Dog food ingredient scheme produces another guilty plea

Another guilty plea was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis in an ongoing case over mislabeled dog food.

According to pleas in the case, a shipment of turkey ingredients destined for an Indiana pet food company was shipped from Texas in 2014, with the help of a Ballwin-based company, Diversified Ingredients Inc., and its California based co-owner, Wilbur-Ellis Feed LLC.

The shipment was supposed to contain premium turkey meal. It actually contained an assortment of low-grade parts including feathers, bones and entrails. It was later revealed in court that the two companies had been mislabeling pet food ingredients for years.

Henry R. Rychlik, a former employee of American By-Products, admitted to two misdemeanor charges of adulteration or misbranding of food, and admitted a role in sending multiple adulterated shipments. He also admitted altering paperwork to cover up the substitution.

The former co-owner of American By-Products, William Douglas Haning, which was sold to Wilber-Ellis in 2011, has pleaded not guilty and said he will fight the charges.

Diversified Ingredients, the Ballwin company, pleaded guilty in July to two misdemeanor adulteration counts and agreed to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution.

Wilbur-Ellis is likely to face three years of probation and pay out nearly $5.5 million, according to the company’s guilty plea.

Read more: St. Louis Post Dispatch

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