China Detains Exporter of Gluten – David Barboza
From the IHT, an update on the contaminated pet food story:
Mao Lijun, head of the Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development, is being held in coastal Jiangsu Province, about 500 kilometers, or 310 miles, northwest of Shanghai, although a police spokesman in Pei County declined to say on what charges.
In a telephone interview a few weeks ago, Mao denied any knowledge of how melamine, an industrial chemical, had contaminated pet food supplies sold under his company label earlier this year. He also insisted that his company had never exported any wheat gluten and that his products were only sold in the domestic market.
But regulators in the United States named Xuzhou Anying and another company, Binzhou Futian Biology Technology in nearby Shandong Province, as the only sources of the tainted ingredients that led to one of the biggest pet food recalls in U.S. history. [Full text]