The Latest on the Breeders Association’s ‘Spelt Bread’ test
The National Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is taking a bite out of the spelt bread industry, announcing that it will require speltbread makers to put a DNA test on their products to verify that they are not adulterated.
The NAPPC said in a statement that it would not ban the spaniel breed, but it would make it mandatory that the products be tested for DNA and other genetic markers that might indicate possible adulteration.
“A DNA test is an accurate and accurate tool that can help identify and remove contaminants from our food supply,” NAPTC executive director Steve DeMoro said in the statement.
“If a product is not properly tested, it is not safe to consume.
By requiring spelt-bread makers and retailers to test their products, NAPOC will be helping to make the industry safer for everyone, including consumers.”
In recent years, there have been some high-profile cases of speltbaking products being implicated in human and animal illnesses, such as a man who died in New York after ingesting spelt bran bread and the death of a lab worker who died after a batch of spelunking spelted bran sold in Australia contained traces of the product.
In a statement on its website, the NAPCC said it was the first time in its 25-year history that it had made a recommendation to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that speltbrains should be required to test for DNA.
The association said the FDA has not responded to requests for comment about the decision, which it said will not affect any products currently sold in the U-Haul, Costco, Wal-Mart and other major U.K. supermarket chains.
It is unclear what the impact will be on the industry.
The NAPBC did not respond to a request for comment.
Spelunkers typically use a special method of making the bran.
The bran is cut and shredded into pieces that are then mixed with water to create the powder that gives the brans its distinctive flavor.
The powder is mixed with a chemical called “spelanol,” which is used in the manufacturing of other foods.
The bran must be ground into powder and then mixed into the product with the necessary water.
Spelanol can be found in most supermarket spelt products.
DeMoro told reporters that he believes the FDA should act as a regulator in this situation, as the agency’s regulations do not specifically address the use of adulterants in the braning process.
“I think it’s an extremely important issue,” DeMory said.
“We’ve seen these products being mislabeled and mislabeling in the marketplace for years, so the FDA does need to get on board with this.”
DeMory noted that the FDA did not regulate the manufacturing process for spelunks, which can be traced back to the mid-19th century.