Del Monte, who recently recalled more than a dozen varieties of pet food, just confirmed that the tainted wheat gluten was sold to them as fit for human consumption:
Del Monte Foods has confirmed that the melamine-tainted wheat gluten used in several of its recalled pet food products was supplied as a “food grade” additive, raising the likelihood that contaminated wheat gluten might have entered the human food supply.
“Yes, it is food grade,” Del Monte spokesperson Melissa Murphy-Brown wrote in reply to an e-mail query.
Wheat gluten is sold in both “food grade” and “feed grade” varieties. Either may be used in pet food, but only “food grade” gluten may be used in the manufacture of products meant for human consumption.
So why won’t the FDA disclose the named of the US broker who sold the toxic wheat gluten?
Several media organizations are investigating the likelihood that the toxic wheat gluten has made into the human food supply.
Washington Post: Sundlof said the FDA is not aware that any of the contaminated gluten went into human food but said he could not confirm this “with 100 percent certainty.”
USA Today: Wheat gluten is also used in some human foods and is an important component of flour, allowing bread to rise. The contaminated batch of wheat gluten is not believed to have been used in any foods for humans.