Two months after its first recall, Menu Foods has expanded their recall to include products made without wheat gluten, but that might have been cross-contaminated. There are many more added to the list, so be sure to check the list of newly recalled foods for the US and the list for Canada.
China has made an arrest in the case, but I have to wonder if they’re just making a scapegoat out of some guy who was operating with the tacit approval of the Chinese government, since it sounds like adding melamine to food additives is a common occurrence in China. Also, some of the wheat gluten was mislabeled and shipped through a third party—a textile company. Again, it sounds like this isn’t uncommon. I think what these individuals did is wrong, but clearly the problem is the Chinese government and the government isn’t who will be pilloried.
Arresting a few people won’t change the lax enforcement of the Chinese government, so I’m glad to see Sen. Durbin is working to ensure the safety of pet food in the US.
You can find out much more on the recall on my Pet Food Recall Archive Page.