- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2008

From combined dispatches

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Chinese businesses and a U.S. company were indicted yesterday in the tainted pet-food incidents that killed hundreds of animals last year and raised worries about products made in China.

Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co.; Suzhou Textiles, Silk, Light Industrial Products, Arts and Crafts I/E Co.; and Las Vegas-based ChemNutra Inc. were charged in two separate but related indictments. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas City said the tainted food led to the deaths and serious illnesses of pets in the U.S. last year.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was alerted in March to the deaths of 14 cats and dogs that appeared to suffer from kidney failure after eating. Ultimately, manufacturers recalled more than 150 brands of dog and cat food.

Consumer reports received by the FDA suggested that about 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs died after eating contaminated pet food, the Justice Department said.

One of the indictments charges Xuzhou Anying Biologic, located in China’s Jiangsu Province, and Suzhou Textiles, in Suzhou, China, with 13 counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce and 13 counts of introducing misbranded food into interstate commerce.

ChemNutra and owners Sally Quing Miller, a Chinese national, and her husband, Stephen S. Miller, were charged with 13 counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, 13 counts of introducing misbranded food into interstate commerce and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The indictments accuse Suzhou Textiles, an export broker, of mislabeling 800 metric tons of wheat gluten tainted with the toxic chemical melamine to avoid inspection in China. Xuzhou then did not properly declare the contaminated product it shipped to the U.S. as a material to be used in food, the indictment says.

It also says the shipment was falsely declared to the Chinese government in a way that would avoid a mandatory inspection of the company’s plants.

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