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Contaminated: Pet Food, People Food

It all started with the contaminated pet food. Then we learned about the tainted hogs and chickens, and now, it seems the plot thickens even more. The Associated Press is reporting that the FDA plans to examine manufacturers of people food that might have used the contaminated batches of wheat gluten and rice protein. Randolph E. Schmid has more:
There is no evidence that any of the two contaminated batches of wheat gluten and rice protein from China ended up as an ingredient in human food, "but it's prudent to look," said Dr. David Acheson, assistant FDA commissioner for food protection.


Acheson said the inspections began this week, covering both human and pet food manufacturers to raise awareness of how important it is to know their supply chain and to make sure none of the contaminated products remain in stock.

The number of facilities to be visited could be in the range of hundreds, Acheson said, based on knowledge of what ingredients go to which manufacturer.

"This is going to go on until we feel satisfied we've got it covered. We're not setting the bar at 50 or 100 or 1,000. We're going to keep doing this until we're confident that we've got our arms around it," he said.
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