BEIJING - China is carrying out a nationwide inspection on the quality of its
wheat gluten after the United States claimed that the pet food at the origin of
a number of cat and dog deaths used tainted wheat imported from China.
"Sampling and examination are
under way," Xia Wenjun, an official with the press office of the General
Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, told Xinhua on
A dog helps his owner carry a grocery basket
Thursday Feb. 12, 2007, in Shanghai, China. [AP]
The probing targets melamine, a chemical used to make plastic and discovered
by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the pet food recalled by
Ontario-based pet food maker Menu Foods following a rash of animal sickness and
"We will announce the results as soon as the investigation is completed," Xia
The administration in charge of quality inspection and quarantine of imports
and exports carried out tests Monday targeting aminopterin, a rat poison
previously suspected of causing the deaths but later cleared by FDA tests.
Xia said that the administration would stay in touch with the US Embassy to
China and take further measures based on developments in the United States.
She made no comment on Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co.
which was identified by the US government as the supplier of contaminated
The company situated in eastern China's Jiangsu Province insisted they had
never exported wheat gluten to the United States.
All imports traced to Xuzhou Anying will be held in custody at US customs
until investigations are completed, according to the FDA.
Menu Foods commenced a North American recall in mid-March after an unknown
number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and some died after eating their
contaminated pet food.