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The Star Tribune reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to block imports of wheat gluten from the Chinese company that provided it to the pet food manufacturers that subsequently have had to recall almost 100 products.

According to reports, the wheat gluten that was contaminated with melamine, a toxic chemical found in pesticides and plastics, was shipped to the US from China late in 2006 and early in 2007, and in some cases went to some factories that make human food as well as pet food.

To this point, almost 100 different brands of wet and dry pet food have been recalled, and FDA continues to warn that there could be additional recalls. The FDA has confirmed that some 14 pets have died as a result of consuming contaminated pet food, though there are unconfirmed reports that far more have died or gotten sick.
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