National Association of Wheat Growers President John Thaemert says the growing pet food poisoning scandal "highlights the problems that can result from depending on another country for something as fundamental as food."
Evidence points to contaminated wheat gluten imported from China as the cause of the deaths of thousands of cats and dogs in the U.S.
"America's farmers take great pride in their longstanding tradition of producing the safest, most abundant and most affordable food in the world," Thaemert says. "While every food safety issue cannot be avoided, it is extremely unlikely that a situation like the current problem with Chinese wheat gluten would happen with U.S.-raised wheat. The U.S. farmer is highly regulated and the U.S. food chain goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of your food. In this case, the source is a known toxin that is prohibited from being used in food in the U.S."