Two suppliers of pet food ingredients were ordered to pay a combined $7 million after passing off bones, feathers, and feet as high-quality poultry meal.
Wilbur-Ellis Feed and Diversified Ingredients were issued the fine after having been caught selling the mislabeled products to a number of pet food manufacturers across the United States. Both Wilbur-Ellis Feed and Collin McAtee, a co-owner of Diversified Ingredients, plead guilty to adulteration or misbranding of food.
The mislabeled ingredients were traced to one of 32 feed producers owned by Wilbur-Ellis Feed. A spokesperson for Wilbur-Ellis stated that the facility had been managed by a team that had been in place since before Wilbur-Ellis’ ownership of the facility. She added that the company had taken actions to ensure that facility would operate according in alignment with customers’ expectations.