FDA Serves Search Warrants On Two Pet Food Plants

The FDA served search warrants on two pet food plants that manufactured ingredients involved in the recall of millions of cans of pet food.

From the AP:

Menu Foods also said the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Kansas and the western district of Missouri have targeted the company as part of misdemeanor investigations into whether it violated the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. The sale of adulterated or contaminated food is a misdemeanor. A Justice Department spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

“Menu Foods has been doing everything it can to cooperate with the FDA,” company chief executive officer Paul Henderson said in a statement. “Even before commencement of this investigation we have given the FDA full access to our plant and our records, have answered questions and provided documents to them any time they have asked.”

FDA spokeswoman Julie Zawisza would not confirm or deny that a search warrant was executed. “We have a strict policy of not discussing activities of our Office of Criminal Investigations,” she said.

ChemNutra said it had been informed the company could be held accountable because it imported the melamine-adulterated wheat gluten used in the tainted pet food even though the company had no knowledge that its Chinese supplier had introduced melamine into the product.

“We have cooperated and complied fully with FDA investigators both prior to and since being served with today’s search warrant, and will continue to do so,” Steve Miller, chief executive officer of ChemNutra, said in a statement. “We keep very good records, which has made it relatively easy for the investigators to retrieve what they needed.”

Our money is on China as the fallguy. —MEGHANN MARCO

U.S. agents search two pet food plants [Houston Chronicle]
(Photo: Lone-Star)

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  1. bambino says:

    Yay finally a puppy photo!

  2. rugger_can says:

    Purrrfect.. Beloved pets are dying left and right and companies are shifting the blame around faster then you can say “where’s our cat picture?”

  3. LAGirl says:

    WTF??? a puppy picture?? no kitties? i object!

  4. pestie says:

    HEY!! They world has enough dog pictures already. Let’s get back to the cats!

  5. Greasy Thumb Guzik says:

    @pestie:
    @LAGirl:
    The only good cat is a dead cat!

  6. MentalDisconnect says:

    @Greasy Thumb Guzik: Stop me if you know this one: The only good cat-hater….

  7. catnapped says:

    @rugger_can: Not to worry…some “investigations” will take place, some cash will mysteriously show up in the FDA investigators pockets, and all this will be swept back under the rug faster than you can say “Leaky roof contaminated the peanut butter”

  8. rugger_can says:

    @catnapped:

    I know if this starts to happen here in Canada (passing the buck to china) in regards to these products I will be writing the CFIA and Canadian Health administration complaining. These federal bodies are in place to protect people (and our pets). Thats why they are paid. If they are unwilling or unable to do that job then reforms must be made.

    If anyone cares.

    Animal Health and Production Division
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    59 Camelot Drive
    Nepean, Ontario K1A 0Y9
    Phone: 613-225-2342
    Fax: 613-228-6614

    Thats who handles Canadian Animal food inspection.

  9. LuvJones says:

    Another doggy! This must be my lucky day!

  10. Trai_Dep says:

    I STILL don’t understand how a couple crunchy college students can set a couple Hummers on fire and spraypaint a few others, and get 20 years in the Federal pen after swarms of Federal employees savage them like piranas. While a company that, because it wants to save $0.0035 per metric ton of wheat gluten, poisons scores of pets without being fed to rabid alligators.

    It’s c-r-a-z-y!

  11. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    @trai_dep: It’s all about money and social status. Oh look, oil companies and defense contractors ripping us off for billions…*slap. Bad buisnessman! Don’t do it again!* OMG, college students committing a property crime…*life in prison!* If you’re just a college kid, do you think you’d be treated as an equal to a rich and powerful businessman sitting in a fancy penthouse office? Of course not.

  12. GlobalVillageIdiots says:

    Ah the global marketplace! Greed knows no boundaries and our Communist pals in China are on the fast road to profit at any expense. In this case it is at our expense and our pets. But when you point the finger you have to keep moving because the players are constantly changing. The power of money is in its ability to control and when you are dealing with a lot of money that many more people are controlled/slaves to its whims. It is the basics of consumerism, more is always better – sort of…

  13. rugger_can says:

    @dwayne_dibbly:

    And thus the fallacy of western democracy shines through.