Sunday, February 7, 2010

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Court to ChemNutra owners: Slap! Slap!

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 09:51 AM PST

Yup, that’s it. Sally & Stephen Miller, the owners of ChemNutra, got a slap on the wrist for their part in killing thousands of pets in 2007.

A federal judge today sentenced two Nevada business owners to three years probation for distributing a melamine-tainted ingredient that triggered a massive pet food recall in 2007 and caused the deaths and illnesses of thousands of dog and cats nationwide.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer also ordered Sally Qing Miller, 43, a Chinese national, and her husband, Stephen S. Miller, 57, to each pay a $5,000 fine. In addition, Whipple ordered the Miller’s company, Chemnutra, Inc., to pay a $25,000 fine.

The idea of these people getting off with a lame 3 year probation and a $5,000 fine is more than an insult to everyone whose lives they affected. And, we’re talking about thousands of lives – pets and their people.

According to government officials though, we should all be jumping up and down now that justice was served . . .

“Today’s sentence sends a strong message that we will work tirelessly to stop dangerous goods from entering the American marketplace,” said John Morton, the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “ICE will continue to aggressively pursue individuals and organizations involved with illegally importing tainted or substandard goods that may jeopardize the safety of our families, communities and pets.”

“We commend the action of the U.S. Attorney’s Office against those companies and individuals responsible for many animal injuries and deaths from melamine contamination of pet food. The FDA will support strong enforcement of the law to protect the health and safety of our pets,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Read the rest of Chemnutra Owners Sentenced for Melamine-Tainted Pet Food at

Right! I’ll sleep better at night now knowing my government works so hard to keep us all safe!. Not!

Tell me, if you lost your pet because he or she ate the deadly pet food, how much did you have to pay in vet bills? And what about those of you who have pets who survived, but have lasting health problems as a result? I’m not talking about the emotional cost right now. We all know that’s huge and can’t begin to be measured. But I bet many of you have paid more than $5,000 in vet bills.

And the people who caused it, got a slap on the wrist.

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