Food and Drug Administration officials said this afternoon that they will begin testing a variety of finished food products manufactured with imported protein concentrate as proactive surveillance for melamine.
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David Acheson, chief medical officer for FDA's Center for Food Safety, said that there is no evidence that contaminated protein concentrate has gone directly to food manufacturers. But the new surveillance and testing program is proactive to ensure it hasn't. "After we found contaminated rice protein concentrate, it was prudent to ask where else it might have gone," Acheson said. FDA will be expanding testing over the upcoming weeks with 100% sampling of wheat gluten, corn gluten, corn meal, rice protein concentrate, rice bran and soy protein imported from China. The agency will track those products using the prior notices required to be filed with FDA under the Bioterrorism Act.