WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has blocked imports of wheat gluten from a company in China following the recent pet deaths that led to a massive nationwide pet-food recall.
The agency took the action because imported wheat gluten from China is suspected in the outbreak. The FDA also reported last week that it had found the chemical melamine in samples of the gluten.
An import alert on the agency's Web page notifies its field offices to detain any gluten offered for import from the company.
The order applies to gluten from China as well as from the Netherlands, a country through which trans-shipping of Chinese products can occur.
Tainted pet food apparently has resulted in kidney failure in animals across the country.