â€œThere was a sizable amount of melamine. You could see crystals in the wheat gluten,â€ said the FDA’s top vet. Amazingly, no one noticed. Not at Menu Foods, not at Hills, not at Purina, not at Del Monte — all companies who are busy touting their high quality.
So, all they had to do was look carefully. And they didn’t.
Theyâ€™ve also found the chemical, in apparently raw form in concentrations as high as 6.6 percent, in wheat gluten used as ingredient of the recalled cat and dog foods.
But they didn’t. And now thousands of cats and dogs may be dead. More cats than dogs — we knew that already. They are dead and dying because no one bothered to look at the wheat gluten supply to see if there was something funny. So what kind of testing do they actually do?
(The picture is of sample wheat gluten for sale from China.)
Also, the media is finally reporting that more cats are dying than dogs. If you’ve been following the recall news here or on other sites like Pet Connection and Howl911, you’d know that already — not that it’s any consolation. If you would like to be informed when the next recall happens, please sign up for the pet safety alerts.