Two Chemnutra officials sentenced to probation for role in 2007 pet food recall

Feb 08, 2010
By staff
Kansas City, Mo. -- Two owners of Chemnutra, which was implicated in the 2007 pet-food recall, were sentenced to three years of probation and fines of $5,000 each. The court also slapped Chemnutra with another $25,000 fine.
The melamine-tainted food was estimated to have killed 4,000 dogs and cats in the United States. Sally Qing Miller and her husband, Stephen S. Miller, of Las Vegas, were indicted, along with their company, Chemnutra Inc., in 2008 for their role in this pet-food recall.

Chemnutra was subject to as much as $400,000 in fines, but the court ruled that a $24 million settlement by the company in a related lawsuit in New Jersey was punishment enough.

The Millers pled guilty and admitted that they knew melamine was substituted for protein in the pet food. They also confessed to knowing the labeling was false and misleading.

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