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Chinese firms charged in pet food case

A federal grand jury in the US has charged two small Chinese companies and their US importer for their roles in producing pet food blamed for the deaths of more than 4,000 cats and dogs.

The companies charged are Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development (XAC), a small processor of plant proteins in the city of Xuzhou; and Suzhou Textiles (SSC) ,a Chinese export broker that shipped XAC's products to the US Las Vegas-based ChemNutra , a buyer and importer of food and food components from China was also charged.

Wheat gluten
The indictment was the result of an investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement into adulterated pet food that left an estimated 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs dead. The three companies exported more than 800 metric tons of wheat gluten to the US in at least 13 separate shipments, with value totaling nearly $850,000, between Nov. 6, 2006, and Feb. 21, 2007, using Kansas City as the port of entry.

The Chinese companies and named parties were 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. Each felony count is punishable by up to three years in prison. ChemNutra and the Millers were charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 13 misdemeanor counts of introduction of adulterated food into interstate commerce and 13 misdemeanor counts of introduction of misbranded food into interstate commerce. The conspiracy count carries a maximum sentence of five years; the misdemeanor counts, up to a year each.

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