Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Every Dog Has Its Day - In Court

Since OFAC updated their list of violators and the former University of Tennesse professor was sentenced for his violations this week, it’s only fair that we add an importer to this list.

The importers of contaminated pet food that killed and caused severe sickness in cats and dogs across the country in 2007 may face jail time for their involvement. The pet food was manufactured with tainted gluten from China. The owners pleaded guilty to various charges contained in a Feb. 6, 2008, federal indictment. As a result of an investigation by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Immigration and customs Enforcement (ICE), the importers were prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri.

The two owners of the import company could face two years in prison and a maximum fine of $200,000; however, it is likely they will be given the lesser sentence of probation and a reduced penalty payment. The corporation is subject to a fine of up to $400,000 and a requirement for restitutions. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the U.S. Probation Office completes its investigations.

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