We would like to caution that no exports from this company has been identified as being contaminated and that the only source of information linking Suzhou to the tainted wheat gluten is the one identified by the FDA as the source. We are looking for the FDA to tell us if this lead has been investigated.
A manager at Xuzhou Anying told the AP that the tainted wheat gluten was also sold to another Chinese export firm — identified as Suzhou Hengrun Import & Export Corp., Ltd. (Formerly known as Suzhou Textile Import and Export Co.) That firm’s Web site describes themselves as “one of the 500 largest foreign trade enterprises in China since 1991.” With revenues exceeding US $100 million. Quite a bit larger than Xuzhou, and possibly a larger trade partner with US companies. Their recent name change suggests that the company has been expanding into other export opportunities.
A list of their chemical exports do not contain melamine. Here’s the list:
Rifadin, Clarithromycin, sulphamethoxydiazine, Ganciclovir, glucuronolactone, NITROFURAZONE, Ibuprofen, Pyrazinamide
NOTE: The direct link to Suzhou’s Web sites resulted in a redirection to an x-rated site. Please exercise caution and shield your furbabies’ sensitive eyes. http://www.hengrunchina.com/en/
Thanks to Mr. Spocko for the tip
UPDATE: The USA Today has a very enlightening article on the sensitive trans-Pacific investigation and how the Chinese regulate their food supply. Here are the key points after the jump.
- The official Chinese government stance is that the problem is not related to China
- The Chinese company named by the FDA is cooperating:
Mao insists that the discovery of melamine, if it is confirmed, would be the first time this has happened in China. “We are fully co-operating with the investigation,” says Mao. “We are helping the authorities. We know that the sale of agricultural products to the USA is a sensitive area. We do not refute the news, but we need to know more about it.”
- Menu Foods confirms that the tainted wheat gluten was sold as human-grade
- Top FDA official says “no evidence” that the human food supply is tainted
- FDA overwhelmed with complaints:
Normally the agency gets 5,000 consumer complaints a year on all products. “This issue has generated about 9,400 reports of concerns or complaints. The sheer volume is extraordinary,” says von Eschenbach.
- FDA has tested 430 samples of food
Kudos to Pet Connection.