ChemNutra a food, feed, and pharmaceutical ingredients importer in Las Vegas and two companies in China have been indicted in the melamine contamination of numerous pet foods that possibly killed thousands of pets in 2007. Executives and owners from the three companies are also facing charges.
Xuzhou Anying Biologic is charged with 13 felony counts of introduction of adulterated food into interstate commerce and 13 felony counts of introduction of misbranded food into interstate commerce, Suzhou Textiles is charged with mislabeling 800 metric tons of melamine contaminated wheat gluten manufactured by Xuzhou to avoid inspection in China and not declaring the wheat gluten as food material, and ChemNutra is charged with taking possession of the tainted wheat gluten in Kansas City and distributing it to numerous pet food manufacturers. ChemNutra is charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of introduction of adulterated food into interstate commerce, 13 misdemeanor counts of introduction of misbranded food into interstate commerce and one felony count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
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