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Toxic Chicken Jerky Pet Treats Pulled from Store Shelves!

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Story at-a-glance
  • First, the good news. Nestle Purina PetCare and Del Monte have voluntarily recalled their chicken jerky pet treats imported from China. The brands removed from store shelves are Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats, along with Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats.
  • Now for the not-so-good news. The reason for the recall is a potential issue of unapproved antibiotic contamination supposedly unrelated to the problem with these very same treats that has resulted in thousands of sick, and hundreds of dead pets.
  • Interestingly, it was the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) that found the antibiotic residue in the treats. They used a new, highly sensitive test to analyze the products in response to growing consumer concerns.
  • So for now, the chicken jerky treats that may have been sickening or killing pets since 2007 are no longer on store shelves. Let’s hope if they do reappear, they will be safe for your pets.

By Dr. Becker:

In a truly spectacular coincidence, the very same brands of chicken jerky treats suspected of causing sickness and death in hundreds of dogs since 2007 have now been identified as being possibly contaminated with “unapproved” antibiotics. (Apparently the antibiotics are approved for use in China, where the treats are made, and in other countries, but not in the U.S.)

According to NBC News, right after the first of the year, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) informed the FDA it had found trace amounts of residual poultry antibiotics in several lots of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats, as well as Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats.

Treats Have Been Voluntarily Recalled

Fortunately for U.S. pet owners and potential future pet victims, it seems the suggestion of antibiotic contamination was enough to prompt Nestle Purina PetCare (makers of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats) and the Del Monte Corp. (makers of Milo’s Kitchen products) to voluntarily pull their chicken jerky products from store shelves across the country.

The New York agriculture agency discovered very low levels of four drugs not approved for use in U.S. poultry, and one antibiotic that is approved for use, but for which quantities are strictly limited. The antibiotics found were sulfaclozine, tilmicosin, trimethoprim, enrofloxacin and sulfaquinoxaline.

The agency used new, highly sensitive technology to detect the presence of the antibiotics. The tests on the jerky treats were conducted in response to “growing consumer concerns.”

Whatever the reason, I’m extremely thankful NYSDAM took it upon themselves to run the tests. And while discovering antibiotic residue in food products is never “good news,” I’m grateful, in this case, something was found in those treats that caused them to be pulled off the market.

Treat Manufacturers and FDA Make Predictable Public Response

Needless to say, a spokesman for Nestle Purina says the issue with the antibiotics is in no way related to the issue with these very same chicken jerky treats that have allegedly sickened over 2,200 pets and killed well over 300.

The FDA also weighed in. From the agency’s January 9 CVM update:

Based on the FDA’s review of the NYSDAM results, there is no evidence that raises health concerns, and these results are highly unlikely to be related to the reports of illnesses FDA has received related to jerky pet treats. FDA commends Del Monte and Nestle-Purina for withdrawing these products from the market in response to this product quality issue. FDA also welcomes additional information about NYSDAM’s testing methodology, which is different and reportedly more sensitive than currently validated and approved regulatory methods.

As those of you who have been following this fiasco are aware, the FDA has conducted its own “extensive” testing and has to date been unable to find anything in the chicken jerky treats that would cause pet illness or death. Consequently, the agency maintains it is unable to take action to get the treats recalled, or even to effectively warn consumers of the potential for harm to their pets.

At Least for Now, Suspect Treats Are Off Store Shelves

It’s a small victory, but one that brings a sigh of relief. Tragically, for those pet owners who lost beloved companions, the recall does not help.

According to NBC news, a woman from New York whose 2 year-old pug died suddenly in 2011 after eating Waggin’ Train chicken jerky treats, said in a statement:

"How many lives could have been saved if, six years ago, when there was first doubt that the safety of our companions was compromised, the FDA and all manufacturers of imported chicken jerky had issued a precautionary recall until the toxin was found? How much pain and suffering could have been avoided if only they had met their moral obligation six years ago and did the job the taxpayers pay them to do?"

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Some of the best human foods for dogs: peanut butter (although peanuts and peanut butter can contain mold so could be bad for humans and dogs), cheese including cottage cheese (some some dogs can be prone to be lactose intolerant like people), yogurt, watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe, blueberries, salmon, green beans, sweet potatoes, fresh raw carrots, pumpkin, and lean meat… cooked or raw.

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Diamond Dog Food Recall

In a press release dated April 6, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods has announced a voluntary recall of its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice dry dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Lamb Meal and Rice by Diamond Naturals

The recall event was also confirmed in an FDA news release last updated and posted on April 10, 2012.

So far, no illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond-manufactured products appear to be affected.

The product was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

The company goes on to warn:

Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What Products Are Affected?

Diamond Naturals Dog Food Recall Product Information

What to Do

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402.

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Pet Food Recall (December 2011)

Recall on some pet food. Iams, River Run, Dog Power and Marksman so far.

See FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration List of Recalls, Market Withdrawals & Safety Alerts HERE

"Some of these fungi (primarily Aspergillus flavus) produce the very lethal mycotoxins called aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are remarkably potent, often causing disease even when ingested in minute amounts. Aflatoxins can cause disease throughout the body, but are most commonly known for causing acute or chronic liver disease and liver cancer" per www.wellvet.com

Proctor & Gamble Recalls Iams Dry Dog Food

Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food has been recalled due to higher than acceptable aflatoxin levels.

December 8, 2011 – Updated December 16, 2011

 

The Procter & Gamble company has voluntarily recalled a single production lot of dry dog food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit.

The affected product is Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food with Use By or Expiration Dates of Feb. 5 or Feb. 6, 2013. The seven-pound bag has a Code Date of 12784177I6 and UPC Code of 1901402305. The eight-pound bag has a Code Dates of 12794177D2 and 12794177D3, and UPC Code of 1901410208. The 17.5-pound bad has Code Dates of 12794177K1 and 12794177K2, and UPC Code of 1901401848.

The product is said to have been distributed to Pennsylvania, but it already has been retrieved from store shelves. No illnesses have been reported in association with this production lot to date, and no other Iams pet food products are involved.

Cargill Animal Nutrition’s River Run and Marksman dry dog foods also have been recalled for the same problem, but they were not distributed in Pennsylvania.

Consumers who purchased the product listed should stop using the product and discard it and contact Iams at 1-866-908-1569 or visit www.iams.com for a replacement voucher.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities. Pets that have consumed this product and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

Source:  Peter’s Patch

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Update: Nationwide Pet Food Recall

  UNITED STATES — Veterinarian Doctor Andrea Lee says a few of her clients have called with concerns about the latest pet food recall.    
    

“They basically want to know if their dog is okay,” said Fairmount Animal Hospital Veterinarian Dr. Andrea Lee.

Over the weekend, many products made by Mars Petcare were red flagged. This includes a number of national and private label brands, including Pedigree and Wegmans Bruiser dry dog food and Buju and Ziggie cat food.

“The company recalled all of the products made at their Everson, Pennsylvania facility. They were recalled because of the possibility that they are connected to two cases of salmonella in people,” said Wegmans Media Relations Director Jo Natale.

Wegmans has taken the products off their shelves and says so far, the recall is precautionary.

“There has been no definite link with these two cases and no link at all between pet illness and these products,” said Natale. 

Dr. Lee says pet owners who are concerned should watch for symptoms like lethargy, unwillingness to eat, vomiting or diarrhea. But she says despite the Menu Foods scare two years ago, most pet foods today are very safe.

“I think that the manufactured pet foods are very safe for dogs. There are pretty strict regulations for manufacturers of these pet foods and their reputations depend on the safety of their food,” said Dr. Lee.

For a full list of recalled products, visit www.petcare.mars.com or you can call 1-877-568-4463.

By: Giselle Phelps

Product Name / Bag Size / UPC

Country Acres Cat Food 40#16603 02181
Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food 8#79818 96757
Country Acres Ration Dog Food 40#16603 02333
Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food 20#79818 96634
Country Acres 18% Dog Food 40#16603 02331
Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food 50#49394 05666
Country Acres Hi Pro Dog Food 50#16603 02021
Retriever Gravy Blend Dog Food 50#49394 05665
Doggy Bag Dog Food 40#73893 40000
Retriever Gravy Blend Dog Food 8#79818 96756
Members Mark Complete Nutrition Premium Cat Food 20#81131 89881
Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food 8#79818 96755
Members Mark Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 50#05388 67055
Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food 25#49394 00002
Members Mark Crunchy Bites & Savory Bones Adult Dog Food 50#05388 67309
Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food 50#49394 00003
Members Mark High Performance Premium Dog Food 50#81131 75479
Retriever Mini Chunk Dog Food 8#79818 96754
Natural Cat Food (Sam’s Club) 15#81131 89883
Retriever Mini Chunk Dog Food 25#49394 00006
Natural Dog Food (Sam’s Club) 25#81131 89884
Retriever Mini Chunk Dog Food 50#49395 00005
Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition 4.4#81131 69377
Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food 6#49394 56221
Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition 8#05388 67144
Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food 8#79818 96758
Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition 22#05388 60342
Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food 20#49394 00004
Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition 50#78742 01022
Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food 40#79818 96706
Ol’ Roy High Performance Nutrition Dog Food 20#05388 60345
Special Kitty Gourmet 3.5#81131 17546
Ol’ Roy High Performance Nutrition Dog Food 50#78742 05815
Special Kitty Gourmet 4#78742 53199
Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks ‘n Gravy Dog Food 8#81131 69629
Special Kitty Gourmet 7#81131 17547
Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks ‘n Gravy Dog Food 22#81131 69630
Special Kitty Gourmet 8#78742 53200
Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks ‘n Gravy Dog Food 50#81131 69631
Special Kitty Gourmet 18#81131 15748
Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete 4#81131 79078
Special Kitty Gourmet 20#78742 53201
Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete 8#81131 79079
Special Kitty Gourmet 25#78742 54314
Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete 20#81131 79080
Special Kitty Kitten 3.5#81131 17553
Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food 8#79818 96632
Special Kitty Kitten 4#78742 53198
Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food 20#49394 05746
Special Kitty Kitten 7#81131 17554
Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food 40#79818 96676
Special Kitty Kitten 8#81131 24739
Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food 8#79818 96633
Special Kitty Original 3.5#81131 17557
Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food 20#49394 00008
Special Kitty Original 4#78742 04930
Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food 40#49394 05747
Special Kitty Original 7#81131 17562
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition 20#23100 29158
Special Kitty Original 8#78742 05744
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition 30.1#23100 31484
Special Kitty Original 18#81131 17559
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition 36.4#23100 31479
Special Kitty Original 20#78742 05794
Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition 40#23100 29154
Special Kitty Original 25#81131 68869
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 4.4#23100 05104
Wegman’s Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food 4.4#77890 33654
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 8.8#23100 05103
Wegman’s Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food 20#77890 32988
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 20#23100 14719
Wegman’s Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food 37.5#77890 32994
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 32#23100 31483
Wegman’s Bruiser Puppy Dog Food 4.4#77890 33621
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 40#23100 31478
Wegman’s Bruiser Puppy Dog Food 17.6#77890 32991
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 44#23100 05100
Wegman’s Bruiser Small Crunchy Bites Dog Food 4.4#77890 33618
Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 52#23100 05110
Wegman’s Bruiser Small Crunchy Bites Dog Food 20#77890 32982
Pet Pride Indoor Cat 3.5#11110 74584
Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Complete Cat Food 3.5#77890 10005
Pet Pride Indoor Cat 18#11110 74585
Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Complete Cat Food 18#77890 10004
Pet Pride Weight Management Dog Food 17.6#11110 74578
Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Indoor Cat Food 3.5#77890 12038
PMI Nutrition Bites & Bones Dog Food 50#42869 00174
Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Indoor Cat Food 18#77890 12039
PMI Nutrition Canine Advantage 50#42869 00172
Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Kitten 3.5#77890 12036
PMI Nutrition Feline Medley 20#42869 00171
Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Original Medley Cat Food 3.5#77890 10006
PMI Nutrition Gravy Crunches Dog Food 40#42869 00033
Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Original Medley Cat Food 18#77890 10003
Red Flannel Active Formula Dog Food 40# 42869 00063
Red Flannel Adult Formula Dog Food 20# 42869 00055
Red Flannel Adult Formula Dog Food 40# 42869 00054
Red Flannel Canine Select Dog Food 20#42869 00068
Red Flannel Canine Select Dog Food 40#42869 00067
Red Flannel Cat 10#42869 00059

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