Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Our Blessed Wheat......

Just thought I'd weigh in on the recent mishap regarding the poisoned wheat gluten that came from China that got mixed up in pet food across the country.

We embrace our wheat culture, our millennia old tradition of using grains as a staple. Wheat is intrinsic to what we do here at the Field Roast Grain Meat Company; it provides substance, form and lots of delicious protein to our grain meats. Occasionally someone will ask me if we could make a wheat free grain meat and the answer is always no...not how we do it anyway. There is no ingredient that we know of that has the power and qualities that wheat does.

The tainted wheat that made its way into the pet food came from China and was poisoned with an outside ingredient; Melamine. The melamine was surreptitiously added to the wheat gluten to artificially increase its protein levels.

We buy our wheat from the most local supplier that we can find; Permolex in Red Deer, Alberta. They do not sell any wheat, nor have they ever, to Menu Foods, the company that has had the issues. The wheat that they use to make our flour is all grown in Alberta, Canada. Hard white winter wheat!

Ethanol and Wheat.....the cool thing about our supplier in Red Deer is that once they rinse the starch out of the wheat, they use it to make Ethanol! There is a whole “green” connection to what we are doing here at Field Roast. Plant-based proteins and bio fuel; being made from one continuous process.

Flesh of the Earth, power to feed our bodies and to fuel our transportation needs in a clean, green and sustainable way! What a great connection!


Blogger Amy said...

Dear David,

Does this mean that your wheat gluten, from Permolex, does not originate in China? Or only that Permolex doesn't supply Menu Foods?

Can you please say where your wheat gluten is grown?

Chinese argiculture has an awful track record on contaminates. I would pay extra to know my family wasn't eating ingredients grown in China.

Thank you.

10:21 AM  
Blogger David said...

Hi Amy,

Permolex doesn't supply wheat gluten to Menu Foods AND it's wheat doesn't come from China. Permolex's wheat comes from Western Canada, which is where it's plant is located.


3:11 PM  
Blogger rivkadr said...

Thank you for NOT making wheat-free products. My husband and I searched all over for soy-free products, because we are both trying to avoid soy (thyroid issues), and yours is one of only a few "fake meat" products that doesn't contain soy. Thank you!!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Ulysses said...

I love your foods, are there any places online that carry a larger assortment. So far I've only been able to find a couple of products on the shelves locally, I dont know if they are so popular that they just sell out quickly or not stocked well. It would be ideal if you also sold retail online.


12:27 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Hi David-

For those people who do have difficulty with gluten, I wonder if you have looked at Emmer Faro as a gluten-free alternative? From what I understand, it is a wheat product that has little to no gluten content. I know people are baking with it, though whether it would have the properties you need to make your product, I don't know. Seems like it would be worth asking around though. Bluebird Grain Farms grows alot of it.


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