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Ground-up turkey feathers passed off as premium dog food ingredient, Ballwin company admits

ST. LOUIS • On March 21, 2014, a 50,000 pound shipment of turkey ingredients bound for an Indiana pet food company was shipped from Texas, with the help of a Ballwin company and its co-owner.

The shipment was supposed to contain only turkey meal, not poultry feathers, heads, bones, feet or entrails.

But a California-based feed company and a Ballwin commodities broker had been mislabeling pet food ingredients for years, substituting lower cost poultry feathers, ground into feather meal, and byproducts for premium ingredients, according to two guilty pleas entered in federal court in the last month.

The California company, Wilbur-Ellis Feed LLC, is likely to be placed on probation for three years later this year and pay out nearly $5.5 million, according to the company’s guilty plea. . .McAtee, a trader, broker and co-owner of Diversified Ingredients Inc. of Ballwin, admitted in his plea that the pet food companies that were his company’s clients received adulterated and misbranded pet food ingredients from the Rosser facility between 2012 and May 2014.

One client received the ingredients between 2012 and May 2014, his plea says. Other companies, which were not identified in the plea but which made and packed food for Blue Buffalo, received multiple adulterated shipments from 2012 to May 2014.

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