Nev. couple pleads guilty in pet-food poisoning
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Nevada company and its owners have pleaded guilty to federal charges of
knowingly distributing the tainted ingredient that killed thousands of cats
and dogs that ate contaminated pet food. More than 150 brands were recalled
in 2007 after pets began suffering kidney failure and dying.
Vegas residents Sally Qing Miller, 43, a Chinese national, and her husband,
Stephen S. Miller, 56, each pleaded guilty today to one count of selling
adulterated food and one count of selling misbranded food. Their company,
ChemNutra, which imports food components from China and sells them to
manufacturers, also pleaded guilty.
indictment charged the Millers and ChemNutra, along with two Chinese
companies, with knowingly importing wheat gluten tainted with melamine into
the USA and then selling it to pet-food makers. The Food and Drug
Administration received reports from consumers indicating that roughly
1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs died after eating the poisoned pet food.
Millers face up to two years in federal prison without parole, a fine up to
$200,000 and restitution. ChemNutra faces a fine up to $400,000 and
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when the indictment was handed up in February 2008. In a statement
afterward, a company spokesman said the Millers "deny the allegations
by the Justice Department in the strongest of terms and look forward to the
opportunity to prove their innocence at trial. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Miller
had any intent to defraud or knowledge of any wrongdoing."