Federal agents searched Menu Food’s Kansas plant as well as importer ChemNutra in pursuit of charges that they violated the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. The charge is only a misdemeanor.
The AP also found that “since May 2006 alone ChemNutra also imported 440,000 pounds of the second suspect pet food ingredient, rice protein concentrate, from the same Chinese trading agent that handled exports of the tainted wheat gluten.”
Ten of the 11 containers of rice protein concentrate imported by ChemNutra over the last year went to undisclosed pet food companies, spokesman Steve Stern said. The 11th is under quarantine and being tested. But just one of the other 10 is known to have been tested; results from those tests, done last week, showed it was not contaminated, Stern said.
Also, in the continued battle of Menu says, Chem says… Menu Foods reveals it used 2 additional sources of wheat gluten from the US. Only points the finger at ChemNutra’s shipments.