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Man pleads guilty in pet food case

Man pleads guilty in pet food case

August 10th, 2018 by Associated Press in Texas News

ST. LOUIS—A Texas man has admitted involvement in a scheme where poultry feathers, feet and other items were passed off to pet food manufacturers, distributors and brokers as higher-quality ingredients.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Henry R. Rychlik pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in St. Louis to two misdemeanor charges of adulteration or misbranding of food. He could face up to a year in jail.

The guilty plea is the latest of several in the investigation. Suburban St. Louis-based Diversified Ingredients has agreed to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution. Its co-owner, Collin McAtee, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in May.

Gregory McKinney of Texas pleaded guilty in May for supplying mislabeled ingredients.

Wilbur-Ellis Feed LLC of California pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor adulteration charge.

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