness and reactions because those stomachs can’t handle it.

  11. ally says:

    Even if Hollywood tried, I seriously doubt they could come up with a film to out do this story. It’s just to surreal to sound even remotely believable. And I’ve worked in the film biz for almost 20 years.

    ‘Course it wouldn’t surprise me one iota if this story eventually gets made into a MOW or somesuch.

  12. Steve says:

    Urea is produced commercially from synthetic ammonia and carbon dioxide. Urea can be produced as prills, granules, flakes, pellets, crystals and solutions.

    More than 90% of world production is destined for use as a fertilizer. Urea has the highest nitrogen content of all solid nitrogenous fertilizers in common use (46.4%) It therefore has the lowest transportation costs per unit of nitrogen nutrient.

    Urea’s commercial uses include:

    * As a raw material for the manufacture of plastics specifically, urea-formaldehyde resin.
    * As a raw material for the manufacture of various glues (urea-formaldehyde or urea-melamine-formaldehyde). The latter is waterproof and is used for marine plywood.
    * As a component of fertilizer and animal feed, providing a relatively cheap source of fixed nitrogen to promote growth.
    * As an alternative to rock salt in the deicing of roadways and runways. It does not promote metal corrosion to the extent that salt does.
    * As an additive ingredient in cigarettes, designed to enhance flavour.
    * Sometimes used as a browning agent in factory-produced pretzels.
    * As an ingredient in some hair conditioners, facial cleansers, bath oils and lotions.
    * It is also used as a reactant in some ready-to-use cold compresses for first-aid use, due to the endothermic reaction it creates when mixed with water.
    * Active ingredient for diesel engine exhaust treatment AdBlue and some other SCR systems.
    * Used, along with salts, as a cloud seeding agent to expedite the condensation of water in clouds, producing precipitation.
    * The ability of urea to form clathrates (also called host-guest complexes, inclusion compounds, and adducts) was used in the past to separate paraffins.
    * As a flame-proofing agent.
    * As a clean burning fuel for motor vehicles and stationary engines.
    * As a NOx-reducing reactant in combustion exhaust streams, especially diesel.
    * As an ingredient in many tooth whitening products.
    * Used in coal fired power plants to reduce NO emissions.

  13. ally says:

    “ITCHMO ADMIN: Steve, Ally, Eric, et al. I am currently looking into what ratio of melamine to CA would cause crystalization in kidneys. Stay tuned.”

    Copy that.
    Will do.
    Can’t wait.

  14. Eric says:

    No kidding. Those who have likened this to a never ending Twilight Zone/X-Files episode are absolutely correct. The whole is simply mind-boggling and much more surreal and frightening than anything Hollywood could come up with.

  15. Steve says:

    ally Says: at 3:11 pm

    Apocalypse Now comes to mind. And of course The French Connection.

  16. E. Hamilton says:

    Seems it aint just the big pet food companies keeping an eye on us , is it?

  17. Steve says:

    Melamine is produced from urea, mainly by either of two methods: catalyzed gas-phase production or high pressure liquid-phase production.

    Melamine is produced from the heating of dicyanodiamide, which is prepared from the polymerization of cyanamide

  18. Steve says:

    E. Hamilton Says: at 3:21 pm

    I’ve got all my bases covered.

    Wink wink

  19. ally says:

    Steve Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    ‘Course we can’t forget The China Syndrome now can we?

    wink, wink indeed.

  20. E. Hamilton says:

    All those vanishing documents and the eyes that watch us here and then change headlines and cover up the story?

    Think about who might want to hear about all these dirty tricks.
    THINK, you know the answer. And there are a LOT of answers, your answer may very well be different from mine, I hope it is.

    How long would the watergate cover up have lasted if there were a THOUSAND deep throats?
    Or five thousand?

  21. Eric says:

    Speaking of cover ups, etc…Has anyone heard from Teric? There are a lot of us holding our breath waiting for the test results to come back on the Canidae, Felidae, Kumpi and KumpiKat.

  22. E. Hamilton says:

    Elections are coming up, boys and girls, this is the kind of thing that makes a difference, make sure the folks who need to know, DO know.

    Put the tool in their hand and help them use it.

    If the news gets out and the cover up stops and the spin stops, then it won’t be much of an issue. But how much chance is there is that a sudden outbreak of honesty is gonna happen?

  23. Steve says:

    Oh wait. Kim found something.

  24. Carol says:

    Reminds me of a story about a hand and a cookie jar!

  25. ally says:

    Steve - but why is Kim’s link working and your original one not?
    (as I asked over at PC)

  26. Steve says:

    I don’t know ally.

    Check this out.

  27. Monika says:

    Here’s a lab at University of Guelph that has information on crystals specific
    to melamine and cyanuric acid when added to cat urine. They see crystals when there is (wavy line)30% melamine. Just scroll for images of the crystals, comparisons to non-toxic wheat gluten and graphs of sorts. If anyone can interpret this better please do so. Great resource. Someone is taking note.

  28. Carol says:

    I just read what Steve posted and now know why my 2 year old golden has cancer and why each time I went for radiation and chemo to the oncologist, about 20 visits, I met a new pet and pet parent every time.

  29. Monika says:

    More labs with photos and images and graphs and all the science:

  30. Monika says:

    Analysis of the crystals in the kidneys of affected animals have revealed that they are approximately 70 percent cyanuric acid and 30 percent melamine, and are extremely insoluble. Furthermore, tests mixing melamine and cyanuric acid in samples of cat urine resulted in almost immediate formation of crystals that were identical to crystals found in the kidneys of affected animals. Two other melamine- related substances–ammelide and ammeline–may also play roles and are under investigation.

  31. Monika says:

    That article - if you scroll down has a slew of information on specific toxicity in rats, cats, dogs, humans (this is just from a glance)

  32. susanUnPC says:

    ALLY wrote: “the plot thickens, eh?”

    Well, sure it does, Ally. It’s got wheat gluten as a thickening agent.

  33. ally says:

    susanUnPC wrote @ 3:52pm
    “Well, sure it does, Ally. It’s got wheat gluten as a thickening agent.”

    *chair fall*

    thanks, susan.
    laughs are too far & few between these days…..

  34. YaYa says:

    I just read the FDA Conference….

    Movie parts. Well as in Cujo and it’s ‘contaminated cereal’- “Nope, nothing wrong here”…We seem to hear that Alot.

    And actually with things “changing” on us, that part bothers me along with the rest of you.

    Thinking “Silkwood”, I did not like the Ending :-P

    Do we need an Erin Brocovich type to get Involved?

    On this pork and chicken meat already being sent to market etc:

    There was Absolutely No time, ‘down time’ between the “US” knowing it had gotten that far {or the FDA USDA in my opinion}, the spillage, to the animals who gets, ALOT of those type products Directly BEFORE sale/butcher.

    Hog feed, sure every day, but RICH pet food spillage?

    How do they know? Without Testing a group of people?
    Healthy People and People with Illnesses, already???
    Weakened people?

    How can they just stand there, {and I know there was NO TIME to Verify it} and Say It’s Safe??? We had consumed it BEFORE the Pet Food Recalls!

    Like with alot of Cattle, they go to FEEDLOTS to get a Brief but RICH Fattening right before Butchering. Previously they may have been getting grass and hay on the Farms. {or right before Auction}

    You know those packaged foods, cans, pouches, and bags…sure have a LOOOooong “fresh/sell by” date on them, maybe MF found some in the closet? :-P

    Did that make sense?
    I think I’d better eat before I type any-more!
    I’ve been putting off meals for hours!
    And Im not all that overjoyed with food right now!

    I read some report some-where about these particuler chemicals causing DNA alterations. Anyone else seen reports like that too? Did I read them through HERE at Itchmo?

    Oh- Now to find something SAFE to eat.

  35. Loretta Anderson says:

    I found a chinese company that specializes in food grade and feed grade additives, they also advertive

  36. Bill says:

    What about US Customs documents?

  37. Pet Connection Blog » Pet-food recall: The Wall Street Journal on the paper trail says:

    […] Wall Street Journal heads down the same paper trail that Itchmo has been on: A stamped invoice for wheat gluten adds to evidence linking two Chinese companies to a widening […]

  38. Bill says:

    The purchase order, the certificate of analysis, and the invoice to ChemNutra is on this site. But there are many other forms that would have to be generated to clear US Customs. Does anyone know if there has been a FOA request? Though I’m not sure these docs would be covered by the Freedom of Information Act.

  39. Phyllis says:

    Carol– have you thought of alternative treatment for your dog’s cancer? It can be used WITH chemo or without. I know because I use it. I had Stage IV colon cancer3 3/4 years ago. It is called Gemmotherapy and consists of herbal tinctures placed in water. I use several to de-tox, one for scar tissue break up, and one to fight the cancer. After I got well, I added some to work on other problems like my asthma, hypothyroidism and low blood iron due to the chemo treatments. talks about gemmotherapy, and Dr. Blake has a page of practitioners to contact.

  40. Phyllis says:

    PS Carol– I started in Sept 2003 and still take the products. I soon felt better than I had for years, and now I feel good and have lots of energy. Plus my asthma is less severe and my foot problems have all but disappeared. I had Plantar Fasciitis. The chemo did NOT make my asthma less — it worsened it, caused osteoporosis and it did not heal my feet. Anyway, I used the chemo to knock the cancer on the head, but it is the gemmotherapy that cleansed, built up and strengthened me.

  41. Phyllis says:

    Purr-Purr, my cat that died of Renal Failure last July, nursed me through the chemo treatments by laying on me or next to me whenever I came home sick from a “treatment.” She was wonderful, and I miss her deeply.

  42. Phyllis says:

    Yaya — how about an Itchmovitch type to get involved :>)

  43. YaYa says:

    Phyllis! I Like it! :-D

    Things have been happening {again} so fast and furious I forget to get back to threads and read!

    We will call her Erin Itchmovitch!

  44. shallah says:

    re: things that make you go hmmm

    delete the :// off the end of the url and you get the FDA page just as copied. see for yourself here:

  45. e wem says:

    Urea is the main ingredient of urine. That is why we call the urinary tract by that name.

    Urea is the primary waste product of cow urine. They have to get rid of it too. Even if their stomachs can handle it, I cannot but believe it stresses their systems also.

    It galls me that they are feeding what is essentially urine to livestock.

    I used to have a copy of the GRAS list. It is a large book of ‘Generally Recognized As Safe’ food ingredients for humans and livestock.

    If a material is put on the GRAS list, it often does not have to be listed as an ingredient on the label. A bottle of Vanilla can be labeled ‘Pure Vanilla Extract this product contains …..’ and contain a bunch of stuff they do not even have to warn you are missing from the ingredients list.

    Beer can have over a hundred different ingredients that do not have to be mentioned on the label. You can get this list from the gov printing office if you have a strong stomach and low blood pressure.

    Some foods like the older food colorings were grandfathered onto the list without further testing because they had been in use so long.

    I feel so sad for my furbabies who are stuggling. They would have been happy to eat mice had I let them

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