Man pleads guilty in pet food adulteration case


ST. LOUIS (AP) _ 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 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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