Las Vegas Paper Profiles Importer ChemNutra

ChemNutra recounts the days and weeks following Menu Foods’ recall. Including his meeting with the now-arrested manager of the Chinese food maker — Mao — and the FDA investigators who searched his offices.

Highlights below:

Miller told Mao that the chemical melamine had been detected in wheat gluten that his company, ChemNutra, had purchased from XuZhou.

“He said he didn’t understand how that had happened, and he said he would look into it and get back to us,” Miller recalled.

[Miller] believes the U.S. government will pursue more serious charges against others domestically.

“I don’t want to go into details, and I don’t want to say who” may be charged with a crime, Miller said.

He is also confident that ChemNutra will survive. Menu Foods is the only customer ChemNutra has lost, leaving 17 others.

Miller believes ChemNutra has sufficient insurance to pay for any judgments stemming from lawsuits filed by pet owners and others.

(Thanks Lynn)

19 Responses to “Las Vegas Paper Profiles Importer ChemNutra”

  1. JJ says:

    Of all the gall this guy has. What he thinks just cause he said he ‘didnt know’ we believe him? Also he has only lost Menu Foods as a customer still has 17 other left he sells pet food ingredients to. Someone needs to find out who they are so we can check out the pet food that contains the ingredients this ChemNutra imports. He acts like this is not big deal and it will just all blow over cause there will be people going to jail and I hope he’s one of them.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “Miller believes ChemNutra has sufficient insurance to pay for any judgments stemming from lawsuits filed by pet owners and others.”

    That says it all! The article has a comments section and you don’t need to register to make your voice heard in Vegas.

  3. straybaby says:

    Anonymous Says:
    May 20th, 2007 at 2:45 am


  4. 5CatMom says:

    Thanks goodness for insurance!

    I’d hate for these negligent and incompetant companies to actually have to rely on business ethics.

  5. Anonymous says:

    So The Company In China Is Responsible Because They Sold It To Chem Nutra. Menu Foods Is Responsible Because They Bought It From Chem Nutra And Sold It To People To Feed To Their Beloved Pets. But Chem Nutra Didnt Do Nothing Huh. Does He Really Think Americans Are That Stupid. I See Equal Blame When I Look At This Picture. I See 3chances Where This Garbage Could Have Been Tested And Wasnt. There Was Yet Again A 4th Chance For Testing By The Pet Food Companys That Should Have Taken An Interest In What Was Going Into Their Food. But Not 1 In That Chain Even Tested To Be Sure It Was Wheat Gluten Or Rice Protein Concentrate. Not 1 Of Those Responsible Knows What Went Into That Food. The Fda Doesnt Even Know. How Long Was It Before They Announced Wheat Gluten And Rpc Were Actually Wheat Flour. They All Need To Pay And Not Just Financially.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You bet CN is liable, just as all the rest are because they failed to exercise ordinary/reasonable care by testing what they bought before selling it to others.

    There’s also this:

    “An implied warranty of merchantability is a warranty implied by law that if a merchant (meaning someone who makes an occupation of selling things) sells something, that merchant is guaranteeing that the goods are reasonably fit for the general purpose for which they are sold. To be merchantable (salable), goods must meet the following conditions:

    “1. The goods must conform to the standards of the trade as applicable to the contract for sale.

    “2. They must fit for the purposes such goods are ordinarily used, even if the buyer ordered them for use otherwise.

    “3. They must be uniform as to quality and quantity, within tolerances of the contract for sale.

    “4. They must be packed and labeled per the contract for sale.

    “5.They must meet the specifications on the package labels, even if not so specified by the contract for sale.

    “This warranty will apply to one who is a merchant and regularly deals in the type of merchandise sold. If the merchandise is sold with an express “guarantee”, the terms of the implied warranty of merchantability will fill the gaps left by that guarantee. If the terms of the express guarantee are not specified, they will be considered to be the terms of the implied warranty of merchantability.”

    They all fit this definition of implied warranty too. And they’ve all violated the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act by selling adulterated and/or misbranded substances.

  7. menusux says:

    EEK! Somehow I became Anonymous–hope this works now!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Id Really Like To Know The 17 Other Companies That Buy From Chem Nutra So I Can Be Sure To Not Poison My Familiy Or Contribute To Keeping Them In Business.

  9. e wem says:

    With a $500 cap I guess they can afford to kill a few more cats

  10. KaeFamily says:

    Darn, this guy has such a blatant disrespect for the pet owners’ intelligence and determination to rectify this tragic situation. America WAKE UP!!! We cannot be so busy with our lives to let this slip away without a fight. Simply because the next time it will be our own kidneys!

  11. menusux says:

    Have a look at these from CN’s “Captain Crisis” Bernstein. Would advise not even trying for the 1 paragraph Fair Use on them, though.




    On page 4, he urges copyrights for everything internet-published, so there can be legal/PR recourse if needed. There are, however, no copyright laws against commenting on what you’ve read there.

  12. JJ says:

    Anyone have the names of the other 17 companies that still buy from ChemNutra? I do not want to buy anything else that may harm my beautiful Foxy Lady fur baby or myself. Hopefully someone is finding out that information for all of us. Thank you in advance the angel who is doing this for us.

  13. YaYa says:

    I wonder if that insurance was purchased just about the time they began purchasing from China? ;-)

  14. Itchmo » Blog Archive » Recall Update: Monday says:

    […] Profile of ChemNutra in the weeks after the recall. […]

  15. justme says:

    it appears that mr. bernstein would make an able minister of propaganda for some less than palatable regime. i love the crisis mgt part in the blogstorm piece where he advises “say you’re looking into the matter”. at no time does he say that you should actually look into it… just *say* you are.

    i too would like to get my hands on cn’s client list.

  16. Tech says:

    Hey come on yes I am upset about the beloved pets that were lost and all those that are sick, but as far as testing at every point a matrial is handled is
    not only overkill it is impossible. Yes certain amounts should be tested on and off to hopfully detect a problem but that would not guarentee a safe finished product. If all material had to be tested at every point it was handled the cost of producing such a product would at least double and maybe tripple.
    Let’s go after the source, the original producer of a raw material that is sold as safe and is of a certain quality.

  17. justme says:

    tech, i didn’t see any suggestion here that said everything should be tested at every point. i did see it suggested that nothing was tested at any point in the supply chain until it was already a crisis situation, and considering the outcome this appears to be true. if your position is that we should rely on point of origin to be responsible for all testing, i believe you have the qualifications necessary to apply for a position with the fda.

  18. Tech says:

    It has been said everyone is responsible for this material not being tested.
    Not everyone can be responsible if this was true, then individuals are partially to blame because they didn’t test the food themselves. (I know this is rediculous)We all purchase products assuming what is stated in the ads or on the packaging is as it says. Which isn’t the case with the raw material, it was sold as a raw material meeting certain guidelines which it didn’t live up to. I am a pet owner and I would be outraged too at the lack of respect and feelings of some, and I do mean some, of these companies toward the animals that have sufferd through this, but lets face it not every peice of food, animal and or human food material can be tested. If you believe this you are as niave as some of the people who believe everything they read on the net.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Sally Miller, President of ChemNutra, Sin City, America - However, have a strong feeling that Sally Miller (MBA and BS in Food Engineering) just learned that ‘chemicals’ and ‘nutrition’ do not go together. This at the cost of our pets lives. Sally has a dozen years working in China as a QA and Purchasing Manager, now a certified Chief Auditor. She and Steve Miller (CEO and lawyer - husband?) are headquartered here in Sin City.

    Did Sally sleep thru her college class on melamine? Tainted – contaminated!! No, when done purposefully it is poisoned. The big question is who put the idea in the Chinese manufacturers head to start spiking his wheat glutton with melamine to fake out the protein tests in the US? Definitely saves $$$; look at the articles on melamine production/costs in China.

    Folks, look at the ChemNutra website. Look at ‘their’ timeline showing them to be ‘victims’. Spin doctors they are.

    What do you expect when you marry a food engineer and a lawyer? Bad food and many lies.

    Shhhh, remember, what happens here stays here.

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