Contaminated Wheat Gluten Looks For Other Uses

Tons of melamine tainted wheat gluten earmarked for Del Monte is currently sitting in a warehouse in Pennsylvania because it’s too valuable to throw out. The owners are looking for an industrial, non-food use for these stockpiles.

In contrast to the safe-dilution levels we have been hearing on the FDA conference calls, the FDA’s district director Thomas Gardine says “You cannot dilute out a contaminant. The product is bad.”

The article continues:

The FDA found melamine-related compounds in the raw ingredients but, in the processed feed, only at levels too small to quantify, he said. The health risk to animals and humans is considered low, so the agency allowed the feed to be sold, he said.

The district director also says “We can think of no cognizant reason that the purposeful contamination was limited to wheat, corn and rice.”

Also, another tidbit (emphasis ours):

This week, the FDA announced that a Toledo company, Tembec BTLSR Inc., intentionally had been adding melamine and related compounds to fish and shrimp feed, and to a bonding agent, all of which a Colorado company sold or used to make livestock feed. A Tembec official said the feed was made with the same formulation for the past three years.

It just keeps getting worse.
(Thanks sieweke)

129 Responses to “Contaminated Wheat Gluten Looks For Other Uses”

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  1. thomas says:

    Ihave found the web site to be helpful. They list what American companies have businesses in China. Our government can make all the agreements they want with foreign countries , they can not makeus the consumer buy the products. If I am shopping and the product says distributed by or made in any country but the U.S.A. I put the product back on the shelf!!!!

  2. Deb says:

    Thomas…..Thank you very much for posting that site. What a horror it was to find out……the ever so higher prized status symbol of handbags…..COACH…… nothing but over priced garbage made in China!!!!!!!!!

  3. TC says:

    thomas, another thanks for that link.

  4. JJ says:

    Ellie and DMS here is the site where the article explains acetemenophen as a component of Microcrystalline Cellulose and what concentrations too: the main web site is: and the article in full is at: Also for anyone checking this does that mean any vitamin in a plastic capsule, supplement, medicine, etc that is enclosed in cellulose might also contain acetemenophen? Are we being overdosed if this is in fact in these plastic capsules with acetemenophen?

  5. JJ says:

    sorry do not know why it posted with the 3 … but again here is the place for the article in full:

  6. JJ says:

    here goes one more time: in place of the 3 … should be Detail.jsp?=id18599

  7. JJ says:

    www . pharmtech . com / pharmtech / article / articleDetail .jsp ? id=18599 now hopefully when you type it all together in your search box you can go directly to the article

  8. Ellie says:

    JJ Says:

    June 3rd, 2007 at 4:11 pm
    www . pharmtech . com / pharmtech / article / articleDetail .jsp ? id=18599 now hopefully when you type it all together in your search box you can go directly to the article

    As I skim through, all I see is a study about how adding different types of microcrystalline cellulose to acetaminophen to form the tablets affects the hardness of the tablets. That is the purpose of microcrystalline cellulose in the formulation.

    I’m not a scientist, and the article is far too technical for me. Where do you see anything in there that is equating microcrystalline cellulose with acetaminophen? They are two different ingredients.

  9. YaYa says:

    Bravo TC and others. I’ve been called an alarmist too right here, in the Blogs. But as this thing goes on and Grows, confidence in my decisions and advice asked for and/or shared here, Still feels right despite what skeptics say.

    As you say, let them eat the crap, oooops, I should more delicately, let them eat the melamine Cake. {and beef and eggs and fish and pork and chicken and etc etc etc.}

    When I was younger, before we bought a huge Deep Freezer, and had our Beef and pork slaughtered for us, we also got to rent a Freezer at the Meat ‘packers’.

    This might Still be possible for those who have No Freezer {space} and want to stock up on seasonal foods.

    I know we did have some other foods kept there as well.
    Folks could check around for Freezer rentals like that possibly. {at meat packers}
    You can go once a week and stock up and bring it home for your home freezer. And I carry a Big cooler in my Truck in the Summer, so I can always put cool/cold purchases etc in it, before I get home.

    These days as long as you *Blanch Fresh veggies* and herbs, you can Freeze them very nicely. {you do need to use decent freezer bags OR learn how to freeze in pint and quart plastic containers or Jars.}

    {you can also dry and dehydrate some foods}

    Good Book for ALL of this is “Putting Foods By”. {can’t remember the author right now but there have been several editions}.
    Calling the Home Extension Service or visiting their Web-sites as I’ve mentioned before, is Great too.

    Just some ideas.

  10. thomas says:

    Deb & TC you are welcome for the link. I have pets and have changed them to CN I call the company weekly and make sure there are no problems , before I buy food. I have also ask if they import any ingredients, I also want to know if any company they buy from imports any. I found the link when researching pet food parent companys.

    For me this whole incident with the pet food has been a real wake up call. I am going organic, If I buy at a farmers market I ask about pesticides an GMO’s. If they tell me they bought the produce some where else I do not buy it.

    Hopefully all the people that are upset will become more involved and let our elected officials here are voices. Hopefully the new voting machines in our state will work !!!

  11. JJ says:

    Ellie the whole point of that site was to point out that microcrystalline cellulose contains acetemenophen. Glad you found out that it effect the hardness of tablets. Just found it odd that it is in a bottle of Vitamin B tablets that I have. I do not want to consume acetemenophen in any form with my vitamins, supplements or any food that I may eat or my pets would eat either no matter what it is combined with. When people prepare a meal or feed their pet I’m sure they dont say “oh wait a moment gotta mix up some acetemenophen or ibuprofen in the food first”. It does not belong in food or supplements, vitamins etc at all.

  12. HomeGrown says:

    We all want change and the only way is to email the people who have the authority to do it. Right now the Food Safety Bill has been tabled and without our input will slowly die. It has been sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. If you scroll down you will see the Food Safety Bill. At the top of the page is a place you can email the committee.

    Flood them with emails!!!!!

  13. furmom says:

    Re: the microcrystalline tablets

    It does state that acetaminophen is the active ingredient (in this case), meaning that it is that type of tablet. Microcrystalline cellulose is just the binder, and they were pointing out how it makes a harder tablet with AC than lactose, and it compared the hardness related to the concentration of
    AC used. There is not suggeston AC would be mixed with other random ingredients except as an AC tablet. The MC might be found in lots of vitamins etc. because it’s not the active ingredient, just the binder to make it into a tablet (otherwise you’d have to use caplets, capsules, or eat loose powder.

  14. Deb says:

    I think in general we are in a boatload of trouble here. I could be totally wrong here……but I think any product sold at Wal-Mart should be totally off limits… matter what store it’s in (I have seen Amy’s Organics, Jason and Tom’s). Apparently the vendors have to bow down and kiss butt to get into there. I have a feeling quality may become secondary. I am sure this site has been posted before:

    Makes very interesting reading.

    I broke my friend’s daughter heart about her COACH handbag….she HAD to have….or else she would die. I think everyone knows the 16 year old’s whine. This kid worked so hard to save the $400.00 up, she was picking up dog poop, cleaning ovens, washing windows….all at slave wages. I took her to the mall to get the thing…..I tried to talk her out of it…..One of her reasonings was it’s AMERICAN MADE! HA…..the face on a 16 year old when you tell them…..I told you so… priceless.

    At what point is all this BS considered fraud??? The companies are failing to representive the products in a truthful manner…..some of the products can be considered dangerous to one’s health….is there any action that the American public can take against these big boys?

  15. Lorna says:

    “…no matter what store it’s in (I have seen Amy’s Organics, Jason and Tom’s). ”

    Oh say it isn’t so!!

    AMY’S??? There’s a problem with AMY’S organic meals??!!


  16. Debbie4747 says:

    For those of you banning Walmart, there are still some things you can do there just for fun:

    15 Things to do at Wal-Mart while your spouse/partner/parent is taking their

    1. Get 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in peoples carts when
    aren’t looking.

    2. Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute

    3. Make a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the rest rooms.

    4. Walk up to an employee and tell them “Code 3 in Housewares” and see
    they do.

    5. Go to the Service Desk and ask to put a bag of M&M’s on lay-away.

    6. Move a ‘CAUTION - WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.

    7. Set up a tent in the camping department and tell other shoppers
    invite them in if they’ll bring pillows from the bedding department.

    8. When a clerk asks if they can help you, begin to cry and ask, “Why
    you people just leave me alone?”

    9. Look right into the security camera; use it as a mirror, and brush your teeth with one of their toothbrushes

    10. While handling guns in the hunting department, ask the clerk if he
    where the antidepressants are.

    11. Dart around the store suspiciously loudly humming the “Mission

    12. In the auto department, practice your “Madonna look” using different

    13. Hide in a clothing rack and when people browse through, say “PICK

    14. When an announcement comes over the loud speaker, assume the fetal
    position and scream “NO! NO! It’s those voices again!!”

    And, last, but not least!

    15. Go into a fitting room, shut the door and wait a while; and then
    very loudly, “There is no toilet paper in here!”

  17. Deb says:

    Lorna….yes Amy’s is in Wally’s…..I noticed last week (I am forced to do into the place because of my part time job.) I noticed in the canned soup section. BUT…it depends on the type of Wal-Mart you are in….the one I noticed it is considered ‘upscale’ (????? GO FIGURE). Some of the Wall-marts also have Newman’s Organic dog food tucked way in the back of the pet dept. Scary.

    There was also someother other products, which I didn’t pay much attention to….that I know are normally found in the Nature Market section of grocery and at organice food store. I’ll pay more attention to product line this week…..if I am in an upscale store.

    Upscale Wally World…..there is something way wrong with that one.

    I didn’t say there is a problem with Amy’s BUT after reading the anti Wal-mart website….no longer trust any product that is sold in that place……no matter where it is to be found.

    What ever happened to QUALITY vs QUANITY???????

  18. Ellie says:

    JJ Says:

    June 3rd, 2007 at 9:07 pm
    Ellie the whole point of that site was to point out that microcrystalline cellulose contains acetemenophen. Glad you found out that it effect the hardness of tablets.


    No, that is NOT what it says. The article was about how different types of microcrystalline cellulose affect the tablet. It does NOT say that microcrystalline cellulose contains acetaminophen.

    JJ Says:

    Just found it odd that it is in a bottle of Vitamin B tablets that I have. I do not want to consume acetemenophen in any form with my vitamins, supplements or any food that I may eat or my pets would eat either no matter what it is combined with. When people prepare a meal or feed their pet I’m sure they dont say “oh wait a moment gotta mix up some acetemenophen or ibuprofen in the food first”. It does not belong in food or supplements, vitamins etc at all.

    MCC is SUPPOSED to be in the tablet–it’s what is used to get the medicine into tablet form. It is NOT the same as acetaminophen.

    There are enough real problems with tainted food ingredients–I don’t think we need misinformation when NO problem exists.

  19. Deb says:


    The number ONE thing we can do at Wally World to mess with them……is move the RFID product around……Wally tracks product movement with a Microchip tracking system. I have to find the source of the 2003 article…..joint effort between Wally and our friends at P&G…..this one states the the ability to tract shaving cream to the home of the buyer.

    Currently the claim is products are chipped for inventory purposes. I thought the POS register did that….along with the floor staff.

    Consider me a tad bit paranoid….why do products need chips for tracking? Is Wally the dreaded Big Brother?

    Wal-Mart Continues RFID Technology Expansion
    400 More Stores to be RFID Enabled This Year;
    CIO Discusses Current and Future Benefits at RFID Conference

    BENTONVILLE, AR. – May 1, 2007 – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE: WMT) continues to expand its RFID capability to additional facilities, enabling an additional 400 Wal-Mart stores by the end of this fiscal year, Wal-Mart Executive Vice President and CIO Rollin Ford said in a speech Monday. At the RFID Journal Live conference in Orlando, Fla., Ford also discussed the technology’s current and future benefits to both business and consumers including broad benefits for improving sustainability.

    “Through RFID technology, Wal-Mart is providing value to customers, working with our suppliers to deliver collaborative benefits that allow people to save money and lead better lives,” Ford said. “We have only gotten started, and we are continuing to rollout to more stores at the same rate as the last two years.”

    Ford’s speech at the RFID Journal Live conference was a keynote at what is described as the largest end-user RFID conference, attracting more than 2,500 attendees in 2006. He said current benefits include a 30 percent reduction of out-of-stocks, reduction of excess inventory in the supply chain, and sustainability impacts. Ford also outlined advancements including pallet locators now being used at Sam’s Club locations – increasing inventory accuracy and reduced member waiting time — as well as future benefits in pharmacy accuracy, grocery freshness, software, CD and DVD authentication, and 30-second store checkouts.

    “Our focus on using RFID to improve in-stocks for our customers means eliminating extra trips they may make to our store, or to others,” he said. “On a daily basis, more than 24 million people shop our stores. If 100,000 extra trips are avoided by having items in stock, we will save customers $22.8 million a year in gas savings and reduce greenhouse gases by 80,209 metric tons.”

    Ford also described future innovations that could be made possible with RFID.

    “In the near future, customers may be able to enjoy advantages such as automatic warranty activation on electronics, freshness assurance on foods thanks to cold chain monitoring and enhanced product safety as a result of faster, more accurate recalls and better freshness monitoring,” he said.

  20. Deb says:

    This is the 2003 article

    Wal-Mart used microchip to track customers
    High-tech devices monitor product from manufacturer’s headquarters

    It’s from……I hope this works for everyone….sorry about not a having a link.

    Posted: November 15, 2003
    1:00 a.m. Eastern

    © 2003
    Wal-Mart customers who picked up lipstick off the shelf at a Broken-Arrow, Okla., store were part of a little-mentioned experiment earlier this year that tracked consumer habits using Radio Frequency Identification technology, or RFID.
    Proctor & Gamble teamed with the retail giant in the test over a four month-period which allowed researchers to view the Wal-Mart shelves from company headquarters some 750 miles away in Cincinnati, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
    Also, the Max Factor Lipfinity lipstick had RFID tags hidden inside that allowed the inventory to be tracked leaving the shelves.
    The Chicago paper said it was informed of the study by a disgruntled P&G employee.
    Wal-Mart first denied the test, but then admitted it had allowed customers to be watched.
    A P&G spokeswoman said a sign at the Lipfinity display “alerted customers that closed-circuit televisions and electronic merchandise security systems are in place in the store,” the Sun-Times reported.
    She insisted the system could only track lipstick leaving the shelves. Once the product was taken away, it would be out of range.
    A privacy rights group, however, has called for mandatory labeling of the products with RFID chips.
    “On the surface, the Broken Arrow trial may seem harmless,” Katherine Albrecht, founder and director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, or CASPIAN, told the Sun-Times. “But the truth is that the businesses involved pushed forward with this technology in secret, knowing full well that consumers are overwhelmingly opposed to it.”
    As WorldNetDaily reported, Gillette, the nation’s largest shaving-products manufacturer, planned to conduct a trial of RFID last summer at a Brockton, Mass., Wal-Mart store.
    The plan called for Gillette to embed a tiny microchip in each of its products so store managers could track Gillette store stock and alert them if products were running low. Eventually, say critics, the technology could be used to literally track products from store shelves to homes.
    However, according to the Washington Times, Wal-Mart abandoned its “smart shelf” experiment for the time being. Instead, the paper said, the retailer would incorporate RFID technology at each of its 103 distribution centers around the country to monitor inventory.
    The decision, said the Times, came after Albrecht and CASPIAN called for a letter-writing campaign against Wal-Mart. But retailer spokesman Tom Williams denied that was the motivation for Wal-Mart changing its “smart shelf” plans.
    “We didn’t cancel anything. We just didn’t follow through with this particular idea,” he told the paper.
    But the Times report said other large retailers, such as Target and Home Depot, were testing the RFID technology to monitor inventory in their storerooms and distribution centers.
    Wal-Mart and the U.S. Department of Defense have been the biggest boosters of the te

  21. Deb says:

    Nothing for Nothing….Walmart has the money to spend on a program like this……but not higher wages and health care for the employees????

  22. TC says:

    YaYa - you don’t know how less lonely it makes me feel to learn that someone else besides me is driving around in a truck with a cooler for summer purchases:)

    We did a lot of these things when I was a kid- lived rurally, and not much money meant you just couldn’t buy everything at the store. Then like some of the other neighborhood kids, I went to college and beyond, got a city kind of job and promptly forgot everything I knew in favor of ease and convenience. Heck, I couldn’t wait to get to the big city.

    And fast forward to me in my fifties? Back to my roots, and I will likely never return to a city - it was fun, and okay, maybe when I am in my 80s. Nearest neighbors are miles away. Many are ranchers who never quit eating what they raised (some don’t have freezers, they have those cooler rooms set up in parts of their garage). I do miss some city things, but turns out not as many things as I missed in the country.

    And I am brushing up on everything my grandmother probably could have done in her sleep:)

    Read an interview with Michael Pollen (?) author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma, who was discussing processed foods today. A few points I took to heart follow, probably badly paraphrased:

    1) don’t eat anything with more than 5 ingredients;

    2) don’t eat anything with more than 3 ingredients that you can’t pronounce; and

    3) don’t eat anything with ingredients that your grandmother wouldn’t recognize.

    The above does make for a good start in the brave new world of eating amidst the various imported and domestically tainted products we face nowdays.

  23. DMS says:

    I am afraid for this contminated gluten to fall into our government’s or any other organization’s hands. Their past track record has been to allow feeding it to something as the dilution factor will take care of it. Can anybody follow those trucks when they leave? Maybe someone can slip an RFID on it.

    Ellie Says:

    June 2nd, 2007 at 9:29 am
    I really don’t understand all this: we’ve been importing food ingredients from China for years, China has been spiking food with melamine for years, it’s clearly been in our food supply, both pet and human. At this point I wonder how it’s possible anymore that there’s food that ISN’T showing some level of contamination!

    Why did these particular batches of ingredients suddenly cause these massive problems?

    Does anyone know whether melamine builds up over time in the body or eventually is processed out?


    My thoughts on this are that no one can really know –except maybe those who aren’t talking—if all of the melamine , cyanuric acid, whatever else is in there, actually does get eliminated. It would have to be quantified going in and match what is going out, taking into account any amounts used in other biochemical reactions. The FDA/USDA can not really know, their investigation certainly wasn’t a long comprehensive one. Much of the evidence was based on assumptions, like they believe, it is believed, etc. Let’s hope they aren’t planning on a way to feed us the rest of this stuff. I’m sure there’s still more out there, probably at the grocery store as well. Let’s hope they step up the investigation really soon. And tell us the truth!

  24. Patricia says:

    Deb - Thanks for giving me even more reasons to NOT shop at Walmart. Unfortunately they do carry many of the same brands (e.g., Eggbeaters, Oscar Meyer turkey bacon, etc.) as the local grocery stores at a much lower price.
    Amy’s organics is a whole ‘nother story. Last week I found 3 different brands of canned lentil soup in my pantry. Compared the labels. Amy’s was the worst in sodium, calories, etc. The Progresso was the best - and also tastes better to me.

  25. Debbie4747 says:

    dEBConsider me a tad bit paranoid….why do products need chips for tracking? Is Wally the dreaded Big Brother?


    That is just way too scarey. Never knew they did that and whoever posted that they should give the employyes more money instead is right. Geez. But yes, that too could be fun. Go in periodically, say a couple times a day, buy the shaving cream and drop it off at places like toe post office and other federal buildings. The article says it’s only tracking while in the store….believe it? If that IS true, then have fun with it in the store…go up to those cameras and spray the cream into the lens if that’s possible, otherwise be creative with where you leave it. Geez, nothing is private anymore is it?

  26. pam says:

    rfids are found in products sold at many companies such as cvs, eckard’s, sears, radio shack, etc…even nicotene gum. when i buy anything in a box other than food, i open it up at my truck and take it out and find a place to put it. another thought about the way all these companies have treated the american consumer during the pet food crisis. we need to hit them were it really counts….buy stock in the companies. if you can’t do it individually do it as a group…then when you get notice of the annual stockholder’s meeting don’t sign your proxy statement and let someone else vote for you….go to the meeting and voice your concerns about the corporation! if enough people buy small blocks of stock and keep their proxy vote, real changes could begin to happen. plus it would drive them crazy because everyone gets to have their say as a stockholder.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thomas said: Does anyone else wonder if the FDA and USDA are trying to cover up for some big money influential outfit?Lets remember this not only when we shop also when we vote.

    FDA and USDA receive big money from such big outfits = yes.

  28. TEALCSMOMMY says:

    They’ve been putting rat poison(flouride) in our water supply just to get rid of it. See link:
    They know basically what they are doing. They’re just trying not to let it come out!

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