Short Takes

January 2019 Issue




Hefty Fines for Adulterated Pet Food

Companies admit they substituted cheaper ingredients

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, two companies—Wilbur-Ellis Company, San Francisco, Calif., and Diversified Ingredients, Inc., Ballwin, Mo.— were found guilty in federal court of adulterating and misbranding pet food ingredients. Both companies pleaded guilty of the misdemeanors.  

Wilbur-Ellis Company was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $4,549,682 in restitution, criminal forfeiture in the form of a monetary judgment in the amount of $964,442, and a fine of $1,000.

Diversified Ingredients was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution, criminal forfeiture in the form of a monetary judgment in the amount of $75,000, and a fine of $2,000. 

The adulterated ingredients did not pose a threat to the health or safety of any animal.