ChemNutra Pleads Guilty in Toxic Pet Food Case

June 17, 2009

Matt J. Whitworth, acting U.S Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that Sally Qing Miller and Stephen S. Miller, owners of pet food supplier ChemNutra, Inc. (Las Vegas), have pleaded guilty on federal charges for selling adulterated and misbranded pet food.

Matt J. Whitworth, acting U.S Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that Sally Qing Miller and Stephen S. Miller, owners of pet food supplier ChemNutra, Inc. (Las Vegas), have pleaded guilty on federal charges for selling adulterated and misbranded pet food.

ChemNutra was indicted on February 6, 2008 over several shipments of toxic wheat gluten that were distributed between November 6, 2006 and February 21, 2007 for use in various brands of pet food. The shipments, which were imported from China, all contained the unsafe contaminant, melamine. This culminated in a nationwide pet food recall, and the deaths of thousands of cats and dogs. FDA consumer reports claim that 1950 cats and 2200 dogs died from eating the contaminated products.

Sentencing and fine hearings will be scheduled after all presentence investigations are carried out by the U.S. probation office.