Yesterday, CBS led with Nancy Cordes' preview of House hearings into the safety of the food supply and the adequacy of Food & Drug Administration inspections. Only ABC sent a reporter to the actual hearings. Lisa Stark found that the FDA lacks the authority to order recalls and to overcome corporate stonewalling. Cordes, meanwhile, moved on to the widening FDA investigation that was sparked by last month's tainted pet food recall. That probe opened a new line of inquiry into the imported vegetable protein ingredients that are used by the human food processing industry "to keep foods intact and give them texture." If wheat gluten for pets can be spiked with fertilizer to appear richer in protein than it is, what about all the proteins that people eat? Cordes announced that the FDA will start a "massive undertaking" to test glutens, meals and brans made from soy, corn and rice.
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