Thursday, February 7, 2008

Two Chinese firms indicted in tainted pet food scandal

Two Chinese companies and an American importer were indicted on charges of intentionally defrauding American manufacturers about poisonous ingredients used in pet food. Tainted wheat gluten, used as an ingredient in moist pet food, killed at least 16 dogs and cats, sickened thousands of others and led to one of the biggest pet food recalls in American history, involving companies like Procter & Gamble and Menu Foods. It was also a prelude to scores of other recalls of Chinese-made products last year, including tires, fish, children’s jewelry and toys.

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