Suppliers Fined Millions for Distributing
Mislabeled Pet Food Ingredients
The United States District
Court in St. Louis sentenced
Co. and Diversified Ingredients—to pay a combined fine
of $7 million for shipping adulterated and misbranded pet
food ingredients to pet food
The feed division of Wilbur-Ellis, a limited liability
company with headquarters
in San Francisco, markets and
distributes products and ingredients for use in the pet food
industry, including animal
proteins used in the manufacture of dog and cat food. In
April, the company pleaded
guilty to one misdemeanor count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.
The pet food ingredients shipped from a Wilbur-Ellis facility in Rosser, Texas—specifically, chicken
meal and turkey meal—were adulterated and misbranded through the use of cheaper substitute ingredients, such as feather meal and feed-grade chicken bone byproduct meal, and adulterated and misbranded
by omitting premium ingredients, such as turkey meal, from products identified as turkey meal.
Diversified Ingredients, a corporation with headquarters in Ballwin, Mo., is a commodities broker, merchandiser and distributor whose customers included a number of pet food companies and manufacturers.
In July, the company pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce and one misdemeanor count of introducing misbranded food into interstate commerce.
The adulterated pet food ingredients did not pose a threat to the health or safety of any animal, according to federal prosecutors.
“The FDA recognizes the importance of preserving the integrity of the food supply for animals,” said
Charles Grinstead, special agent in charge of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal
Investigations’ Kansas City field office. “Substituting inferior ingredients in pet food is against the law,
and the FDA, working with its federal and state partners, will take action as necessary to hold ingredient
WHAT U.S. CONSUMERS SPEND MONTHLY
ON CONVENIENCE PET SERVICES
U.S. consumers are spending $177 billion on convenience
services each year, with 46 percent spending on services
such as delivery, driving, handiwork, pet needs and subscription boxes, according to a recent finder.com survey.
Spending on pet services, such as walkers and groomers, ranked in the top five in a three-way tie, with 43 percent of Americans spending an average of $19 per month
on this convenience, the survey found.
Subscription services revealed its popularity among
Americans, with 44 percent spending an estimated $2 billion each month on signups with HelloFresh, BarkBox or
Rent the Runway, making this service the second-most-common convenience, according to survey results.
Men spend upward of 100 percent more than women on pet services. On average, women spend $11 per
month on pet services, while men spend an average of $26, the survey found.
Men also spend more on subscription services such as HelloFresh, BarkBox and Rent the Runway. The survey found that men spend an average of $26 monthly on these services, compared to $7 that women spend on
When it comes to demographics, the survey found gen Y as the generation that indulges the most, spending
more than other generations across the board. On average, gen Y spends $33 on pet services and $24 on subscription services, while gen X spends $9 on pet services and $10 on subscription services. Baby boomers spend
the least amount on both pet services and subscriptions services, spending an average of $5 a month on both.
The most common type of convenience Americans are willing to pay for is food delivery, with roughly 45
percent of Americans spending an average of $63 each month on services such as Seamless, UberEats, Grubhub,
DoorDash, Caviar and Eat24.
The survey of 2,020 U.S. adults was commissioned by finder.com and conducted by global research provider
Pureprofile in June 2018.
TYPES OF PETS,
There has been
a sharp increase
in the number of
sitters offering care
for fish, cage pets,
birds, and reptiles
to a new survey from Pet Sitters International (PSI).
In its 2018 State of the Industry Survey, PSI found that more
pet-sitting companies are serving a wide variety of pets. This
year’s results indicate a significant increase in the number of PSI
members offering services for fish, from 60.9 percent in 2016 to
82.7 percent in 2018; cage pets, such as guinea pigs and hamsters,
from 57. 5 percent to 79.6 percent; birds, from 60.9 percent to 78.3
percent; and reptiles and amphibians, from 39.2 percent to 61.5
There was also an increase in the number of pet sitters offering
care for livestock, from 26. 3 percent in 2016 to 37. 9 percent in 2018;
horses, from 20.1 percent to 28.2 percent; and exotic pets, from 2.9
percent to 7.6 percent.
“We are glad more and more pet owners are recognizing the
benefit of securing professional pet-sitting services—whether they
need care for their chinchillas, cats or pet birds,” said Patti Mo-ran, PSI’s president. “With the growth of the pet-sitting industry,
pet owners are able to leave their pets at home when they travel
and do not have to rely on untrained or unwilling friends, family
members or neighbors for their care.”
HEALTHY SPOT EXPANDS TO SAN FRANCISCO
Healthy Spot, a Los Angeles-based pet retailer founded by
Andrew Kim and Mark Boonnark, will open its first location
in San Francisco this winter. Located in the city’s Mission
Bay neighborhood, the location will serve as a one-stop shop
for pet owners, said company officials.
Healthy Spot offers healthful and nutritious pet food,
eco-friendly pet supplies, quality dog grooming and small-dog day care services, as well as pet-friendly events.
“We are thrilled to be opening a store in San Francisco’s
newest neighborhood and to return to the city where Mark
and I developed the concept for Healthy Spot,” Kim said.
“We truly believe pets are family and are excited to share
‘The Healthy Spot Difference’ with our new neighbors.”
Like in other communities the company serves, Healthy
Spot will host a roster of pet-friendly events throughout the
year including yappy hours, play dates and more.
The store is located at 1200 4th Street at China Basin Street
and will be open seven days a week with varied daily hours.
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